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Internationally acclaimed speaker Jake Bailey returns to NZ to share resilience strategies

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A bestselling New Zealand author and public speaker on resilience, Jake Bailey,  returns to New Zealand next week (13-15 September) for a series of speaking events in Queenstown, Cromwell and Wānaka in the lead up to Mental Health Awareness Week.

Diagnosed with the most aggressive form of cancer in 2015 and given just weeks to live if it went untreated, Jake’s school prize-giving speech from a wheelchair went viral.  Now in remission and living abroad, Jake works full time on the psychology of resilience and has shared his strategies and research with over 85,000 people, including corporations, organisations and schools around the world. He is looking forward to returning to the Southern Lakes.

“I'm privileged to have family in this incredible part of the world, and so it’s all the more special to be able to come back and engage with the local community. Over the past few years this region has faced, and continues to face, its fair share of adversity, and so it’s great to see people get behind this effort to provide people with practical tools and skills to help them overcome some of those challenges.”

Presented by the Te Hau Toka Southern Lakes Wellbeing Group and supported by Central Lakes Trust, this special series of free events in the Southern Lakes Region, is being held just in time for our community to get a head start on Mental Health Awareness Week and its theme: Five Ways, Five Days.

Te Hau Toka’s Central Lakes Mental Wellbeing Navigator Ella Hitchcock will be on hand with plenty of local and science-backed advice and take-home learnings on the five ways to wellbeing in our community.

“This is about finding all the good stuff for you that’s in your community, and fitting it in to your life so that your mental health is a resource you can use when you need it, not a goal you never reach,” says Ella.

“It takes a community to keep a community well and we’re grateful for the support from the Central Lakes Trust to bring Jake to New Zealand,” says Jo O’Connor, Acting Chair Te Hau Toka.

Where to join Jake and Ella for this free event:

·       Queenstown: Wednesday 13 September, 7-8:30pm, Lake Hayes Pavilion, 719 Lake Hayes-Arrow Junction Highway. Book here.

·        Cromwell: Thursday 14 September, 5-6:30pm, Cromwell Library, 43 The Mall, Cromwell. Book here.

·       Wānaka: Friday 15 September, 5:30-7:00pm, Private Function Room, Albie Tavern, 20 Alison Avenue, Albert Town. Book here.

 For more information please contact: Tsehai Tiffin | Te Hau Toka communications | E: