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Taking part in the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry

The Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction has been established by the New Zealand Government in response to widespread concern about mental health and addiction services in the mental health sector and the broader community. It’s time to have your say about what works, what doesn’t work, and what else is needed. Submissions are due by 5pm, 5 June 2018.

Anyone can make a submission to the Inquiry. Service-users, family members, and mental-health professionals have especially valuable perspectives to share. There are a number of different ways you can make your voice count.

  • Fill out the Inquiry Panel’s consultation document. You can do this online or on a downloaded form. The consultation document is like a short survey that asks the following questions…
    1. What is currently working well? Why do you think it is working well? Who is it working well for?
    2. What isn’t working well at the moment? What mental health and addiction needs are not currently being met? Who isn’t receiving the support they need and why? What is not being done now that should be?
    3. What could be done better?
    4. From your point of view, what sort of society would be best for the mental health of all our people?
    5. Anything else you want to tell us? 
  • Write your own submission and email this to the Inquiry Panel. They will consider all submissions received. You can use the questions in the consultation document or not, the choice is yours.
  • You can also provide your submission over the phone by calling 0800 644 678 between 9:30am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday. Someone will be able to talk to you and write down your ideas about how to improve mental health and addiction in New Zealand.
  • Finally, you can attend a regional community meeting to share your ideas directly with the panel. You can complete their Expression of Interest form so they can keep in touch with you when they have updates to share.

Contact the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry

Website: www.mentalhealth.inquiry.govt.nz

Email: mentalhealth@inquiry.govt.nz

Phone:  0800 644 678

New Research: Support makes a difference in antipsychotic medication withdrawal

An important part of Miriam’s doctoral research and some further analysis has just been published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. You can follow this link to view a copy of the full text online, but will need a subscription to download a pdf copy to keep:  https://rdcu.be/MpKs

Here’s a screenshot of the abstract for quick reference…

Abstract Attempting to Stop Antipsychotic Medication Success Supports and Efforts to Cope

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.

Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People Seminar, Auckland

Featuring leading experts in the field, the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People Seminar provides practically relevant information and strategies that can be applied to support young people achieve their potential.

Targeted at mental health professionals, teachers, social/youth workers, parents and young people themselves, the seminar features topics such as body image and disordered eating, video-game addiction, adolescent brain development, supporting young people with a learning disability and many others.

Date/Time: Friday, 28th August, 9am-5pm
Location/Address: Bruce Mason Centre, Cnr Hurstmere Road and The Promenade, Takapuna Beach
Contact Generation Next: Ph: 09 363 9697, E: info@generationnext.co.nz
For Further Information:  www.generationnext.co.nz/

Engage Consideration: Dutch initiative challenges mainstream thinking about psychosis

This post highlights a relatively new Dutch initiative that works to promote a helpful way of thinking about experiences of psychosis. The team at Engage Aotearoa recently stumbled across it on Facebook and thought it was full of information others might like to consider – either in their own recovery or in their efforts to support others seeking recovery.

Jim van Os and others have created a website, manifesto and set of audio-visual ‘explanimations’ to help people understand psychotic experiences in a way that allows for meaning-making and hope for recovery.

Much of the website is in Dutch, but an English-language version of the core resources on the “Schizophrenia Doesn’t Exist” website is available. It’s a provocative title, but the project creators do not mean to say that extreme experiences like hallucinations and delusions do not exist.

If you are not much for reading, you can watch Jim van Os’s TED Talk and get it all in a 15-minute nutshell or explore the 2-minute ‘explanimations‘ about psychosis and recovery on the website.

Visit the Schizophrenia Doesn’t Exist English-language webpage to find everything in one place. 

The Manifesto outlines “14 Principles for Good Care of Psychosis”. The first 7 principles address current thinking that frames psychosis as a brain disorder called schizophrenia and set out evidence for an alternative – Psychosis Spectrum Syndrome or PSS. The final 7 principles set out a vision for recovery-based practice, these state…

“8: To recover from PSS, a person must be offered hope and perspective from the very first moment. Recovery is a psychological process. It is a process of learning to adapt and develop a new perspective. With support from people with lived experience of psychosis and, where necessary, from doctors and therapists who support the process of recovery.

9: Every person with PSS should have access to a person with lived experience of psychosis from the earliest phase of treatment. A person with lived experience is in a unique position to offer perspective and hope (‘I was able to recover as well’).

10: The primary goal of treatment is return to the person’s environment, education and/or work. Education and work are prerequisites for recovery: even if residual symptoms remain, people can start picking up where they left off. The practice to wait for full recovery is counterproductive.

11: Anyone who enters the mental health system with PSS should be encouraged to talk about their psychosis. The content of the psychosis should be seen as meaningful, and may represent the key to underlying issues.

12: Psycho-education should not introduce an unproven biomedical model of brain disease as a central theme.

13: Anyone who suffers from psychosis should have access to psychotherapy by an experienced therapist.

14: Antipsychotics may be necessary to reduce psychosis but do not correct an underlying biological abnormality. Antipsychotics are no cure. Much more attention is required for individual dose optimisation to reach the lowest possible dose and to avoid irrational polypharmacy.

Schizophrenia does not exist, which is a good thing.
Because much can be done about PSS.”

~ Quoted from, Manifesto: 14 Principles for Good Care of Psychosis. Schizophrenia Does Not Exist website, 12 July 2015.

 

 

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

 

Free Primary Healthcare for Kiwi Kids from 1 July 2015

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To find out more

Ask your GP or nurse

Talk to your pharmacist

Call Healthline on 0800 611 116

Visit www.health.govt.nz/visiting-a-doctor