Coping with Stress and Managing the Covid Blues - Mental Health Month 2020

Cost: FREE

Bookings: Booking Required Book Online


This free workshop is organised as part of mental health month. The theme for this year's mental health month is 'Tune In'. Tuning in means being present, being aware of what's happening within you and in the world around you. Tune In to your senses and take a moment to help still and focus your mind, as well as build positive connections.

What the session will be about

  • 2020: A year of natural disasters
  • COVID Blues: the damaging effects of prolonged stress
  • Early Warning Signs: how can I tell?
  • SELFCARE101: The importance of looking after yourself
  • Connection: The antidote to isolation
  • Professional Supports: what is avaiable and how do I access it?
  • Being Prepared: Stress management resources?

What participants will learn from the session

  • Understand the effects of prolonged stress on mental health
  • Stress management strategies
  • What professional supports are available and how to access them

About the presenters

Michael Wai is a clinical psychologist currently working for NSW Health with adults and young people across two community mental health centres. He has previously worked in private mental health hospitals as well as Headspace. In January 2020, he was part of a bushfire relief team sent to regional NSW to provide assistance to local community mental health teams affected by the Black Summer bushfires. He has a particular interest in working with personality disorders as well as the de-stigmatisation of mental health in society.

Rose Simos, is a registered psychologist currently employed with NSW Health in a community mental health centre. Prior to this she had worked in outpatient service settings, youth mental health services, residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation and in the justice system. She has special interest in working in a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy framework and delivering Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Schema Therapy. When not counselling, she spends her time watching 90’s movies, reading dark comedy books and pretending she knows everything about surfing.

What you will need to attend

Join Zoom Meeting at 1pm on Friday 30 October 2020.

Bring any questions you have about stress management, anxiety and the effects of COVID on mental health

More information


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