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Sleep Matters in Mental Health

Sleep is essential for health and wellbeing. Come along to learn strategies and tools to optimise sleep ‘health’ for self-management and/or to help clients.



Sleep is essential for health and wellbeing. Sleep disturbances can worsen symptoms of diagnosed mental illness, including substance abuse, mood and psychotic disorders. Insomnia has been identified as a risk factor for the development of mental illness.

This workshop will explore aspects of sleep and strategies to optimise sleep ‘health’, based on perspectives from neurobiology and the two-way influence of brain and body. It will emphasise the importance of sleep for health and wellbeing and aims to equip attendees with practical strategies for self-management and to help clients.

Overview & Learning Intentions

  • Explore aspects of sleep theory and functions of sleep

  • Gain an understanding of sleep disorders and effects of poor sleep including mental health factors

  • Understand physiological arousal and contributing factors

  • Learn strategies to regulate arousal and normalise sleep-drive/circadian rhythm including neurobiological rationale

  • Explore body-based techniques

Let’s Get Real Skills

1. Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs

3. Working with whānau

4. Working within communities

7. Maintaining professional and personal development

Facilitated by Ruth Troughton

NZRP, Dip Phyty (Otago), BA (Mus) (UC), Certified Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner (ASLM)

Ruth is an experienced Physiotherapist, Leader, Innovator, Supervisor and Educator.  She has worked as a Physiotherapist in a range of different clinical areas (such as Older Persons Health, disability, musculoskeletal), with more than half her experience based in Mental Health. In her role as the Clinical Leader Physiotherapy, Specialist Mental Health Services, CDHB (2014-2020) she provided leadership in promoting awareness of neurobiological perspectives, including the integral role of physical health, trauma informed care, wellbeing, and lifestyle practices for mental health.

Workshop Type: Introductory | Workshop Level: Five | Catering: Refreshments provided

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Only one person may view a webinar session per registration.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.

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