Mental Health Awareness Week in New Zealand has been increasing in both recognition and profile over recent years as there is a growing awareness of how mental health impacts so many other aspects of our lives.
In 2020, GROW offered a series of free webinars that included international and local experts talking about various aspects of mental health, updating practitioners on trends, success stories and evolving best practice.
Following on from this success we have now finalised the 2021 programme.
All workshops run from 12 noon - 1pm or 4pm - 5pm each day so grab your lunch / a snack and learn from our experts. We hope you enjoy it!
We are fortunate to be working with some very inspirational people who are pleased to offer these stunning FREE webinars during Mental Health Awareness Week.
Our programme is as follows:
Friday 1 October - 4-5pm
When It is Darkest: Why People Die by Suicide and What We Can Do to Prevent It
Professor Rory O’Connor
Suicide is baffling and devastating in equal measures, and it can affect any one of us: one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds. Yet despite the scale of the devastation, for family members and friends, suicide is still poorly understood.
Drawing on decades of work in the field of suicide prevention and research, and having been bereaved by suicide twice, Professor O’Connor in this interview will discuss his internationally acclaimed book and will untangle the complex reasons behind suicide and dispel any unhelpful myths. For those trying to help someone vulnerable, it will provide indispensable advice on communication, stressing the importance of listening to fears and anxieties without judgment. And for those who are struggling to get through the tragedy of suicide, it will help you find strength in the darkest of places.
If you have ever been suicidal, have lost someone to suicide or are supporting someone who is suicidal or self-harming, Rory's biggest hope is that his book helps, in some small way, in making sense of your own pain or the pain of those who struggle or have lost the battle to live.