We know that nearly half of all New Zealanders will experience mental illness and distress at some stage in their lives. They’ll either experience it themselves or come into contact with friends, family or colleagues experiencing mental illness. People want to help but they often don’t know how.
Increasing knowledge and understanding of mental illness is also important to counter the level of stigma that exists in our community. So we have teamed up with the HEART Network in Tāmaki to offer a free one-day workshop open to anyone who wants to learn how to recognise mental illness, relate to those experiencing distress and know how to respond appropriately. This will be held at Te Waipuna Puawai Mercy Oasis on the 16th of February.
The key elements the workshop will cover are:
Recognise good mental health and what you can do to maintain it. Recognise the signs of stress or deteriorating mental health.
Relate to what people experiencing mental distress and mental illness may be going through. Understand how their reactions may impact on the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of others.
Respond wisely and appropriately in any situation where someone experiencing mental distress or illness needs support.
We have been overwhelmed by the level of interest in the workshop and it is full with a waiting list. However this training is something we intend to offer again during the year and if you would like to register on the wait list please let send your contact details to Camille: CamilleG@adhb.govt.nz and he will be touch with updates.