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The conference program is delivered in two rooms in Deni RSL: Dunlop Room and Mountbatten Room.

9.15am - 9.45am

Registration Deniliquin RSL Club

9.45am - 11.15am

Dunlop Room

Change through Awareness 

Alison Thorne and Lourene Liebenberg from the Deniliquin Mental Health Awareness Group introduce a panel of local experts and service providers.

11.15am - 11.30am

Morning tea (Mountbatten 1)

11.30am - 12.15pm

Dunlop Room

Managing Stress and Self Care with Elizabeth Martin

The need for self-care has become a strong message for people across workplaces, social media and other communications. What does it really mean? This session looks at how to identify and strengthen strategies for self-care and how to develop a resilience tool kit.

Mountbatten Room
Depression and dementia are not a normal part of growing old with Andrea McCarthy

We all experience times in our lives where we feel down- there is often a good reason for feeling this way that we can identify, helping us to explain and understand what is happening, and make changes that help us to feel better. Depression is not a normal part of ageing and there are times where something else is happening. Support is available to understand changes in our mood- sometimes this can be early signs of dementia or delirium. Accessing support is the first step to improving health outcomes and quality of life. Support is always there to assist you on your journey.

12.15pm - 1pm

Lunch (Mountbatten 1)

1pm - 2pm

Dunlop Room

Empowering Youth: When to seek help

with Judith McGill

This session will explore typical teen development and will identify when to seek professional support. We will look at useful strategies for managing stress, anxiety and depression and explore the various services and supports available locally.

Towards zero suicide

with Wellways and MPHN

Mountbatten Room

Self compassion and mindfulness

with Karen Bradford

Life can be very overwhelming and chaotic at times and we can begin to experience stress, anxiety, low moods and sleep problems. When we are mindful of our struggles, and respond to ourselves with compassion, kindness, and support in times of difficulty, things can start to change.
In this session we will briefly explore what self-compassion mindfulness is and its relationship to the nervous system and most importantly how we can simply and effectively calm the mind and nervous system.

2pm - 2.45pm

Dunlop Room

Not nervous or sad: anxiety and depression

with Amy Salmon and Spencer McGill

Anxiety and Depression are the most common mental health issues in our communities. This presentation will focus on how you can spot the signs of these conditions, how you can support yourself and those you care about who are struggling, and when (and how) to access supports.

Mountbatten Room

Meditation and mindfulness - extension session with Karen Bradford

An optional extended session with more on meditation and mindfulness.

2.45pm - 3pm

Afternoon tea (Mountbatten 1)

3pm - 3.45pm

Dunlop Room

Loss and Grief

with Anika Ahmad

In this informative session on grief and loss, we will explore the nature of grief, the various losses we may encounter throughout our lives, helpful strategies for coping with loss, recognising when to access professional support, and where to find the support you need. Join me, in gaining valuable insights into navigating the challenging journey of grief and adjusting to life after a loss.

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