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People’s Review of the Mental Health System

Share your story and help create a better mental-health system.

The people at Action Station have teamed up with Kyle MacDonald to create a People’s Review of the Mental-Health System. They want to gather together as many personal stories as possible, to convince our politicians of the need for improvements.

Their question to you is simple: what has your experience of the public mental health system been?

The public invitation goes on to say “Everyone has a story about mental health in New Zealand. Whether you work as a mental health professional, have experienced the mental health system directly yourself or someone in your family has, your story matters. We don’t need more statistics, the numbers already add up to make it clear that we have a crisis and need urgent action, and still nothing has been done. But personal stories can do what numbers cannot – they can move Ministers to action. Stories create empathy, and empathy creates change.

Find out more here.

Atawhai Festival at Te Pou Theatre: 5-11 October 2015

A new festival is seeking to break down stigma around mental health through performance and workshops. The Atawhai Festival coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week which runs from October 5 to 11.  The week-long festival will draw together 40 performers, artists and speakers to New Lynn’s Te Pou theatre. Festival creator Borni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho says he had contacts in both the mental health sector and in performance and thought “why not bring them together”.

“I work with marginalised communities and I see the stigmas that society has of mental distress,” he says,  “but also, the expectations people have of themselves and the unfortunate consequences from feeling that it’s not OK to feel less than 100 per cent.” Tukiwaho has teamed up with the creator of the original re-THiNK festival, Taimi Allan to Reboot the Big re-THiNK on October 6th.

Other events include a workshop from Jack Trolove on how to talk about suicide and mental health through storytelling (Oct 6th), a wellness workshop with motivational speaker James Rakena Robinson (Oct 9th), a performance poetry showcase called Purerehua (Oct 7th) and performances by top national and international actors.

Atawhai takes place at Te Pou theatre
44a Portage Rd, New Lynn from October 5 to 11.

Visit the Atawhai Facebook Page for information about all events.

Go to iTicket.co.nz to book.

Cacophony: Hearing Voices Exhibition 1-11 October 2015

Art and Sound Collide for Mental Health Awareness

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Experience a unique interactive installation, featuring local artists, real stories and experiential soundscapes. Immerse yourself in the sometimes painful but always hopeful journey to recovery.

When: Opens Thursday October 1st 6 PM and runs to Sunday October 11th, 10 am-4:00 PM

Where: The Upstairs Art Gallery, Lopdell House 418 Titirangi Rd, Titirangi, Auckland

Find out more on Facebook.

Looking for Solutions to Social Isolation?

Social isolation is a barrier to recovery and resilience for a lot of people in New Zealand. It can be hard to meet new people and even harder still to find people who share our interests and hobbies.

Meet Up is a website that lets people start and get involved in special interest and social groups in their communities. Groups connect online to organise their events and the meet-ups happen in person. If you are looking for people with similar interests or hobbies, there’s likely a group on Meet Up and if there’s not, you can get one started yourself.

Search for groups from over 20 different interest categories within 5 miles of your location.

Here’s a random sampling of meet-ups in a few different NZ locations: Aucklanders can link in with The Street Choir Project, a group of singers from all walks of life who “meet every Tuesday evening to sing an eclectic mix of blues, R&B, folk, and so much more.” Better yet it is free and involves pizza. And Wellingtonians with an interest in theatre can connect with the Circa Theatre Meet Up Group and head out to a show and dinner or an after party together. People in Whangarei might want to join the Whangarei Meet Up Group and get to know other locals of all ages through a range of different activities, suggested by members of the group. Tauranga locals who want to get off the couch can join the Active Tauranga group. Dunedinites can join the Dunedin Role Playing Game Group or the Dunedin Film and Music Meet Up.

Most of the main centres in NZ seem to be represented and some of the smaller rural areas don’t seem to have groups happening yet – but perhaps you’ll be the one to get something started?

 

It’s Elder Abuse Awareness Week – New Zealand wide 15th – 22 June 2015

2015 commemorates 10 years of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day marked around the world on the 15th June. In New Zealand, this marks the start of an entire week dedicated to this important issue.

