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Te Pou: Peer support competencies ‘sandstone to sharpen practice on’

The following is a press release from Te Pou, from their website:

The resource Competencies for the mental health and addiction service user, consumer and peer workforce were launched on November 11 at Te Pou in Auckland.

Dr John Crawshaw, director of mental health, gave an opening address to the mental health and addiction sector people from across the North Island. He acknowledged the pivotal role the service user, consumer and peer workforce has in informing service development and working alongside clinical services, supporting people to self manage and drive their own recovery.

Dr Crawshaw was followed by two peer support workers who spoke about their experience and what peer work meant for them. Elton Hakopa, addiction peer support worker from the drug court, gave a stirring and entertaining outline of his experiences. Elton gave the quote of the day, or even the year when he said “these competencies are the sandstone I will sharpen my practice on”.

Ahmad Al-Ali, mental health peer worker from Mind and Body, also entertained the crowd with his self-deprecating wit and story of courage. Both exemplified the state of gratitude they were in to be able to use their powerful experiences to support other people’s self-determination and wellbeing.

Robyn Shearer, Te Pou chief executive, talked about the power of people from across mental health and addiction co-designing and co-developing the competencies.

Two documents created to support the competency framework were also launched: The Service user, consumer and peer workforce guide for managers and employers and the Service user, consumer and peer workforce guide for planners and funders. These are available to download alongside the competencies. These documents provide information and sound direction for people managing and employing peer workforce members and for planners and funders investing in this exciting growth area in the mental health and addiction workforce.

To contact Te Pou or for further information:

http://www.tepou.co.nz/

Email: info@tepou.co.nz

Te Pou phone numbers online here.

Disability Rights New Zealand Law and Legislation | Auckland 12 Dec 2014 and 28 Jan 2015

CCS Disability Action has an exciting opportunity for Disabled people or their family/whanau.

They are looking for people with disabilities who are emerging leaders who want to strengthen their leadership skills. They want people who want to strengthen their knowledge of their rights. These workshops are being run by Auckland Disability Law and are being hosted by CCS Disability Action. There are two half-day workshops, and they both cover different material, so it would be great if people who register could come to both. The morning workshop is open to disabled people or family members of disabled people, however ADL have kindly given up their time to facilitate afternoon sessions for professionals and any other community groups who would like to attend.

People who require support during the morning sessions are welcome to bring their support workers.

Workshop dates are

  • Friday 12 December 2014 – 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 28 January 2015 – 9.30am – 12.30pm

Please Register by Friday 28 November 2014

For more information contact:

Kylie Elsbury-Dawson, Resource and Support Coordinator

CCS Disability Action, Northern Region

www.northern.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz

Exhibition at Studio One Toi Tu explores Mindfulness | Auckland 26 Nov – 18 Dec 2014

A new exhibition opens this week on Ponsonby Road with relevance to mental well-being and creative thinking.

NOW
Opens Wednesday 26 November, 5-7 PM

Studio One Toi Tu (Formerly Art Station)
1 Ponsonby Road, Auckland
Exhibition runs until December 18th.

To quote the artists’ statement: “The concept of Mindfulness, which is rooted in Buddhism, is the cornerstone of this exhibition by photographic artist Faye Norman and poet Miriam Barr. In contemporary society Mindfulness has been expanded into psychotherapy, and as an everyday tool for people to apply to deal with issues such as stress. Now presents works that are the result of collaborative investigations by the two artists involving the integration of mindfulness and creative process.”

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Gallery Opening Hours :

Mon – Thu 9am – 7pm
Fri 9am – 5pm
Sat 9am – 4pm
Sun Closed

Gallery Contact:

studioone@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
09 376 3221
www.studioone.org.nz
facebook.com/studioonetoitu

DRIVE Update: Christmas Special Hui & Notices

DRIVE announces the final hui date for the year, featuring guest musician Sam RB and a chance for you to perform.

