New guide to well­ness ser­vices

Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE - For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Deb on 021 525 182 or find Waipa¯ Stress & Men­tal Well­ness Direc­tory on Face­book. Bethany Rol­ston

Deb Casey wants to abol­ish the ‘har­den up, she’ll be right’ at­ti­tude and help Waipa¯ res­i­dents over­come stress and sui­ci­dal thoughts.

The Te Awa­mutu busi­ness owner has launched Waipa¯ Stress & Men­tal Well­ness Direc­tory — a Face­book group that puts lo­cal well­ness providers un­der one um­brella.

This year Deb com­pleted sui­cide preven­tion train­ing af­ter an ex­pe­ri­ence sup­port­ing a friend with de­pres­sion and sui­ci­dal thoughts.

Dur­ing her LifeKeeper train­ing she re­alised Waipa¯ res­i­dents needed to know what busi­nesses, ser­vices, prod­ucts and com­mu­nity groups are avail­able in the dis­trict.

“Peo­ple of­ten know they need to get help, but don’t know where to start,” Deb says.

The Face­book direc­tory is a vir­tual plat­form for Cam­bridge and Te Awa­mutu busi­nesses and groups to list their con­tact de­tails, events and prod­ucts.

Prac­ti­tion­ers can range from gyms and yoga stu­dios to coun­sel­lors and fi­nan­cial ad­vi­sors.

Deb has a back­ground in health and body ther­apy and owns The Rem­edy Re­treat busi­ness in Te Awa­mutu.

She helps peo­ple man­age stress and anx­i­ety through body, mind and re­lax­ation tech­niques orig­i­nat­ing in tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine.

Her busi­ness is one of many that will be listed in the direc­tory. Now, Deb needs other busi­nesses own­ers and groups to jump on board.

She wants Waipa¯ busi­nesses and providers to get in touch and list their ser­vices. She hopes the direc­tory is the first step to­wards a hap­pier, health­ier dis­trict.

Even­tu­ally she hopes to host events which fea­ture guest speak­ers shar­ing mes­sages about well­be­ing.

She says the direc­tory will al­low peo­ple to ask for help in what­ever shape or form they need.

“Peo­ple deal with stress, anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion all the time — and they all heal in dif­fer­ent ways.”

She wants the stigma around ask­ing for help to be changed.

“We need to re­alise it’s okay to not be okay, as long as you don’t stay there.

“It’s im­por­tant to know there is still hope and sup­port within the com­mu­nity, which can help get you the right in­for­ma­tion for im­prov­ing your men­tal well­be­ing.”

Photo / Bethany Rol­ston

Deb Casey

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