Matthew
Johnstone and
Michael
Player

Matthew Johnstone worked for 13 years as an art and creative director in advertising where he created award winning work in Sydney, San Francisco and New York. He also had successful photographic and illustrative exhibitions in the US. In 1999 his first book What’s the Story? was published by Stewart Tabori and Chang. I Had a Black Dog, an illustrated book on what it is to suffer depression, was published by Pan Macmillan in 2005. They published the follow up, Living with a Black Dog, in 2008. Living with a Black Dog  was a UK bestseller, reaching the  #9 spot on the Sunday Times Bestseller List.  Matthew's latest book is The Big Little Book of Resilience, published by Pan Macmillan in Australia and Constable & Robinson in the UK.

Michael Player is a registered clinical psychologist and experienced mental health researcher. Michael is presently a researcher at the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre, conducting groundbreaking research on how stress affects the heart rate patterns of miners in Western Australia. He is also a key researcher in a number of international studies looking into the relationship between circadian heart rate patterns and various mental health disorders. Michael spent the previous six years as a researcher at the Black Dog Institute working on a number of studies focused on stress, depression and suicide. Michael has been the recipient of University awards, medals, and scholarships, which have supported him to fulfil his research objectives. His underlying clinical philosophy is that people are the panacea for their own ills, and will and their own solution if they are assisted to remove the obstacles that prevent change from their path.

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