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Psychology Week 9-15 November 2015

Psychology Week takes place across NZ and Australia from the 9th to the 15th of November. This initiative aims to increase public awareness of how psychology can help people, families/whanau and communities find ways to increase their psychological wellbeing.  The theme of the NZ Psychology Week is “living life well”. Find a free talk in a town near you at www.psychology.org.nz/pd-events/psychology-week/

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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.

Mental Health Awareness Week Calendar 5-11 October 2015

How will you be celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week?

Activities run from 5–11 October, the week of World Mental Health Awareness Day on October 10th.

The theme this year is Give and the Mental Health Foundation’s calendar of events is filled with wonderful ways to get involved across the country.

Suicide Awareness Evening in West Auckland

Who can we get support from during difficult times?

An evening where you will hear from someone who has lost loved ones to suicide and what they did to ensure both they and other families receive support in the future. Be part of a talk about…

  • How to start the conversation
  • What questions can we ask

Presenter – Mark Wilson (Solace Support Group): Mark is a member of Solace Support Group – a peer support group for those who’ve lost a loved one to suicide. Solace meets monthly and provides support to the suicide bereaved. Mark lost his wife to suicide 9 years ago and often shares his experience of living with loss. Mark believes that greater understanding in the community of the impact of suicide on those left behind helps in healing.

Date:      Monday July 13th 2015
Time:     7pm — 9pm
Venue:   Whanau Ora House, Corner of Catherine and Edsel Streets, Henderson, Auckland
To RSVP contact Johnny Siaosi: johnny.siaosi@waitematadhb.govt.nz
Or phone WALSH Trust: (09) 837 5240

Matariki Celebrations in Rotorua 28 June – 30 July 2015

Matariki began on June 19th and is celebrated nationwide until the 19th of July.

Matariki is the Māori name for a cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades or the Seven Sisters. It rises in mid-winter – late May or early June – and for many Māori, heralds the start of a new year. Matariki literally means the ‘eyes of god’ (mata ariki) or ‘little eyes’ (mata riki). Traditionally, Matariki was a time to remember those who had died in the last year. But it was also a time to celebrate the harvesting of crops, collecting of seafood and birds, and, as a marker for the start of winter, a time for sharing knowledge and stories.

Rotorua’s Council Matariki celebrations started on Saturday, 20 June, with Matariki Whānau Night at Rotorua Museum, featuring stargazing in a portable planetarium, storytelling, arts, crafts, face painting, music, food and more. The final Matariki event being hosted by Rotorua Lakes Council will be Matariki at the Market – the weekly Thursday night market – on 30 July.

Sunday 28 June: Family Matariki Celebration Walk, 1pm-3pm from Rotorua Bowling Club, free, join Māori astronomy student Hohepa Tuahine for an entertaining walk around Government Gardens with music, art and craft activities along the way and a light afternoon tea to finish. Register by June 25, limited places. For more info ph 348 4199, email community.events@rotorualc.nz

Thursday 9 July: Matariki kite-making workshop, 1.30pm, Library, free, all materials provided. For more info ph 348 4177, email library@rotorualc.nz or visit rotorualibrary.govt.nz

Friday 10 July: Matariki kite flying, 10.30am, Library, free event. Test-fly your Matariki kite creations from Thursday’s workshop. For more info ph 348 4177, email library@rotorualc.nz or visit rotorualibrary.govt.nz

Thursday 16 July: Matariki Fashion Show, Library, 6pm. A night of fun and glamour as local designers show off their creations on the catwalk. For more info ph 07 348 4177, email library@rotorualc.nz or visit rotorualibrary.govt.nz

Thursday 30 July: Matariki at the Market, 6pm until late, free, Tutanekai St – music, food and dance. For more info ph 07 351 7057 or email brigitte.nelson@rotorualc.nz

 

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

Whānau Peers 4 Recovery: new family and whānau interest group

Whānau Peers 4 Recovery want to make a shout out to all those who identify strongly as a family member or supporter of someone else who experiences mental health problems on an ongoing basis. Have you found it difficult as whānau to access recovery-focused, sustainable support for yourself or the person you are concerned about? One where the focus is the relationship, not their mental illness? Some of us, as whānau, would like to see something offered more than what is currently available, and we believe this needs to be led by whānau themselves embracing a whānau-peer model.

If this email resonates and you are interested in exploring how as whānau we can start something different, please email whanaupeers4recovery@gmail.com

Mind and Body Consultants: upcoming workshops

Mind and Body is running some of its most popular workshops across the country, and they thought your networks may be interested in these upcoming professional development opportunities in Auckland, Christchurch, Raumati, Hamilton and New Plymouth.

The interactive ‘reTHiNK Madness’ one-day workshop is useful for anyone wanting to gain a broader, destigmatised, understanding of mental ‘illness’. Previous attendees have come from a variety of industries including film, manufacturing, health, professional services, sports, retail, and the arts, and been family/whanau, colleagues, friends and people with personal experience of mental ‘illness’. This workshop sold-out within 3 days of promoting it last time so please don’t wait to book.

The ‘Introduction to Peer Support’ two-day workshop is popular with people who have lived experience of mental ‘illness’ and/or addictions and recovery, who are interested in learning about peer support. Peer support involves using your own experience of mental health challenges and recovery positively, to walk alongside others who are struggling with their mental health. This workshop gives participants a good overview of the topics and subjects covered in the Certificate of Peer Support (Mental Health) NZQA level 4 should you wish to further your studies.

Tickets for these events can be booked via Eventfinda by clicking on this link and selecting the workshop you are interested in.

The full Mind and Body training calendar for 2015 is now available on their website.

Nāku noa, nā
Taimi Allan – Communications – Mental Health Promotion Lead
Mind and Body Consultants
Ph: (649) 630 5909
Mob: 0224 TAIMI A (82464 2)
Fax: (649) 630 5944
www.mindandbody.co.nz
www.rethink.org.nz