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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

Skylight 2015 PD Workshop Series

Skylight is excited about the topics they are offering through the 2015 PD workshop series –and they hope you will be too!

Below is the flyer for the first workshop “Conflict in families” being run in their training room on March 11th from 9.30am-12.30pm.

Flyer: TA – Conflict in families

LOCATION: Skylight, 2A Green Street, Wellington
COST: $80.00 Includes morning tea and handouts
EMAIL: pd@skylight-trust.org.nz or phone 0800 299 100 or 04 939 6767 for all queries

To register, go to the online registration site and create a login, then book the workshop/s you are interested in attending.

 

Also, if you are willing to forward this information to your wider networks and/or put the flyer on a notice board or in a newsletter, it would be appreciated.

Contact: Julie Richards
Skylight | Professional Development
2A Green Street | Newtown | Wellington 6021 | New Zealand
PO Box 7309 | Newtown | Wellington 6242 | New Zealand
+64 (0)4 939 6767 | Tel 0800 299 100 | DD +64 (0)4 909 7395 | Fax +64 (0)4 939 4759
www.skylight.org.nz | www.travellers.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

Keep Learning with the Updated Online Resources Pack

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In support of this year’s Mental-Health Awareness week theme, ‘Keep Learning’, the team at Engage Aotearoa have added two new pages of links to the Online Resources Pack for you to explore. Find new online sources of distraction/entertainment, self-help tools, information, support and recovery stories – and keep learning for Mental-Health Awareness Week and beyond.

Click here to browse and save a copy of the updated file

New links include…

  • All Right Canterbury
  • Beyond Meds
  • Coming Off
  • Conversations that Matter
  • Depression is Not Your Destiny
  • Everybody
  • Guide to Psychology and its Practice
  • Intervoice
  • Like Minds, Like Mine
  • Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse NZ
  • Mental Health News Hub
  • Mind Share
  • Open Culture
  • Reasons to Go on Living
  • Recovery Notes
  • SPARX CBT Computer Game
  • Support for Parents of Suicidal Teens
  • Support Page for Anxiety Depression and Mental Illness
  • The Depression Center 4.0
  • The Peaceful Parent
  • Worry Wise Kids

Find more Recovery Information Packs on the Engage Aotearoa website.

 

Skylight: Four August Workshops

Skylight offers a wide range of services to support those facing tough times of change, loss, trauma and grief – whatever the cause, and whatever their age. They also equip, train and support those wanting to assist, such as friends or family members, community volunteers or professionals. Here are four workshops they are offering in the upcoming weeks. For more information about these or other upcoming workshops, go to http://skylight.org.nz/

Compassion fatigue and second had trauma 

Day / Date:   Tues,19th Aug          Time:  6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost:   $60                 Venue: Skylight
Facilitator:                  Margaret Alve

Workshop brief: This workshop will explain; the nature and impact of Compassion Fatigue and Second Hand Trauma, suggest ways to manage the effects in the workplace, and discuss strategies for prevention. Participants will: Hear about the latest research / Gain knowledge and skills to better manage and prevent these challenges / Learn simple ways to positively influence and benefit their workplace culture. The workshop will benefit people whose role involves supporting others in distress, or difficulty of any kind.  It is also for those who support the wellbeing of frontline staff.

Eating disorders 

Day / Date:   Wed, 27th Aug          Time:  9.30 – 12.30pm
Cost:   $80                 Venue: Skylight
Facilitator:                  Chris Bowden and Megan Horsham

Workshop brief: This informative and interactive workshop will explore: How to identify a young person at risk, and identify signs and symptoms of eating disorders / What it is like to have an eating disorder from a young person’s point of view (themes from research and real life) / How to talk with young people who have an eating disorder (for example, what to say, how best to say it and what not to say) / How to respond to disclosures, anger and denial in young people / How to talk to and support family and friends of teens with eating disorders

Understanding men’s grief, loss and health

Day / Date:   Thurs 28th Aug          Time:  6.30 – 8.30 pm
Cost:   $60                 Venue: Skylight
Facilitator:                  Margaret Alve and Chris Bowden

Workshop brief: Understanding men’s grief, loss and health – this workshop for professionals will explore the latest thinking about the ways gender shapes men’s health beliefs, coping, and health behaviours. Participants will be encouraged to join a conversation, share insights and knowledge about how best to support men experiencing grief, loss and change.

Supporting Children and Teens through Loss and Grief

Day / Date:   Fri, 29th Aug          Time:  9.30am – 12.30 pm
Cost:   $80                 Venue: The Mercy Spirituality Centre, Auckland
Facilitator:                  John Hibbs

Workshop brief: This experiential and interactive workshop will look at the challenging and disorienting experience of grief, loss and bereavement for children and young people by: Exploring a variety of creative therapeutic approaches to working with grief / Practical ways to work with the issues of guilt, fear, anger and sadness / Coping strategies through the hard times / What works with the differing developmental stages / Supporting through reflection and active listening.

