Speaker: Tina Milne

Host: Southern GWN

Venue: Zoom

Date: 29th July 2020

Attendance: 50

SGWN hosted Tina Milne, Wellness Advisor for the New Zealand Police, via a virtual Zoom event to provide insight into the impact of social connection on our mental health, and how we can harness self-mastery and self-efficacy tools to thrive in changing and challenging environments.

We do and will go through hard times, but that there are tools and strategies we can master to help ourselves during tough times.

Tina started her presentation with a quote from Audrey Hepburn:

"When you have nobody you can make a cup of tea for; when nobody needs you, that’s when I think life is over.”

The quote highlights the notion that our feelings of connection don’t just make us feel good; they also make us do good.

Harnessing self-efficacy

  • gaining control of our lives without being blown off course by having the belief and confidence in our own capacity to exert control over our motivation, behaviour and social environment
  • connecting to and staying in the stretch zone to build up your confidence
  • setting realistic goals and rejoicing in that success
  • looking at the bigger picture, looking beyond your circumstances
  • reframing the obstacles that stop your attainment

Harnessing self-mastery

  • making the most of our physical, mental, social and spiritual health by growing into a realisation and fulfilment of our fullest potential
  • being clear on how you want your life to be
  • cultivating a mind that is open to change
  • de-railing negative trains of thought to positive thoughts and feelings
  • Investing time and effort - because it takes time and effort
  • upgrading our attitude to one of ongoing growth and transformation


A handout with a summary of Tina's presentation is available to download.

A video of this event will be uploaded soon, so watch this space!





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