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Register to attend our youth anxiety webinars

News 26 October 2022

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Tūturu is hosting two free upcoming webinars which focus on helping young people experiencing anxiety.  

Following on from the popular webinars we hosted re: young people and vaping in September, we are offering two further free webinars about helping young people with anxiety. 

Anxiety is something that many of today's young people deal with, both here in Aotearoa New Zealand and globally. In 2020, the World Health Organisation reported that 16% of the global burden of disease and injury for young people aged 10-19 years could be attributed to mental illness, such as depression and anxiety

To help unpack how anxiety affects young Kiwis and what you can do to help, you can register to attend our two free webinars on Thursday 3 November, 3.30-4.30pm and Thursday 10 November, 3.30-4.30pm.

Click the images or links below to be taken to the registration page.

Webinar: Anxiety and Young People #1: How to Help

Thursday 3 November, 3.30-4.30pm

Dunedin-based clinician Scott Turnbull works with young people at Mirror HQ.

In this presentation, he will provide an overview of anxiety, including what it is, its impacts, and some of the signs  and symptoms that typically present in young people.

Scott will break down generalised and social anxiety and how each may impact young people's behaviour, thoughts, and physical sensations. 

His presentation will explore common coping strategies people experiencing anxiety use, briefly touch on how social media impacts anxiety and wrap-up with what you can do to help someone experiencing anxiety. 

The presentation is intended for teachers and other school staff. It aims to increase your empathy and understanding for how anxiety impacts young people, and help you feel confident to respond to young people's anxiety in helpful ways.

There will be an opportunity at the end of the presentation to ask questions.

Scott Turnbull, Clinician, Whakaata Tohu Tohu - Mirror Services

Scott is a DAPAANZ registered addiction practitioner and accredited clinical supervisor currently working at Aroha Ki Te Tamariki Trust in the Mirror HQ team.

His team support young people aged 12-25 with substance use and other co-existing problems, while also offering support to their whānau system. He has previously worked as a child and adolescent mental health counsellor and coordinated supported accommodation housing for adults seeking addiction support.

Webinar: Anxiety and young people #2: Effective strategies for schools
Thursday 10 November, 3.30-4.30pm

Building off Scott's presentation, in the second webinar, Tūturu staff members Ben Birks Ang, Tumokai Morgan and Annabel Prescott  will take you through strategies and plans for helping young people deal with anxiety and other issues at schools. 

The webinar will introduce you to simple, effective and evidence-based interventions that can support student wellbeing. There will be an opportunity to discuss issues raised in both webinars at the end of the session.

Dr Annabel Prescott , Learning & Development Director, NZ Drug Foundation | Kaiwhakahaere ako me te whanaketanga

Dr Annabel Prescott has both Māori and Samoan whakapapa, and has worked for 20 years in youth health, development, and drug use.

Annabel is a registered addictions practitioner and clinical supervisor, and was most recently Chief Executive for Anamata Youth One Stop Shop in Taupō. Before that she was a Senior Academic at Unitec and WelTec, where her research focused on drug policy in schools and protective factors for harmful cannabis use amongst young people.

Tumokai Morgan, Tūturu Operations Manager | Kaiwhakahaere whakahaere Tūturu

Before joining the New Zealand Drug foundation whānau, Tumokai previously worked in the addictions sector as a youth alcohol and drug practitioner where he embraced the harm reduction philosophy. His time spent there only strengthened his passion for rangatahi wellbeing and has spurred him into spaces where he can create, encourage, and promote opportunities for positive outcomes.

Ben Birks Ang, Deputy Executive Director, NZ Drug Foundation | Tumuaki Tuarua

Ben has worked with young people in the drug and alcohol sector for over a decade and has built up a strong network. He also has many years’ experience in developing and delivering treatment services for young people, including establishing and overseeing school-based, community, and residential drug and alcohol treatment programmes. He is a registered addiction practitioner and accredited clinical supervisor. In addition, Ben is the Chair of the Addiction Practitioners Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (dapaanz).

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