Dr. Sarb Johal – Staying Steady: What we need for good mental health and wellbeing as we emerge from the pandemic

In Making Waves Conversations by Mark Sylvester
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06/30/2021

Staying Steady: What we need for good mental health and wellbeing as we emerge from the pandemic

How do you deal with uncertainty and anxiety when your world is upended by the coronavirus pandemic? Dr. Sarb Johal, an expert in emergency management and disaster psychology, had to answer that question for an entire country as he helped develop the world-leading response that saw Covid-19 stamped out by the ‘team of five million’ in his home country of New Zealand. The lessons, which we can all apply in our daily lives, are the subject of this conversation.

Dr. Sarb Johal

Author, Speaker, Consultant Psychologist

Dr Johal’s expertise as a psychologist, accumulated over a 30-year career, was central in New Zealand’s world-leading response that saw COVID-19 stamped out in 2020. As an author, speaker, and strategic communications advisor, he is known for his ability to translate complex psychological theory into simple, understandable tips that help people get through crises and periods of uncertainty.


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