Palmyra resident encourages people to think about happiness during Mental Health Week

Palmyra resident Natalie Barker is encouraging people to think about happiness during Mental Health Week. Picture: Jon Hewson
Palmyra resident Natalie Barker is encouraging people to think about happiness during Mental Health Week. Picture: Jon Hewson

NATALIE Barker has spent a lot of time thinking about happiness.

Speaking ahead of Mental Health Week, which runs from October 7-14, the Palmyra resident has reflected on her own battles with depression.

“I think it came from being a single mum and there is depression in my family, I battled to be happy,” she said.

“I started my research into positive psychology at ECU in the 2000s, I thought I had nothing to lose.

“Everyone is on their personal growth journey to work out what makes your heart sing.

“For me it was about applying strategies such as exercise, meditation and positive relationships to overcome those issues.”

Ms Barker is running a seven-week Pathway to Happiness Course at the Girl Guides’ Hall in Applecross from October 16.

“The idea is to help people create positive connections and to find happiness,” she said.

“I want people to reflect on each lesson and how they can make life changes.”

Ms Baker said she spoke about happiness to private clients and through her blog Hello Happiness.

“I’ve noticed that stress is something most people are affected by, it lowers their well-being,” she said.

“During Mental Health Week, I’d encourage people to visit a service and do something for themselves”