Mental health presentation coming to New West for Psychology Month

A free talk on emotional self-regulation is taking place in New Westminster during Psychology Month.

As part of Psychology Month, the B.C. Psychological Association is hosting 21 free public presentations across Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island in February. Each of the talks is being facilitated by a registered psychologist, with topics including stress and its impact on mental and physical health, managing anxiety, mindfulness, helping children chase away worry, time management, how to upgrade relationships in our disconnected world and more.

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“Mental illness does not discriminate – anyone can experience mental illness, and the burden of untreated mental illness can have negative effects on families, the economy and the health-care system,” Alexina Picard, operations manager of the B.C. Psychological Association, said in a press release.  “Many people affected by mental illness do not know where or how to seek help. Our referral services can help connect them to a highly trained, local registered psychologist who can provide assessment, diagnosis and evidence-based treatment.”

What is emotional self-regulation and how do we do it? Is the topic of a presentation by Dr. Rosa Wu that’s taking place at the New Westminster Public Library on Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Wu will begin her presentation with a brief introduction on emotions and the purposes they serve. She will also discuss the ability to: identify, label and make sense of emotions; tolerate or transform negative emotions; and reduce vulnerability to negative emotions.

According to a press release from the B.C. Psychological Association, the association hopes the presentation series will raise awareness that effective psychological treatments exist for the vast majority of mental illnesses and identify where British Columbians can access treatment.

“We hope that Psychology Month will encourage people to think and talk about their mental health, which is why we are offering free public talks in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Spanish across Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and the Interior,” Picard said.

A full list of free talks being held as part of Psychology Month can be found at www.psychologists.bc.ca.

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