Stress, Coping, and Mental Health topic for St. Peter’s Community Speakers Series  “Difficult Conversations”

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and its Pastoral Care committee has planned a new series of talks and discussion on topics they have titled “Difficult Conversations.” The series will open with the subject of Stress, Coping and Mental Health” with Harold Van Lonkhuyzen, MD presenting.

The first program is on Sunday, February 23rd at 3:00 pm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White Street in Rockland. The program will cover how people cope with stress to maintain balance and mental health and additionally how to have conversations with family members and friends that are supportive and respectful of personal boundaries. The program is not intended to provide individual diagnoses or treatment.

Dr. Lonkuyzen is a psychiatrist working in community mental health. He works with patients from all walks of life, with all manner of mental health concerns, but especially those suffering from severe and persistent mental illness.

Future programs will cover end of life issues, family conversations, memory and cognitive decline. These topics surround difficult and sensitive issues that are important but often avoided in conversations even with close family members.

The later programs will be held March 29th, and April 26th at 2:30 pm, all Sundays, at St. Peter’s.

The programs in the community series are free and open to the public. Reservations are not necessary. Beverages and light snacks will be provided. For additional information contact the parish administrator at St. Peter’s at 594-8191 or see the Latest News announcements at

St. Peter’s is the red shingled church located between the Rockland Public Library and the playground, open and welcoming to all.


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