Date: Thursday 18 December
Time: 10.45 for an 11am start
Place: Pacific Business Trust, 733 Great South Road, Papatoetoe

RSVP’s are essential as lunch will be supplied. DRIVE may not be able to cater for all needs, but please get in touch if you have any dietary requirements.

The October Hui was a productive day of brainstorming what was important to consumers, and what they wanted from services. Drive hopes to give you further feedback about this soon. They also have a list of events that are happening in the next couple of weeks that may be of interest. These include several art events, training opportunities and some chances for you to use your experiences to give some feedback around parenting and mental illness, and the Auckland Council psychoactive substances policy.

Contact DRIVE via:

Email: sheree.veysey@connectsr.org.nz

Mailing address: DRIVE Network, PO Box 102 149, North Shore Mail Centre, Auckland, 0745, New Zealand

AUT and Changing Minds: Quality of Life Issues During Mental Health Recovery

AUT and Changing Minds are interested in hearing what people think and feel about Quality of Life and mental health recovery.

AUT and Changing Minds are seeking interested people with lived experience of mental health recovery to take part in a focus group and some exercises to help answer this question.

Answers will help them to identify the most important life issues for people living with and recovering from mental illness.

Feel free to pass on this invitation to others who could also be interested in participating. A voucher for your time and refreshments will be provided. Thank you!

For further information or if you would like to participate, please contact Margaret, so she can arrange a suitable time to meet. Email or text on:

margaret@changingminds.org.nz

Phone: 021 2177 377

http://changingminds.org.nz/

The Outsider Art Fair | Auckland 21-23 Nov 2014

The Outsider Art Fair makes its NZ debut at the Britomart Precinct from 21-23 November 2014.

The main venue will be the Nathan Club on Galway Lane and there will be pop up exhibitions in the stores around the Britomart Precinct, Live Art and Performance.

Check out the programme here

Like The Outsider Art Fair on Facebook 

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

Free Seminar: Managing Grief at Holiday Times | Birkenhead 18 Nov 2014

  • Date:     Tuesday 18th November
  • Time:     12 – 1.30pm
  • Venue:  The Grief Centre, 92 Hinemoa St, Birkenhead, Auckland

For many people living with loss and grief, Christmas, holidays, and anniversaries can be a painful time and often approached with dread. They may be times of intense loneliness, sadness and emptiness. Perhaps it is a time to think about the people around you who have faced a major change, loss or grief. What could you do to support them at this time? What is helpful? What is not helpful?

This seminar will give you the opportunity to meet and talk with others who may be experiencing similar feelings, as well as gaining some practical suggestions on ways to get through this difficult time.

This seminar will be useful for those who have experienced a loss, those who have friends or family experiencing change and loss, as well as those in the community who may work or support people affected by grief and loss. Feel free to bring a friend.

The workshop will be facilitated by Mallika Krishnamurthy, from The Grief Centre, an educator by profession. The workshop will finish with time for a cup of tea and the chance to talk with others.

There is no charge for this seminar, however you are invited to help The Grief Centre to support others through the holiday season and throughout the year by making a donation on the day or on their website www.griefcentre.org.nz

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.

New Bi-polar Support Group in Hamilton

A new bi-polar support group has started in Hamilton.

Support group (Day)
Second Tuesday of the month. 10.30 – 11.30 am
Sharing our journeys and experiences with bipolar affective disorder.
Learning from each other and looking for the humorous side.
Sharing our progress, setbacks and well-being.
Exchange tips on how to manage the illness more effectively.
Ideas on handling relationships and job options that might fit.

Support group (Evening)
Third Wednesday of the month. 7.30 – 8.30 pm

Coaching sessions 1:1
Have you recently being diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder?
Do you have a lot of questions and need more clarity?
Do you want to talk with someone who also experiences bipolar?
Do you want to put steps in place to manage this illness?

Venue: Hamilton Central Baptist Church
33 Charlemont St, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Contact: Derek 022 044 0308 or (07) 839 1773
This service is not a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, treatment or therapy.