Ash King – Psychologist, Writer/Designer & Social Media Researcher
I used to get up on stages to bust out covers of Cold Chisel songs. Now I get my kicks sharing insights, writing articles and facilitating workshops on mental health and psychology with my brand, Heavy Mental.
Who says the road to well-being must be paved with clinical jargon and boring self-care sermons? I’m keen to make mental well-being accessible, relevant and a little bit rock’n’roll.
I’m a registered psychologist, writer/designer and social media researcher. I am currently the resident psychologist at Support Act and undertaking a Phd with the Cyberpsychology Research Group at The University of Sydney (exploring social media and identity).
Over the past few years, I’ve facilitated workplace well-being workshops for brands/organisations including Amazon, APRA/AMCOS, Unified Music, Australian Institute of Music, Australian College of the Arts, Linktree, Pedestrian TV, Bigsound and Pinterest. In collaboration, I help devise and present Support Act’s ‘On My Mind‘ monthly web-panel series, discussing mental health & well-being topics and their unique impact on those working within the Australian music industry. We’ve dug into big topics including anxiety, depression, creativity, perfectionism, self-care and goal-setting & motivation, and hosted a range of awesome Australian music industry guests.
I have contributed to publications including Vogue AU, The Guardian, Refinery29, ABC Everyday, Russh Magazine, Elle Mag, WILD Wellbeing, Body + Soul, The Sydney Morning Herald and Lifehacker, and appeared as a mental health expert on Triple J’s Hack, Bigsound 2020, Arc UNSW’s Stress Less Week, and Russh Weekend. My former life in creative industries across tv & film, music, radio and theatre, offer me a fresh perspective when it comes to mental health and psychological wellbeing.
Hit me up for comments on psych/mental well-being topics, consultation work, custom creation of mental health & mindful content well-being workshops for your organisation or business. You can learn more about my workshops, courses, merch and content at HeavyMental.com.au
Ash King is a psychologist, writer/designer & cyberpsychology researcher at the University of Sydney. After her life in the music industry came to a halt following a vocal injury, she’s now using psychology & mindfulness to help folks live their best lives with creativity, passion and purpose. She has worked across a range of creative fields, including film & tv, live music, visual arts and radio, and run workshops and talks for Amazon, Pinterest, Linktree, Pedestrian TV, APRA/AMCOS and BigSound. She believes that learning to manage the mind can be a fun and inquisitive process. Through insight, wisdom and a splash of pop culture, she helps individuals & organisations develop practical skills to go deep, get wise, and be happy.