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Te Pou: Towards restraint-free mental health practice

Te Pou is pleased to launch Towards restraint free mental health practice: Supporting the reduction and prevention of personal restraint in mental health inpatient settings. This resource is the latest in a suite of work aimed at reducing and preventing the use of seclusion and restraint. Services can use this resource to plan and identify best practices that support a least restrictive approach to service delivery.

Te Pou
Level 2, Building B, 8 Nugent Street, Grafton, Auckland 1023.
Telephone: +64 9 373 2125www.tepou.org.nz

Engage Facebook Highlights

Here are a half a dozen recent highlights from our Facebook page. Please LIKE US!

Kiwi tastes a golden nugget. It’s delicious. Superb animated film about addiction.

Writing from the Toi Ora Creative Writers in the ArtWeek zine
Toi Ora writers make a splash: writing from Matthew Savage, Liz Higgins, Andrew Holdaway and more.

Nine Things Every Parent with an Anxious Child Should Try
Your child turns to you and says, “I don’t want to take the bus. My stomach hurts. Please don’t make me go.” A discussion

Public lecture by Professor Rosalind Gill: Sexting, sexualisation and sexism
Modern youth sexuality, sexting and the sexy selfie. 27 November 2014, 6pm.

Finding the Treatment Options that Suck Less
The Crazymeds Manifesto: to help you find treatment options that suck less.

Worst Things to Say to a Person With Bipolar Disorder
When your friend or loved one has bipolar disorder, here are the worst things you can tell them.

Grief Centre Open Day

The Grief Centre is holding an Open Day on Wednesday 30 April, from 10 – 2.30pm as part of their 5th Birthday celebrations.

You are welcome to drop in and have a cup of tea and a chat; find out about what they do and the services they provide; and have a look at their resources.

From 12pm – 1pm, Carol Blair, Manager of The Grief Centre will present an Information Session, “Talking about Death and Grief – What to say that’s helpful (and what’s not so helpful)”.  The session will include opportunity for questions and discussion. This is open for anyone to attend.  Your donation for the session will be welcome. Please RSVP.

Dil’s Building, 92 Hinemoa St, Birkenhead. Phone: 09 4181457 or Email: info@griefcentre.org.nz, www.griefcentre.org.nz

The Grief Centre – Upcoming Support Groups

The following groups are planned for March 2014.  Further groups will be held throughout the year and people are encouraged to register their interest in attending a group.  Younger Bereaved Partners.  For those who are 45 and under, and have lost a partner.  This group is planned to start mid March, Wednesday evenings, 7-9pm, and will be held in Ponsonby.  Group runs for 8 weeks.   

General Bereavement Support Group.  For those who have experienced a bereavement sometime in the last few years.  This group is planned to start later in March, Thursday evenings, 7-9pm, and will be held in Henderson. Group runs for 8 weeks.

Seasons For Growth.  For those experiencing a range of loss and change issues, generally other than bereavement.  This will be held at the Grief Centre in Birkenhead and is planned to start early March, Tuesday evenings, 7-9pm.  Group runs for 4 weeks. All our groups are facilitated by experienced and qualified counsellors.  A small contribution is requested for group attendance.  As always these groups are subject to sufficient numbers registering before they can proceed.  Please contact us at the Grief Centre for further information or registration.

Phone: 418 1457 or email office@griefcentre.org.nz

Counselling and other services are also available through the Grief Centre.  Please visit our website www.griefcentre.org.nz

Child Matters 2014 training calendar

Child Matters is a registered charitable trust dedicated to preventing harm to children in New Zealand.

Child Matters provides guidance, advice, education and support to those in a position to act to protect children. Their training and education programmes provide adults with essential skills, and just as importantly the confidence, to intervene when a child needs help.

Find the 2014 programme here:


World Health Organisation Releases Guidelines on Mental Healthcare After Trauma

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published some guidelines for health professionals on how to provide care to adults and children following a traumatic event.

The document cautions health providers about prescribing benzodiazepines in the month following trauma or loss, sharing research evidence that using benzo’s for acute stress symptoms and trauma-related sleeping problems can prolong recovery from the events and create dependency and tolerance that add to the individual’s difficulties.

Read a summary of the guidelines here.

Get the full report here.

Consultation on Proposal to Change Home-Based Support Services in WDHB Area


Waitemata District Health Board are proposing to change the current model of care for the provision of Home and Community Support Services funded within the Waitemata District Health Board area.

