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MHAPS Theme Talk for May 2017: All about anxiety

Wednesday, May 03, 2017   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: mental health, seminar, anxiety

Mental Health Advocacy Peer SupportAnxiety is the most common form of mental health distress, more common than even depression. It affects about 15% of the population at any one time. Anxiety is frequently a precursor to depression with some people losing hope that their anxiety will ever diminish.

Anxiety arises from our natural flight or fight response to danger. This response can keep us safe from harm and - through chemical changes in our bodies - enable us to react quickly to danger. What distinguishes anxiety from this useful response is when there is no danger - only the perception of danger.

There are many levels and types of anxiety and therefore many possible responses to it. For example, people with mild anxiety may be able to ‘just get on with their lives’ or they have developed small strategies to keep them ‘safe.’ However there can be a significant impact on a person’s ability to function and live well when anxiety levels are higher. The changes needed to accommodate anxiety and to stay safe can become more and more debilitating.

Date and Time: Wednesday 24th May 2017, from 6 to 7.30pm
Location: MHAPS (826 Colombo Street - corner with Peterborough Street)
Cost: Gold coin donation.

The speaker will be Hannah Blakely from the Anxiety Disorders Service (Canterbury DHB). Hannah's talk will include:

  • The origins of anxiety - is it nature or nurture or both;
  • what can we do to reduce the symptoms of anxiety;
  • how things like exercise, being outdoors and good diet help;
  • how breathing and relaxation techniques or mindfulness help;
  • the role that behavioural techniques can play;
  • how to move away from anxiety and towards recovery;
  • how to manage the low mood that can accompany feelings of anxiety; and
  • the help we can expect from our GP.

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