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National Psychology Week (13-19 November)

Now in its eighth year, National Psychology Week (NPW) is an initiative of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) that aims to increase public awareness of how psychology can help people and communities lead healthier, happier and more meaningful lives.

From 13 - 19 November, hundreds of Australian psychologists across the country will run public NPW events such as morning and afternoon teas, displays, forums, presentations and seminars to highlight psychology and its contribution to the Australian community.

During NPW 2011, the Australian Psychological Society will launch the findings from a nationwide stress and wellbeing survey to provide insight into the psychological health of the Australian population. Research has shown a strong relationship between stress, well-being and psychological and physical health and functioning. While stress is a part of everyday life, excessive amounts of stress can have an impact on psychological wellbeing, health, relationships, quality of life and enjoyment and productivity at work.

To assist people to cope with stress, the APS has developed a new tip sheet: Understanding and Managing Stress, available online.

To find a local event, download the tip sheet or find a psychologist near you, go to: http://www.psychology.org.au/NPW/

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