Learn­ing to cope with de­pres­sion

Stratford Press - - Driven.co.nz - By ALICE COWDREY

A mo­ti­va­tional speaker is vis­it­ing Strat­ford this month to of­fer ad­vice on how peo­ple can break down bar­ri­ers to ev­ery­day well­ness.

John Shack­le­ton will share his per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence with stress and de­pres­sion and give peo­ple tools to men­tally cope, in a pre­sen­ta­tion at the Strat­ford War Memo­rial Hall on Oc­to­ber 16.

John’s visit is part of a wider project which has been or­gan­ised by the Cen­tral Taranaki Safe Com­mu­nity Trust with sup­port from Tu­taki Youth and the Ru­ral Sup­port Trust.

Cen­tral Taranaki Safe Com­mu­nity Trust com­mu­nity project of­fi­cer Han­nah Shep­herd says one of the trust’s main goals this year is to raise aware­ness of men­tal health and sui­cide preven­tion and the talk will give an in­sight into how these is­sues af­fect the com­mu­nity.

Hav­ing suf­fered from de­pres­sion him­self, John will talk about how mind­ful­ness can help peo­ple get through de­pres­sion and will also be ad­dress­ing se­nior Strat­ford High stu­dents dur­ing his visit. As well as be­ing a mo­ti­va­tional speaker, John has worked as a sports psy­chol­o­gist and a com­pet­i­tive swim coach and cur­rently lives in Auck­land.

Han­nah says men­tal health aware­ness is a big is­sue in the com­mu­nity and the trust’s 2017 Com­mu­nity Needs As­sess­ment shows that be­tween 2004 and 2013, sui­cide was one of three ma­jor con­trib­u­tors to in­juryre­lated death statis­tics, along with trans­port ac­ci­dents and falls. Be­tween

July 2007 and June 2016, a to­tal of 11 sui­cides or pos­si­ble sui­cides by Strat­ford district res­i­dents were recorded by coro­nial ser­vices. All but one of the 11 sui­cides were males.

■ Take a Break with John Shack­le­ton is on at the War Memo­rial Hall on Tues­day Oc­to­ber 16, from 6.30pm. To RSVP con­tact Han­nah at safetrust­pro­jects@gmail.com or phone

7658863.

Mo­ti­va­tional speaker John Shack­le­ton.

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