All invited to next men's mental health event

 Dr Geoff Sparkes, Campbell MacBean, Astrid Toscan, Dr Chris Bauer and Bill Dinning.
Dr Geoff Sparkes, Campbell MacBean, Astrid Toscan, Dr Chris Bauer and Bill Dinning.

Southern Highlands Men’s Health Month officially kicked off on November 7. 

The event, hosted by Wingecarribee Health Association for Men Inc. (WHAM) was attended by more than sixty men and women, who heard from Highland’s medical professionals.

Dr Terry Flynn, the Patron of WHAM, welcomed everyone to what has become a very much anticipated event in the shire and gave an update on works at the Bowral District Hospital.

Peter van Dort, the Chairman of WHAM gave a brief background to WHAM’s development and was particularly pleased to see one of its founders Larry Whipper in the audience.

Once again Dr Geoff Sparkes of Moss Vale presented with an overview of the symptoms of anxiety and depression from a GP’s perspective as they present in his practice.

Trying to define mental health is complex. However stable and robust mental health can prevent mental illness, a lot similar to the physical and emotional health in our lives.

Dr Sparkes stated that the goal in primary care provided by GPs was to promote Wellness and thereby preventing illness.

Clinical Psychologist Astrid Toscan from Bowral was very clear in explaining the reasoning behind Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

“The way we think affects how we feel and how we behave” was the premise of her talk and was clearly demonstrated with an everyday example in what is a very complex subject. And is the basis of most therapies in use today.

Dr Chris Bauer from Moss Vale was very warmly received when he delivered an insight into Family and Interpersonal Therapies. One of the take home ideas that Dr Bauer offered was to never assume people are in the same relationship. However “the importance and power of love towards well-being…especially for men” was the most popular thought of the night.

Campbell MacBean of Mittagong as always was well received as he explored positive relationships. Campbell is currently continuing his studies and he shared his personal outcomes with the overriding theme of the night being the importance of love in our relationship

Next Tuesday, November 14 at 6pm Michael Bull, Audiometrist will speak on hearing.

Daryll Flegg and Dr Peter Macken will talk on eyes as WHAM presents “Hear no evil, see no evil”.

Further details are available from Tom Carroll on 0419482208 or 


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