Free workshop helps locals manage anxiety

Sunshine Coast Health is urging people who regularly experience worry and anxiety to attend its Managing Anxiety Program (MAP) on March 19.

Sunshine Coast Health Social Worker Christine Hegerty said it’s a perfect time to take stock of how we’ve been coping with stress and anxiety, as we all adjust to the new normal following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Learning to manage anxiety is the key to controlling it. MAP teaches participants how to stay afloat when waves of anxiety start rolling in and how to surf them safely,” Ms Hegerty said.

“Learning how to disarm anxiety provoking thoughts and problem solve, helps participants take charge and reclaim happiness.”

Anxiety is an extremely common condition in Australia, with one in four people experiencing it at some stage in their life.

“No one is immune from anxiety as it affects people of all ages, genders, occupations and social standing,” Ms Hegerty said.

MAP is a free, four-week program that requires participants to attend a two-hour session each week. Participants learn a range of anxiety management techniques from a qualified team of social workers.

MAP has been delivered locally for 14 years and has benefitted many hundreds of people. Programs are delivered at Caloundra, Maroochydore, Noosa and Gympie.

The next MAP will commence on Friday March 19 from 9:30am – 11:30am at the Maroochydore Health Hub, 60 Dalton Drive, Maroochydore.

A GP referral is not necessary, but bookings are essential and limited, register today. Ph: (07) 5202 9510