Waitemata District Health Board is consulting with its communities and stakeholders on a proposal that may change the model of care for home-based support services within the district. The aim of the proposed model is to ensure clients receive services based on the level of need and that they are empowered to achieve optimal functioning and independence.

Waitemata DHB encourage you to provide feedback.


The proposal and other relevant documents are available on the Waitemata District Health Board website.

View Online – Visit: www.waitematadhb.govt.nz to view the proposal and other relevant documents.

Request a hard copy – contact Imelda Quilty-King, Community Engagement Coordinator, Waitemata DHB on mobile: 0212236099 or by email: hbssconsultation@waitematadhb.govt.nz if you wish to request a hard copy or if you have any other query on this proposal.


Online – Visit www.waitematadhb.govt.nz to complete a survey using survey monkey.

By post – Request a hard copy or print off the feedback form from the

website and post it the Waitemata District Health Board.

Request a Face to Face meeting – The Waitemata DHB is not holding public meetings however your organisation/group is welcome to request a face-to-face meeting with us by contacting Imelda Quilty-King, Community Engagement Coordinator, Waitemata DHB on mobile: 0212236099 or by email: hbssconsultation@waitematadhb.govt.nz


Feedback closes at 5pm, Monday 24 June 2013.

Nationwide Campaign Against Child Abuse in Aotearoa: Day of Action 13 March 2013

A Day in Action in Aoteroa” is the banner under which concerned community leaders, parents, grandparents, whānau and organisations are marching next Wednesday 13th March to combat child abuse throughout the country. A movement which started last month in Kaitāia has now gathered national support and momentum, with synchronised Hikoi planned in several centres across the country to highlight the plight of children who are being abused, and to kickstart a range of strategies that ordinary people can use in their whānau and communities to stop the abusers and help the victims.

The ‘Enough is Enough’ movement was sparked by a number of child abuse investigations and convictions in and around Kaitāia, the most horrific being the case of James Parker who abused dozens of young boys over more than a decade. Building on the energy and interest this distressing case generated, local organisers Lissa Kingi-Waiaua and Rueben Taipari, put out the call to mobilise.  As a result, there will be synchronised Hikoi in Kaitāia, Whangarei, Auckland and Hastings on Tuesday 13th March. The date was chosen to coincide with James Parker’s appearance in Kaitāia Court for sentencing.

Nationwide Facebook Event Pages:

AbuseHikoiFlyer MASTER

The Kaitāia leg of the Hikoi has been arranged to accommodate the sensitivities of the victims and their whānau, as well as the physical safety and interest of those taking part.  Local Kohanga Reo, Poipoi and other education centres have indicated they will attend with their tamariki.  So too has a a large contingent of kuia kaumātua.  Organisers urge everyone to join and show that Kaitāia does care and is willing to pull together to protect our children.

Kicking off at 10am from the Mana Party’s Te Hiku Branch office on North Rd, the Kaitāia Hikoi will make its way along Commerce St, before turning into Redan Rd and moving on to the reserve behind the old Far North District Council offices where the rest of the day’s programme will be held. Rueben and Lissa are grateful for the liaison and support they’ve enjoyed with Police, Court staff, local businesses and volunteers.  They are also deeply grateful for donations of bouncy castles to give the children an outlet for their energies, as well as for donations of drinks, tents, seating, a PA system and an MC to facilitate any speakers. They also hope the Hikoi will be a catalyst for ongoing public forums, practical workshops and other initiatives in Kaitāia and the rest of the country aimed at stopping child abuse and transforming communities into safe places for their most vulnerable members.


  • Meeting point: 9.30am outside Te Hiku Mana Office, 60 North Rd.
  • Korero: Kaupapa, Safety guidelines, Marshall’s, Police, Karakia.
  • Hikoi commences: 10am
  • Yellow box: Kuia and kaumatua hook on (Old Pak N Save carpark/Farmers) 
  • Final destination: Reserve area behind old FNDC building, directly across from Kaitaia District Court. Reserve approved by FNDC.
  • Kaupapa finishes: 2pm

Local health organisations and whanau service providers have been invited to bring along their shade tents and/or stalls so information is readily available to whanau who maybe seeking help. If you would like to bring along an information stall/tent, please contact Lissa via fb.

There is an open invitation to all kohanga reo, play centres and kura’s to bring along some activities for the tamariki, coloring in, games, guitars, waiata etc. We’ve also provided some bouncy castles and music from Te Hiku Media – TAI FM. All tamariki and mokopuna MUST be supervised by an Adult / Care giver AT ALL TIMES.

This is a demonstration organised by whanau, for whanau. It’s about protecting our futures. Mauri ora kia tatou, na Lissa Kingi-Waiaua raua ko Rueben Taipari.


