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Skylight appoints Anthony de Rose as next CE

Skylight Trust has appointed Anthony de Rose as its next Chief Executive, Skylight's Chair Jim Donovan announced today. 

De Rose will take over from Heather Henare when she retires in late August. De Rose brings both a business background and extensive senior executive experience in mental health services management in New Zealand and Australia. Since returning to New Zealand, he has held an executive role with Te Āhuru Mōwai “Homes for Whānau”, a Ngāti Toa iwi initiative.

Donovan acknowledged Henare's transformative contribution and commitment to Skylight, staying on as CE well beyond her original planned retirement date. He especially thanked her for her management of the organisation through the Covid situation.
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Skylight offers free 'Covid-19 support information packs' to support mental health in children, young people and adults

Skylight is already receiving requests to its offer of free ‘Covid-19 support information e-packs’ that have been put together to help with anxiety and stress. The e-packs (for children/teens), include resources on: “how to strengthen children and teens against anxiety after news of a world trauma”, “helping children cope with fears and worries”, “coping skills for managing emotions.”

The e-packs include details on helplines, and links to more resources on Skylight’s resilience hub. Skylight’s CEO Heather Henare says, “You might notice your children are behaving differently, or asking questions repeatedly, and wonder if these changes are related to the ‘coronavirus world’ we are now living in. Our ‘Covid-19 e-support information pack’ will be a useful tool for parents, grandparents and caregivers. It will help with exploring and understanding children’s and teenager’s anxiety and assist in develop some strategies.

“Past experiences have shown that young people and children, will pick up fear and anxiety from adults. Sometimes people are not even aware they are impacted and are anxious. It is important to talk to children and young people and reassure them and explain what is going on.”

The not-for-profit, which employs 15 counsellors in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Thames and New Plymouth, is now also offering Skype counselling sessions for children, teenagers and adults.

Jim Donovan, Skylight Trust Chair, said “The Skylight Board has mobilised its Clinical Team to respond now, for the good of the children and young people who are often the unidentified passive bystanders, of what’s going on around them”. 

Skylight specialises in providing personalised support information packs, many to health and education professionals. Over 1,183 support packs were sent out during the last financial year. 

For more information and to contact Skylight call 0800 299 100 or to order a free ‘Covid-19 Support Information e-pack’ via 

ENDS: For media enquiries and interviews contact: Skylight CEO Heather Henare on 0274 490885

Conflict Resolution Day - When families break down

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Picking up the pieces after a suicide

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Launch of the Skylight Resilience Hub

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Launch of Loss and Grief Week 2018

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Resilience Hub website provides tools to navigate trauma

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New digital resource to support New Zealanders through trauma

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Wellingtonians share their aspirations on Before I Die Wall

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Resources Available at Skylight

Skylight is here to help you through difficult times. We can assist you in a variety of ways with information appropriate for your situation. You are welcome to visit us and receive free information and a support pack from our resource centre and borrow books from the specialist library. We also facilitate Professional Development training and offer Counselling support services for children, young people, family/whānau and individuals who are experiencing tough times.

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