Want help raising happy, relaxed, resilient kids?
You’ve come to the right place.
I’m Dr. Jodi Richardson – speaker, educator, writer and mum.
I’ve had anxiety for as long as I can remember. Of course, as a little girl I had no idea what anxiety was or even that it existed. Neither did my parents. It wasn’t until my mid 20’s that I was diagnosed and began on the path to recognising and understanding my anxiety, learning strategies to handle difficult thoughts and feelings and taking action to cultivate a life filled with meaning and purpose.
These are the skills I want for my kids, and for yours too.
Uncertainty, challenge, (sadly) danger and anxiety are all a part of life. We experience it and so do our kids. Our role as parents is to help our children navigate their journey with all it’s highs and lows, along the way teaching them how to recognise, understand, express and manage what goes on in their hearts and their minds.
As a happiness and wellbeing expert I combine knowledge from 9 years of university study, my experience as a teacher, with beyondblue and as an exercise physiologist helping clients manage their anxiety and depression, so that together, we may raise children who flourish.
Statistics around the mental health of children paint a worrying picture. One in 7 primary school children experience mental illness, this rising to 1 in 4 for secondary school kids.
It’s imperative that we as parents equip our children with skills to mange their mental health in the same way we teach them to look after their physical health.
There’s so much we can do.
Findings from wellbeing science show us that there concrete thinking and practical skills we can teach our children that make a genuine and positive difference to their happiness and mental health over time.
I’m dedicated to sharing this knowledge.
And whether I’m presenting to parents, students or teachers, my commitment is always to share my knowledge and the science in a way that empowers people with evidence-based strategies and the confidence to take immediate action.
I’ve developed my expertise over many years of education and professional work. I love learning and have earned a Bachelor of Education, First Class Honours degree and my PhD (Medicine). I have since continued my education through studies in the science of happiness and psychological flexibility (Acceptance and Committment Therapy). Plus, I’m a total book nerd and am always reading.
Past professional roles include secondary teacher at Peninsula Grammar; for the National Schools Based Initiative for the prevention of depression at beyondblue; clinical exercise physiologist; wellbeing and high performance writer for the Australian Institute of Sport and a range of Australian magazines; wellbeing retreat facilitator for Melbourne Girls Grammar and wellbeing speaker for The Peninsula Hot Springs.
I now spend my time speaking at schools and to parent groups, creating easy to use, evidence based resources for parents and as the Mental Health and Wellbeing expert for Parenting Ideas Insights national newsletter, Parenting Girls and Parenting Boys online courses.
A professional highlight for me was to be an invited panelist at the 2013 Australian Psychological Society breakfast alongside TED speaker and international Meaning and Purpose expert, Professor Michael Steger.
Jodi is a mental health, wellbeing and happiness science speaker. She’s dedicated to helping parents and teachers understand the origins and physiology of anxiety in their children and students, and how to thoughtfully, and flexibly respond, rather than react, to the anxieties of the young people in their care, so they may begin to flourish.
Knowing that happiness comes not from what we have but what we do, Jodi redefines happiness and shares the science-backed skills young people need to increase their wellbeing and navigate the ups and downs that are a part of being human. Habits for mental health and happiness, so that young people can create a rich, full and meaningful life, are integral to Jodi’s work.
Jodi’s dedication to the mental health and wellbeing of children is palpable during her presentations. Her natural warmth, openness and honesty, combined with her ability to share happiness and wellbeing science with ease, empowers and inspires parents to take action.
· Parent seminars
· Teacher training/presentations
· Conference keynotes
jodi [at] drjodirichardson [dot] com [dot] au
As Seen In
Fear and anxiety happen. What’s important, is what happens next.Christopher McCurry, PhD
Selena Henshall, VIC
Catherine Dunbar, Principal, St Ursula’s College, Yeppoon, QLD
Lamia Rockwell, Director of Senior Years, Melbourne Girls Grammar, VIC
Warren Howard, Director & HR Specialist, Howadco Business + HR Solutions, VIC
Belinda Brewster, Victoria
Michael Grose, Parenting Ideas, Certified Speaking Professional, Winner 2013 Australian Educator of the Year