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Discovering your best self to overcome anxiety and depression

Psychology awareness week

Problems with anxiety and depression are becoming commonplace in today’s World.

The World Health Organisation now calls depression the common cold of mental health problems.

In an attempt to help tackle this problem head on Waikato DHB mental health and addiction experts are offering a unique initiative by bringing their expertise free to the public with seminars across the Hauraki-Coromandel region called ‘Discovering your best self to overcome anxiety and depression’.

The clinical psychologist spearheading the seminars, Henck Van Bilsen, Waikato DHB, says this is a chance for anyone in the community to come and find out more about stress, anxiety and depression from trained specialists.

“Whether it’s you or you want to support a friend or family member you’re concerned about then these seminars will be an eye-opener with evidence based-information about stress and anxiety as well as techniques and inspiration to help people make positive change.”

The free seminars will being during New Zealand Psychology Week, from 21 to 27 November 2016.

The seminars will be held on the following:

  • 19 November, Paeroa
  • 26 November, Whitianga
  • 3 December, Thames

In the seminars participants will learn how depression and anxiety are linked with the following life skills: recognising helpful and unhelpful thinking processes; expressing positive and negative feelings; building and leading a meaningful life, problem solving and the ability to be compassionate (with oneself and other people).

During the seminars these life-skills will be reviewed and participants will get an opportunity to practice them and apply to their lives. The workshops will be facilitated by consultant clinical psychologists Jon Ballantyne and Henck van Bilsen.

Reserve your place by calling the Manaaki Centre on: 0800 080339. The friendly receptionists will take your details and tell you where to go on the day.

For more information contact Henck van Bilsen: 021851766.

More about New Zealand Psychological Society Psychology –  21-27  November


The theme of the NZ Psychology Week is “living life well”. This initiative aims to increase public awareness of how psychology can help people, families/whanau and communities find ways to increase their psychological wellbeing. It also aims to raise awareness of the wide variety of roles that psychologists have in the health, justice, corrections, educational and other sectors.

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