Timothy Thomaidis — Project Officer

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I’m a public health and international development professional with a passion for using my professional expertise to help others. It’s this altruistic drive that ignites my spark to be involved in work that has a direct benefit to those in need. I’ve also been using the Smiling Mind app since its inception in 2012. It’s a surreal and exciting experience for me to be working for a company that I have a deep personal connection with, and now on a professional level too!

The best thing about working at Smiling Mind…

The people, first and foremost, but also the projects I’m lucky enough to be a part of. Mental illness is increasingly becoming a more prevalent issue not only in Australia, but across the globe. Young people especially feel this burden, with youth who belong to minority groups (such as LGBTI youth) being even more susceptible.

It’s my aim to do my little bit to help address this concern and in particular to promote mindfulness as a way to prevent mental illness and promote emotional resilience and wellbeing.

The biggest challenge in my role:

Definitely managing my time across all of my projects. I never understood the concept that there are not enough hours in the day to complete all the things you would like to do until I started here! (where’s my time-turner???)

If I wasn’t working at Smiling Mind I’d…

Probably still be working in the non-profit sector. It’s the type of industry that draws altruistic people who want to work for real purpose – it’s a real privilege to feel energised by that collective drive every day.

What I do when I’m not at work:

You’ll generally find me in the kitchen whipping up a storm. Food is a passion of mine –I cook and create to chill out and I love sharing a delicious meal with others. I’m also an accomplished group fitness instructor, inspiring others to pursue their fitness goals – and also to burn off all that food I’m cooking and eating!

On meditation:

For me, meditation is the way I ground myself and focus on being present. Our lives are so busy, complex and stressful – we could be out with friends or at a family gathering but our minds can be miles away. Meditation allows me to take that time to stop, look inward and practice being in the moment.

My favourite inspirational quote:

“Think global, act local”
— Various