The body keeps score.

Understanding how the body, mind and environment intersect is essential to our overall wellbeing. Physical health – both inside of us and in the world around us – has a major impact on mental health. The nutrition we consume, the movement of our bodies, the health of the planet and quality of our housing and neighbourhoods all play a part in building healthy communities.
What does the latest research have to say about the emerging links between trauma, toxic stress, and negative life experiences and its impact on our mental and physical health? How and why do certain experiences remain stored in our bodies? What role should individuals and the services that support us play?

This Breakfast by the Bay, held during Mental Health Week and in partnership with the Western Australian Association for Mental Health will explore the important intersection between our mind, body, environment, and life experiences on our mental health and discuss ways to move forward in processing and healing to live our best lives possible.

Mental Health Week is a national week celebrated each year in October scheduled around World Mental Health Day on 10 October. Mental Health Week provides a prime opportunity to address and highlight the important connection between social determinants and mental health; and promote effective prevention strategies to keep people mentally healthy.

Dr Tiffany Calvert
The body and our nervous system holds onto trauma and stress, which effects our mental health. The nutrition we consume, movement of our bodies, and care we take of ourselves all contribute to building mentally healthy individuals and communities. Dr Calvert, a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in trauma and eating disorders at The Swan Centre, will speak about treatments and strategies to move to a place of processing, healing and thriving.

Associate Professor Claus T Christophersen
Psychological stress has a particularly harmful effect on the vagus nerve and inflammation of the gut linked to causing several mental illnesses including anxiety and depression, with healthy gut function linked to normal central nervous system function. Professor Christophersen, a molecular microbiologist specialising in the role and impact of the gut microbiome on human health will talk about these links.

Belinda McCawley
Embracing our natural world and learning to appreciate the simpler elements of nature can reduce mental distress and create a sense of calm, clear our head and allow time for reflection, relaxation and restoration. Belinda, a certified environmental practitioner and registered Meditation Facilitator and Certified Forest Therapy Guide will talk to using ‘forest therapy’ as a holistic, nature-based intervention to improve wellbeing.


Dr Lies Notebaert
Both the health of the planet and the quality of our housing and neighbourhoods are intrinsically linked with our mental health, sense of place, community, lifestyle, access to nature, connection, safety and wellbeing. Dr Notebaert, a Senior Lecturer School of Psychological Science at The University of Western Australia will speak about the impacts of natural disasters and other climatic influences on mental health and wellbeing.


Adam Przytula
Learning to control our minds and reactions, and how to process, heal and grow from negative experiences shapes our resilience, access to new opportunities, coping skills, connections, and relationships. Adam, Founder and Director of Armed For Life, a social enterprise driven by the goal of helping children, teenagers and adults develop resilience and increase their wellbeing and mental health will talk to mindfulness, meditation and training the brain for self-care.