Steady: Keeping Calm in a World Gone Viral by Dr Sarb Johal

Shortly after 28 February 2020, when New Zealand reported its first case of COVID-19, Dr Johal received a call from the Government’s National Emergency Management Agency: “We need your help.”

An expert in emergency management and disaster psychology, Dr Johal’s expertise, accumulated over a 30-year career, was central in our world-leading response that saw COVID-19 stamped out in our communities.

Steady reveals what psychosocial strategies Dr Johal and the team used to get us through.  Aimed at the general reader, Steady is a self-help guide that is full of easy-to-follow, practical tools and tips that can be used in any crisis or change of circumstance in order to keep our mental health intact.  We learn how to deal with uncertainty; the psychological impact of empathy – both on ourselves when we offer it, and to those who receive it; along with practical ideas around introducing structure into our lives and how this can help reduce stress and contain feelings of panic.

“I wanted to shine a light on what people may be experiencing and to translate complex psychological theory into simple, understandable and useful tips and tools that will help us all get through.

“While we wait for treatments and vaccines, we have our behaviour. Our behaviour remains our best – and for now, the only – tool in the box to help us adjust to the shifting demands of Covid-19 and other future crises.”Steady is for anyone wanting to strengthen their capacity to ride the possible coming waves of COVID-19 – as well as life’s general ups and downs – with more calm, ease and a sense of groundedness.

Steady is for anyone wanting to strengthen their capacity to ride the possible coming waves of COVID-19 – as well as life’s general ups and downs – with more calm, ease and a sense of groundedness.

Born in the UK where he trained as a Clinical Psychologist, Dr Sarb Johal’s experience encompasses clinical practice, frontline services, policy development and Ministerial advice and strategic communications.

Since 2009, he has helped the New Zealand and UK governments, as well as the World Health Organisation, develop psychosocial responses to some of the major crises of the last decade, including the H1N1 pandemic, the Canterbury earthquakes, the Kaikoura earthquake, the Christchurch mosque shootings and most recently, the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr Johal lives in Wellington with his wife and young family. https://sarbjohal.com/

Steady: Keeping Calm in a World Gone Viral by Dr Sarb Johal | Equanimity Publishing | Published late-January 2021 | $40|

Available from your local bookstore, online at www.sarbjohal.com and in paperback and e-book formats from all major online booksellers.

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