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Stop the Food Fight
October 5-6, 2013 in Perth, WA
STOP the Food Fight is a method and a life-
changing workshop that resolves the underlying
reasons for unwanted eating behaviors, i.e. too
much, too little, not enough, too many rules
Sahaja Coventry will be facilitating this transformative workshop.
She is highly qualified in all things relating to food and emotions
having taught wholefoods cooking for the last 18 years in Perth
and facilitating The JourneyTM work for the last seven years.
Her passion is to help others resolve the root cause of unhealthy
habits around what and how we feed ourselves in order to find
TRUE NOURISHMENT. She shares from her own direct
experience with authenticity, heart and spontaneous humour.
Ph: (08) 9414 9992 or 0401 154 903
Sahaja Coventry, BFA,
MA, Accredited Journey
a ny parts of Louise’s a rticle
resonated with me. I wa s
enlightened and heartened by
Louise’s c ourage and honesty
to speak about her difficult experience and
hope that more people will be enc ouraged to
do the same.
I too experienced depression and the
s tigma, loneliness, frustration and stifling
isolation that having a “mental illness” ca n
often bring. After being diagnosed with
depression and exhausting friends and
family trying to make them understand
how I was feeling, I went looking for other
people just like me. When I couldn’t find
anyone I started my own support group,
Connect Groups, the peak body for
support groups in WA, assisted me to
hold the initial support group meetings. I
remember looking at the young men and
women who came to the first meeting
thinking, “Wow is that what I look like,
because they look normal?” I was almost
guilty with happiness and relief that there
were other people out there just like me.
Sharing our stories and experience s, warts
and all, enabled us all to feel understood,
heard, va lidated and gave us hope that we
will get better.
My depression forced me to le ave my
job, move in with my parents and slowly
start rebuilding the pieces of my life again.
A lack of energy, little interest in anything
and suicidal thoughts quickly became part
of my daily life. Starting the GenW HY ?
Support Group was a much needed light in
a very dark place.
GenWHY? is the only support group
in WA that has the unique combination
of psychologist facilitation and peer-led
support and is provided for free. Our
psychologist use s a client - centred approach
a nd ma intains up to date knowledge on
the latest tools and research to ensure
members rec eive the be st advic e a nd support
they need. We have a strong peer support
net work for members to keep in touch in
between meetings. We provide members
with information and inspiration to assist
them to improve their mental health and
We provide well being workshops
including meditation, e xercis e a nd nutrition,
problem solving and goal setting. Our social
e vents a llow members to re-engage in the
community in a safe environment and
strengthen the support net work.
Throughout the three yea rs at GenW HY ?
I’m con stantly inspired by people’s ability
to bounce b ack from the depths of de spair.
Last month’s article ‘Get Talking’ by Louise Keogh with
her forthright advice on overcoming depression has
stirred a lot of interest. As a follow up this month, Amanda
Stephenson shares her own story of starting up WA support
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‘When I couldn’t find anyone
I started my own support
Gen Y Inspirer
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