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Unmasking the pain of mental health

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04.08.2019

OPINION: Since I write quite often about my rarely-yielding battle with depression, readers kindly contact me with advice and questions.

When it comes to advice, I'm grateful for their ideas, and stand ready for anything short of yoga.

As for questions, the most common relate to how to identify depression in others, and how best to deal with them in a depressed state. These are great questions, but my own affliction doesn't confer expertise any more than diabetes makes one an endocrinologist.

So when I had the chance to meet with a Wellington-based social enterprise which offers workshops throughout New Zealand on mental health first aid, I jumped at it. Finally, I thought, this might equip me with some answers.

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Coliberate delivers mental health first aid, arming people with the skills to recognise signs and signals of developing and ongoing mental health challenges. It offers techniques for how to respond in these moments of distress, addressing both the immediate crisis situations and how to help people through a strategy to recover.

Coliberate runs workshops ranging........

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