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Free Seminar: Managing Grief at Holiday Times | Birkenhead 18 Nov 2014

  • Date:     Tuesday 18th November
  • Time:     12 – 1.30pm
  • Venue:  The Grief Centre, 92 Hinemoa St, Birkenhead, Auckland

For many people living with loss and grief, Christmas, holidays, and anniversaries can be a painful time and often approached with dread. They may be times of intense loneliness, sadness and emptiness. Perhaps it is a time to think about the people around you who have faced a major change, loss or grief. What could you do to support them at this time? What is helpful? What is not helpful?

This seminar will give you the opportunity to meet and talk with others who may be experiencing similar feelings, as well as gaining some practical suggestions on ways to get through this difficult time.

This seminar will be useful for those who have experienced a loss, those who have friends or family experiencing change and loss, as well as those in the community who may work or support people affected by grief and loss. Feel free to bring a friend.

The workshop will be facilitated by Mallika Krishnamurthy, from The Grief Centre, an educator by profession. The workshop will finish with time for a cup of tea and the chance to talk with others.

There is no charge for this seminar, however you are invited to help The Grief Centre to support others through the holiday season and throughout the year by making a donation on the day or on their website www.griefcentre.org.nz

The Grief Centre – Upcoming Support Groups

The following groups are planned for March 2014.  Further groups will be held throughout the year and people are encouraged to register their interest in attending a group.  Younger Bereaved Partners.  For those who are 45 and under, and have lost a partner.  This group is planned to start mid March, Wednesday evenings, 7-9pm, and will be held in Ponsonby.  Group runs for 8 weeks.   

General Bereavement Support Group.  For those who have experienced a bereavement sometime in the last few years.  This group is planned to start later in March, Thursday evenings, 7-9pm, and will be held in Henderson. Group runs for 8 weeks.

Seasons For Growth.  For those experiencing a range of loss and change issues, generally other than bereavement.  This will be held at the Grief Centre in Birkenhead and is planned to start early March, Tuesday evenings, 7-9pm.  Group runs for 4 weeks. All our groups are facilitated by experienced and qualified counsellors.  A small contribution is requested for group attendance.  As always these groups are subject to sufficient numbers registering before they can proceed.  Please contact us at the Grief Centre for further information or registration.

Phone: 418 1457 or email office@griefcentre.org.nz

Counselling and other services are also available through the Grief Centre.  Please visit our website www.griefcentre.org.nz

Family Resilience and Suicide Risk Seminar 15 May 2012

Skylight is partnering with researchers around the country to bring you the latest findings in the areas of grief, loss and change.  You will learn how to turn research and knowledge into everyday practice.

Family resilience, coping and suicide risk: research and practice

  • Date: 15 May 2012
  • Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Location: The Mercy Centre, 104 The Drive, Epsom, Auckland
  • Cost: $70 (includes afternoon tea and handouts)

This seminar is for anyone who works with children and families! 

In 2010, The Psychology Centre undertook a study entitled Understanding families and suicide risk as part of the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2008-2012.  John Fitzgerald will share the findings of the study which drew information from families that had experienced a suicide attempt, a completed suicide or that included a young person with a mental health concern.

The study identified communication, caring and an attitude of acceptance and forgiveness as key family strengths. The results suggest that social and health providers can strengthen family resilience against suicide risk.

Facilitator John Fitzgerald, PhD. John obtained his qualification in clinical psychology from the University of Birmingham (England) in 1988 and is director of The Psychology Centre in Hamilton. Most of his clinical and research focus is in the areas of child, youth and family psychological health, the application of psychology in primary health care settings, and monitoring change and measuring outcomes of clinical interventions. John and the team at The Psychology Centre have recently completed a research project exploring the role of family dynamics in the recognition, assessment, and management of suicidal young people. Previous research has explored family debriefing after suicide, adolescent help-seeking, and the responsiveness of Emergency Departments to adolescent mental health issues. John is an experienced supervisor and trainer, regularly contributing to the Waikato Clinical Psychology training programme, conferences, and workshops on a range of clinical, professional and ethical issues.

Registration form is available online at www.skylight.org.nz or by emailing pd@skylight-trust.org.nz or calling 0800 299 100

Youth Peer Support Programme Starts 19 July 2012


Promoting Resilience and Opportunities through Peer Support

PROPS is a brand new 8-week peer support programme run by Youthline! It’s for young people (16 – 20 years old) affected directly or indirectly by a sudden death and want to learn how to better support themselves and their friends.

The aims of the group are to:

  • Connect with other young people, share your experiences and get support
  • Learn heaps of ways to be there for your friends and stay strong too
  • Develop a media project that will inspire and support other young people

It will run weekly, starting Thursday 19th July, 4pm – 6pm at Youthline House: 13 Maidstone Street, Ponsonby, Auckland.

Get in quick as spaces are limited.

For more info or to register your interest, get in touch by emailing services@youthline.co.nz or call 361 4168.