Information Booklets


Latest News

A childish panic about the next generation. Many of those fretting over the state of contemporary childhood, concerned that kids are passive, cooped up and sedentary, are motivated by nostalgia - sometimes even by snobbery.

By Helene Guldberg (Click to continue reading)
Prescriptions given to children for depression quadruples in decade. The number of prescriptions given to children aged under 16 for depression and other mental health diagnoses has quadrupled in a decade, according to official figures.
By Angela Hussain (Click here to continue reading)
Standing Without Shoes (Book)
Creating happiness, relieving depression, enhancing life. Standing Without Shoes has a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This popular Australian self-help book promotes a solution focused approach to improving wellbeing.  Helen Street and her co-author George Burns discuss the need to improve our understanding of our own path to happiness as a means to preventing and treating depression. (Click here to read a review of this book)


British WISE. WISE directors


Dr Helen Street works with research officer Neil Porter and an experienced research team to bring your school the best possible evaluation.

Having successfully completed a PhD in depression and wellbeing at The University of Sheffield, Dr Helen Street worked as a research officer before travelling to Australia in 1998. Helen was employed as a university lecturer in Queensland and quickly gained international standing as an expert in psychological aspects of depression and wellbeing. She has published internationally in respected academic journals and presented her work in Europe, North America and Australia. In 1999 Helen was employed by the medical faculty at the University of Western Australia. She became a senior lecturer in 2003 and took over the running of the undergraduate Behavioural Science program in late 2005. Helen began formally evaluating children in school settings in the UK and in Australia in 2000 and quickly gained a reputation as an advocate for the importance of meaningful and accurate evaluation of wellbeing within our schools. In addition to her published papers, Helen co-wrote the self-help book “Standing Without Shoes” with George Burns in 2003. Standing Without Shoes explores the prevention and treatment of depression through an increased understanding of happiness and wellbeing. The book was endorsed with a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and has been recently translated into Spanish and Portuguese. Helen is married with two children. She now calls Norwich in Norfolk her home although she still spends time both here in the UK and in Perth, Western Australia. Helen is an adjunct research consultant for the health department of Western Australia's Centre for Clinical Interventions and a registered psychologist specialising in the cognitive treatment of depression.



Whole School Mental Health Assessment


Neil Porter has worked as a research officer in psychology and behavioural science since 2001. He has been actively involved in projects in both the school of Psychiatry at the University of Western Australia and in The School of Psychology at Edith Cowan University in Perth.

Neil is primarily interested in the promotion of positive social behaviour among school aged children and also the prevention of depression through increased understandings of goal or directed behaviour. He has also been involved in research investigating psychological causes of depression among cancer patients.

In addition to his keen research interests, Neil has previously worked as an I. T. specialist in the UK. He maintains a keen interest in the development and use of computer software and the use of the internet for educational resources and business development. Neil is now primarily interested in the development of mental health assessment across UK schools.






Helen has a number of publications pertinent to the identification and prevention of psychological problems. 


Some of these are listed below:


Burns, G. W. & Street H., (2003) Standing Without Shoes: Creating happiness, alleviating depression. Prentice Hall: Sydney


Please click on the image below to read more about and order Standing Without Shoes



Standing Without Shoes has a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama


“I believe that the purpose of life is to be happy…In [Standing Without Shoes] the authors have combined their experience to produce a practical guide to achieving happiness and overcoming depression.  They show how by increasing our sense of inner peace and happiness we can improve the quality of our own lives as well as those around us”

His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso

The fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet

Schofield, G., Mummery, W.K., & Street, H.. (2004). Understanding adolescent athletes: conditional goal setting anxiety and depression. New Zealand Journal of Sports Medicine, 31(4), 82-87.


Street, H. (2004) Childhood wellbeing in the classroom: the importance of a nurturing environment in Smith, L. & Riley, D. (eds) Checking The Pulse. The University of New England, NSW


Street, H., Hoppe, D., Kingsbury, D. & Ma, T. (2004) The Game Factory: Using Cooperative Games to Promote Pro-social Behaviour Among Children Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology. 4, 86-99


Street, H. Nathan, P. Durkin, K. Morling, J. Dzahari, M. Carson, J. & Durkin, E. (2004) Understanding the relationships between wellbeing, goal-setting and depression in children. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry Mar 38(3):155-61


Street, H., (2003) Who will you be when you are happy? The experience of happiness in the treatment and prevention of depression. Psychotherapy in Australia 9 (4) 14-18


Schofield, G, Dickson, G., Mummery, W.K., & Street, H (2002) Dysphoria, linking, and pre-competitive anxiety in triathletes. Athletic Insight-The Online Journal of Sport Psychology. August 4 (2)


Street, H. (2002) Exploring relationships between conditional goal setting and depression in Australian cancer patients Psycho-Oncology 10, 1-10


Street, H. (2002) Exploring relationships between goal setting, goal pursuit and depression: A review. Australian Psychologist 37 (2) 95 – 103


Schofield, G.M, Mummery, W.K., & Street H. (2001). Conditional goal setting anxiety and depression in adolescent athletes. International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) 10th World Congress of Sport Psychology 1 286 – 288


Street, H. (2001) Exploring the role of Conditional Goal Setting in depression. The Clinical Psychologist 6 (1) 16 – 23


Street, H., Sheeran, P. and Orbell, S. (2001) Exploring the relationship between different psychosocial determinants of depression: A multidimensional scaling analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders 64 (1) 53-67


Street, H. (2000) Exploring relationships between conditional goal setting, rumination and depression. Australian Journal of Psychology 52, 113


Street, H & Colvin, M. (2000) Individual goal setting, depression and treatment outcomes in cancer patients. Proceedings of the British Psychological Society 34-35


Street, H. (1999) Depression and the pursuit of happiness: An investigation into the relationship between goal setting, goal pursuit and vulnerability to depression.The Clinical



Street, H., Sheeran, P. and Orbell, S. (1999) Conceptualizing depression: An integration of twenty-seven theories. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy 6, 175 – 193


Street, H., Sheeran, P. and Orbell, S. (1997) Concepts of Depression: British Understandings of an International Problem. Proceedings of the British Psychological Society, 5 (1), 59.