Understanding eating disorders and mental illness in children workshop

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Michael Hempseed

Michael Hempseed

Michael Hempseed is the author of Being A True Hero: Understanding and Preventing Suicide in Your Community. The book is being used by the New Zealand Police, Fire and Emergency NZ, GPs, Counsellors as well as many parents and teachers.

He has trained everyone from army medics to zoo keepers. Michael gained an honours degree in Psychology from the University of Canterbury in 2008. In 2016 he spoke at TEDx.

Understanding eating disorders and mental illness in children workshop

Presenter: Michael Hempseed

Availability: Please register your interest during the registration process

Friday 19 August | 1:30 - 2:30pm
Saturday 20 August | 1:30 - 2:30pm

What is involved?

More and more young children are developing serious mental, often a visit to the dentist can exacerbate this, it is important that all dental staff understand this and know how to respond.


  • What happens to the brain and body when someone experiences anxiety?
  • How do anxious people react when things are put into their mouth?
  • Why do anxious children complain of tummy upsets?
  • Why do anxious children often display aggressive and sometimes even violent behaviour?
  • What is anorexia and what are some key warning signs dentists may be able to detect?