Trust pushes Ashburton wellness event

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Rural Support Trust (RST) are encouraging people to attend their free wellness and resilience event in Ashburton next week.

The event, on at the Senior Centre in Cameron Street on May 9, from 6pm, is open to any member of the community.

It also includes a finger food meal, but registration is required.

RST Mid Canterbury manager Judy Skevington said speaker Lance Burdett was a safety, wellness and resilience specialist who founded WARN International. He was also a crisis negotiator and instructor with police, and an FBI trainer.

He moved from working for police and training with the FBI to dedicating himself to spreading tips and techniques for people to handle difficult situations by understanding what goes on in people’s brains – starting with their own.

At the event, he will talk about resilience, and identify ways to train the brain to build-up resilience.

Along with rural community members, the event would also be useful for teenagers, and parents, to help deal with anxiety.

Mr Burdett said his talk was about showing people how to control their busy mind, recognise how to use the drafting race in their heads, and get some tools to help deal with any negative thoughts.

Mrs Skevington said his talks were “very engaging and well worth listening to. You learn a lot in a very short time.”

As numbers were limited, she encouraged people to register now to avoid disappointment.

People can register via the RST website, or by texting 027 8787254.