This simple handbook provides insight into the causes of mental health problems and how to avoid them. Mental Health and emotional well-being requires a healthy brain, a clear conscience and a reason to live.


What we eat and drink, and how we sleep, greatly affects how we think, feel and behave. Guilt and shame can lead to anxiety, depression and addictions. Connecting with people and having a purpose provides a reason to live.


Trevor and Annie Boulton, producers of the world acclaimed 'Toxic Thinking' Apps, mental health education programs, 'Holistic Mental Health' online training course and founders of the Institute,  have combined the knowledge gained from their own lived experiences and years of research, to produce a unique, Psychologist endorsed, non-clinical easy to read life-skills handbook based upon Maslow's Plan For mental Health.


We, at the Institute, are focusing our efforts on preparing young people who are completing their secondary education to 'take on life' by partnering with Rotary Clubs across Australia to provide books to guidance officers, wellbeing teams and their students.


A stressful time for many, the 14-24 age group experiences the highest incidence of mental health concerns and self-harm, which is not surprising due to the major life changes that they are experiencing.


Whether moving away for study, moving out of home, looking for employment, starting to budget, manage accommodation, finding that work, life and study balance - all the changes that come with “becoming an adult” can have a huge impact on mental well-being. 


These impacts, combined with the new-found freedom of independent living and pressures to succeed, can lead to a downward spiral. In the worst cases, we may see these young adults turning to addiction, isolation and reckless behaviours to cope with the pressures.


This is why we have produced “How to Stay Sane in A Crazy World”- a unique handbook for students, families and guidance officers.


The handbook provides information and tools to ensure they can better cope with life's mental and emotional challenges. Our mission is to help school leavers avoid these pitfalls, or at least prepare them for the issues that may arise.


This handbook will provide the knowledge and give the tools that can be applied personally and shared, to give the best chance of managing their own futures and the future of generations to come.



A Queensland State High School Story


November 20th 2019 - Year 12 Guidance Officer

- A Request For Books


"I would love to give each of these students a copy of this resource as a toolkit for later life. I would also love to have copies available for families grappling with mental health concerns as this may save a life.


I enthusiastically endorse this mental health resource and encourage other personnel working with young people to take it on board". 

Read The Letter Here



Consequently, 450 Books Were Provided By

The Rotary Club of Maryborough - Sunrise



August 19th 2020 -  School Principal - A Letter Of Appreciation


"This resource is a great overview of aspects that contribute to and help sustain good mental health. It is a very timely additional tool for our student welfare team during these challenging times when we are seeing a marked increase in anxiety". 

Read The Letter Here


Partnering with Rotary Clubs In Your Area



Govt. Child And Youth Mental Health Psychologist


"When I received a copy of Annie and Trevor Boulton’s book “How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World” I was buoyed by the simplistic yet comprehensive information it contains. This book covers the core factors related to meeting a child’s needs and protecting mental health. What’s better is that it is not written with jargon or technical terminology that alienates or confuses people, but rather has a clear and easy to read format with great images to help get the message across.". 

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Former Queensland Minister For Health


"Resources for young people to develop healthy lifestyles and coping strategies are always welcome". 

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Medicare Local


"Trevor and Annie have been educating young people in schools and the wider community about mental illness for many years and produced the 'Toxic Thinking Apps' which have been downloaded many tens of thousands of times across the world".

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Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia


"I congratulate Trevor and Annie Boulton for their efforts. Mental Health is essential to personal wellbeing, family and interpersonal relationships and the ability to contribute to community and society". 

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St James Lutheran College


"The information has helped not only arm our students with the basics of mental health care but we as teachers are better equipped to notice key issues that arise from our day to day work with adolescents.  I therefore, thoroughly endorse the work that Trevor and Annie Boulton are doing and the importance of training the next generation in the principles of holistic mental health".

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'It's Trevor and Annie's plain English, down-to-earth and transparent approach that cuts through the jungle of academic speak that feels refreshing and keeps it real.


It’s holistic, not clinical - It's real and their language is plain English - They have a sense of humour - They are transparent and have a real story of their own mental health issues.


It's obvious that they love people and want to protect them from the kinds of mistakes that they made.

- Hope Centre Pastor - Logan City



Hey mate. I've spent way too much time today reading your new book because, although I'm supposed to be working, I can't put it down. It's just brilliant mate. I think it just brings all of your past work together into one big crescendo.


This will really set a lot of people free.

Well done both of you. This is a fantastic effort

 - Matt, Family Counselor, Brisbane




Trevor & Annie Boulton

The Brain Health Education Institute

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Hervey Bay, Queensland, 4655


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