Hikoi for reTHiNK of Mental-Healthcare Choices Arriving in Auckland

One Woman Walking: Hikoi for a Big reTHiNK of Mental Healthcare Choices 

Annie Chapman is on a hikoi across the length of the North Island to raise awareness about the need for better mental healthcare choices to be made available to service-users in New Zealand.

I have ceased to be surprised now by how almost everyone I talk to about why I am walking has a story to tell of friends or loved ones in need, utterly failed by the mental health system.” ~ Annie Chapman, 21 December 2012

Annie Chapman will be in Auckland from the 14th – 21st February 2013 (and in fact she may arrive a few days earlier than this).

So far the Auckland events in place are:

• Saturday morning, 16th Feb, from 10 am til 12 noon at Morra Hall, Waiheke.  Note: there has been a change of venue to allow for a more formal setting.  Instead of Ostend Market as originally planned, Annie Chapman will now be at Morra Hall, Oneroa, Waiheke
• A meeting on 15th February with colleagues of Brigitte Sistig re Yoga and Depression
• A second radio interview with “Take it from Us” (Feb 19)
• A screening/talk of Jim Marbrook’s film “Mental Notes” as a fund-raiser on the 17th of February  at Connect SR in Glenfield.

If you have any questions or suggestions of other good possible places to meet, speak or be interviewed by media, please contact Annie direct on 027 4272644 or Hikoiforhealth@gmail.com

Find out more on the official Facebook Page

Help spread the wordinvite your friends to the Facebook Event

A Chance to Tell the Commission about Mental Health and Addiction Services in Your Area: Auckland 14 Feb 2013

The Mental Health Commissioner will be visiting Auckland on Thursday, 14 February 2013.

A Chance to Tell the Commission about Mental Health and Addiction Services in Your Area

The Mental Health Commissioner’s purpose is to enhance mental health and wellbeing for all New Zealanders. The Commissioner focuses on society’s overall response to mental health and wellbeing and on services for people experiencing mental distress and/or addiction.

The Commissioner works to give voice to the needs and perspectives of people experiencing mental distress and addiction challenges and their families/whānau.

Every month the Commissioner visits a District Health Board area and holds meetings with interested people, including school counsellors, government agencies, NGOs and staff from service providers including clinicians, and managers.

What happens with this information?
After the meetings the Commission will provide a summary of our findings to the Chief Executive Officer of the District Health Board.  They do not reveal the identity of anyone who talks to them.

A summary of this visit’s findings will be on the Health and Disability Commission’s website in the May 2013 at http://www.hdc.org.nz/about-us/mental-health-and-addictions/monitoring-and-advocacy. If you do not have access to the internet please call on 09 373 1060 and they will be happy to print it out and send it to you.

The information also helps the Commissioner understand the important issues in relation to mental health and addiction services. The Commissioner advises the Minister of Health on the implementation of the mental health and addiction strategy.

Date: 14 February 2013

Venue: Pukekawa Room, Jubilee Building, 545 Parnell Road, Parnell. Limited parking around building marked ‘Jubilee Visitors’ or further parking available in surrounding streets and the museum. 

To book a 1-on-1 appointment with The Commissioner, service-users should RSVP to Vanessa Creamer via email  vcreamer@hdc.org.nz or phone 0800 11 22 33 for a time.

List of Auckland Community Meetings

 9.00am – 10.00am  Funding and Planning Only
Attendees: Portfolio Managers


10.00am – 10.15am Morning Tea Break


 10.15am – 11.45pm  Support Providers, NGOs and Inter-Government Agencies Only
Attendees:  WINZ, CYF, Police, Education, Housing, Justice/Courts, City Council


12.30pm – 2:30pm LUNCH INCLUDEDMaori Mental Health Providers, NGOs, ADHB Maori Clinical Services  Only – Held at Mahitahi premises 15a Ronwood Avenue, Manukau
Attendees: Māori Mental Health Providers, NGOs, ADHB Māori Clinical Services 
2.30 – 3.30pm Afternoon Tea Break/Travel Time


3.30pm – 5.00pm Primary Health Care Providers Only
Attendees: includes  liaisons, counsellors, Primary Health Care Nurses, PHOs, Pharmacists, Psychologists, GPs


5.15pm – 6.00pm Consumer Requests for 1:1 appointments 
6.00pm – 8.00pm DINNER INCLUDED
Consumers and Family/Whānau Only
Attendees: People who have used or use mental health or addiction services and family/whānau