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SDHB to hold mental wellbeing talks in Queenstown

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 10 Sep, 2020 | By Joanna Perry newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

The Southern District Healthboard (SDHB) are inviting members of the public to register for a free talk about ‘How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World'.

Consultant Clinical Psychologist Henck van Bilsen will present his ideas on how we can look after our mental wellbeing at a number of district venues, including Queenstown Events Centre.

The initiative is a response to the impact of COVID-19 on the health and wellbeing of people in Southern communities, and focuses on teaching people strategies to help them deal with thoughts that lead to stress, anxiety and depression.

“Things can and will go wrong for all of us sometimes, especially in these times of COVID. If you feel stressed, overwhelmed, depressed or anxious, or if you find you are not living the way you want to live, this will introduce you to new ways of how you can help yourself,” said van Bilsen.

During his 40 years of experience as a clinical psychologist, Henck has learned that lectures and short workshops on mental wellbeing can have a huge impact on the resilience of people and communities and reduce waiting lists for psychological therapy.

The two-hour talks are open to everyone wishing to learn new ways of overcoming a range of emotional and behavioural problems including anxieties, depression, consuming too much alcohol or drugs, shyness, hurt, guilt, shame and embarrassment.

Sessions at the Queenstown Events Centre will take place on Wednesday, October 21 from 2-4pm, and again at 6:30-8:30pm.

To register, email: ann.kingsbury@southerndhb.govt.nz. For more information, visit: https://www.southernhealth.nz.

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