Age Concern will be holding events throughout New Zealand and speaking through the media to raise awareness of elder abuse and neglect during Elder Abuse Awareness Week.

When: 15th – 22nd June 2015
Where: Nationwide throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand
Find out more about Elder Abuse Awareness Week NZ 2015 on Age Concern’s website

Dr Gwyn Lewis: a modern understanding of arthritis

18th April University of Auckland, 10.00 – 11.00

Presenter Dr Gwyn Lewis:  Gwyn’s presentation will focus on a modern understanding of arthritis related pain, avoiding pain pitfalls and future directions in the treatment of arthritis related pain.

Associate Professor Gwyn Lewis is a neurophysiologist based at AUT University’s North Shore Campus in Auckland. She obtained a PhD in motor control from the University of Auckland in 2003. Gwyn had an extended post-doctoral experience undertaking research in motor control, rehabilitation and neurophysiology at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She currently spends half her time teaching in AUT’s physiotherapy programme and the other half undertaking pain research in the Health and Rehabilitation Research Institute. Most of her research is in pain neurophysiology and how it relates to persistent pain development, pain modulation pathways, and the cognitive factors and psychosocial influences affecting pain.

Contact: Carol Lovatt, Northern Regional Administrator, Arthritis New Zealand, Kaiponapona Aotearoa
Ph: 09 523 8900
Email:  carol.lovatt@arthritis.org.nz
Support the person in your family who has arthritis.
Phone 0900 33320 OR Donate via our website www.arthritis.org.nz

Keep on Keeping On: Carnival for a Cause | Auckland 7 Dec 2014

Third Annual Suicide Prevention Awareness Carnival

  • Date: 7 December
  • Time: 13:00–16:00
  • Place: Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson, Auckland

Keep on Keeping On is the annual festival where we all come together to have fun in the sun at the same time as we learn about suicide prevention, who we can all turn to in our time of need or how to talk about a loved one at risk. 

This year’s event features carnival rides and games, FREE Santa photos, a market filled with local groups and organizations who work hard to make our community a great place to be, and also lots of local organizations that are here to help us if we are feeling a bit confused or down or just need a good old chin wag.

This year the event is welcoming back YOUTHLINE, and the WALSH TRUST and joined by groups like MAN ALIVE, ADHB SEXUAL HEALTH, CASPER and many many more, in the hope of letting people know exactly who they can turn to if they are in need. 

Find more info on the Facebook Event page

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

A free course on mindfulness-based stress reduction is going to start in the new year. It’s free!
Starts Saturday 10 January 2015 and runs for 8 weeks.
9.30am – 12.00pm

East Health Trust PHO
260 Botany Road, Building B
(behind East Care A&M)
Howick

To register please contact
Shirley Bernhard
Phone 09 538 0599
email shirleyb@easthealth.co.nz
or ask your doctor or nurse about a referral

For further information about this programme contact:
Parvin 09 538 0599

Topics include:
Learning to breathe better,
Mindful meditation,
Gentle stretching,
Working with emotions,
Learning from others,

For people wanting to be mindful of every day stress.
Have a commitment to practice at home each week.

Keep Learning Art Exhibition | Wellington 6-12 October

Kites Trust are celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week (6th – 12th October) in Wellington with an exhibition of works that focus on this year’s theme; ‘Keep Learning’. Come to the opening at Vincents Gallery on Tuesday October 7th between 4pm and 6pm or drop in during business hours any day until Sunday the 12th. All welcome!

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Online Mental-Health and Happiness Summit | 10 Oct 2014

At the online Mental Health and Happiness Summit on October 10th, 2014, you will hear from leading experts around the world sharing their knowledge, point of view and tips on mental health and happiness.

Speakers include

  • Peter Breggin
  • Robert Whittaker
  • Nancy Buck
  • Rick Hanson
  • and 20 more…

It is free to register to watch the symposium. Everyone who registers will receive the opportunity to purchase recordings of their favourite presentations for future use.

Note: Presentation times are reported in GMT, which is one hour behind NZ time.

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