Ask The Expert: Dr Dougal Sutherland answers your mental health questions

Leah Panapa 01/10/2021

LISTEN: This year's theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘take time to kōrero’.  

Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, Shaun Robinson says “All New Zealanders have had a tough couple of months going through lockdowns to fight the spread of COVID-19  and it’s inevitable that frustration is setting in as we move in and out of different levels of contact. 

He says it’s helpful to connect with others, have a kōrero and a laugh, whether over the fence, within your whānau bubble or via technology.  It’s the little things that we do to support each other that can make a big difference in our lives” 

Schools and organisations throughout the country have also taken part in a range of wellbeing activities - from yoga to meditation and sessions on mindfulness, self-awareness, stress management and self-care

Joining Magic Talk's Mel Homer is clinical psychologist from Victoria University Dr Dougal Sutherland to answer your questions on mental health.

In this episode:

  • The stress of Christmas and potentially being in lockdown

  • Feeling angry and upset by COVID news

  • Is it okay to be worried about lockdowns especially if other less privileged people are doing it tougher than me?

Listen to the full interview with Dr Dougal Sutherland above.

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