Stress under the spotlight: The local sessions helping locals struggling with their mental health

October 3, 2023 9:51 am in by
Image supplied by Eurobodalla Shire Council.

A series of mental health information sessions will be held in our region, highlighting the way we deal with stress in everyday life.

Eurobodalla libraries are hosting Wellways’ Joel Boucher this month (October) to introduce cognitive behaviour therapy as a tool for dealing with stress.

While stress is a normal part of everyday life, cognitive behaviour therapy can help people harness stress and channel it for good.

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Mr Boucher likes to quote Chelsea Erieau, “Stress acts as an accelerator: it will push you either forward or back, but you can choose which direction”.

“How you respond to it can be beneficial or not,” he says.

Eurobodalla Libraries coordinator Samantha Fenton says the libraries will have resources on stress management available to loan at the events.

“You’ll also learn about NewAccess, a free and confidential metal health support program offering one-on-one coaching,” Ms Fenton says.

“It’s a great starting point for people who feel stressed, anxious or overwhelmed by everyday issues and is suitable for anyone over the age of 11.”

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Batemans Bay Library will hold a session on Tuesday 10 October, Narooma Library on Monday 16 October, and Moruya Library on Thursday 19 October.

Light refreshments will be served and bookings are essential.

For more info, head to the Eurobodalla Libraries’ events webpage or call Moruya Library on 4474 1333.