 

Receiving Love Course, Auckland, Starts 3 June 2014

  • Every Second Tuesday, 7-10 pm
  • From 3 June 2014 – 4 November 2014
  • At Rest Counselling, 18 Franklin Rd, Ponsonby

REST Counselling are running a Receiving Love course. Designed for couples and individuals, this course will help you learn to become more open in your relationships and increase your capacity to give and receive love.  Based on the work of Harville Hendrix, author of the top selling relationship book of all time, this book looks specifically at issues that block us from receiving love and connection in our relationships.

Suitable for couples and individuals – receiving love is a journey focused on how you connect. The course involves a balanced mix of theory and practical exercise both in the group and in the fortnight between sessions.  The course runs fortnightly for 12 sessions over 24 weeks, starting on the 3rd June.  The cost is $80 per session or $60 for students or CSC holders.  Couples are $120 or $100 for CSC holders.

Receiving Love is an invitation into the journey of conscious relationship expect support, connection and change.  Run by Steven Dromgool an Advanced Imago Relationship Therapist with 15 years experience working with couples and individuals and running both couples and individuals groups.  Steven is passionate and positive about creating conscious connections.  Please feel free tocontact him if you have more questions.

Click here for tickets.

 

National Depression Initiative Seeks Rural Men to Share Stories of Recovery from Depression

The National Depression Initiative (NDI) is undertaking a new project around rural mental health.

They want to make a new series of videos for depression.org.nz, and are looking for farmers who have come through a depression journey and are prepared to tell their story.

If you (or someone you know) are male, aged 24 to 65, a farmer of any kind, and would be willing to share, please contact Belinda Moss

  • b.moss@hpa.org.nz
  • 04 9170513 (office hours)

The Nutters Club episode on Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse | Maori TV | Mon 2 Dec 2013

The subject of male sexual abuse is the topic of a very frank episode of The Nutters Club on Monday December 2nd at 9:30pm on Maori Television. Mike King and David Codyre speak to Ken Clearwater and Rewi Smith about their experiences as survivors of sexual abuse.

Watch the trailer here on Vimeo

If you miss the episode when it airs on TV, you can watch all episodes online here.

Listen to The Nutters Club live on radio Newstalk ZB, every Sunday at 11pm.

Butterfly Diaries Launched: Order Online

The Butterfly Diaries Volume 1 was launched on the 13th of October at Fiesta in the Park – a free book of four true stories of recovery from the experience of being suicidal.

Engage Aotearoa set up a tent and invited people to take a book, decorate a butterfly with a coping tip and leave it on the tent to share with others. Sixty free books were handed out on the day and The Butterfly Diaries tent finished up covered in colourful butterflies and heaps of helpful tips people wanted to share.

Online orders flew in thick and fast since the release was first announced and another 2 00 books were posted out to across the country in the days following the launch. Books have been sent to Kaitaia, Kohukohu, Kerikeri, Whangarei, all across Auckland, Hamilton, Raglan, Thames, Tauranga, Timaru, Wellington, Lower Hutt, Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill and a range of towns the team had never heard of before. Orders even came in from as far afield as Glasgow and The Netherlands in the first few days. There are now only 20 copies of the first print run left and the team at Engage Aotearoa are in the process of ordering more.

As soon as the books flew out into the world, the first comments started flying in…

I’ve read my copy of the Butterfly Diaries and think it’s excellent – you must be really pleased with the end result, as I imagine the participants are. I’d be keen to get a box of them so we can take them with us when we present around the country.” 

Order Online

The Butterfly Diaries is free for individuals in the community. A small donation is requested to cover the cost of postage and handling ($2.50 p/bk). If you cannot donate, simply email admin@engagenz.co.nz with your address and you’ll be sent a copy anyway. 

Organisations can order copies online by making a donation to cover the cost of printing and posting the copies ordered ($5 p/bk). This allows Engage Aotearoa to keep free copies available for individuals in the community who may not use services.

Share the poster with the people you know and help make recovery stories easy for Kiwis to find.

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The Butterfly Diaries Volume 1: Launch & Order Details

The Butterfly Diaries Volume 1 is a FREE book of inspiring stories and personal tips from four people who have recovered from the experience of being suicidal.

Launch Details:

NOTE: Event Moved to Sunday 13th of October due to rain forecast for Saturday the 12th. 

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Engage Aotearoa will be launching The Butterfly Diaries Volume 1 at Fiesta in the Park on the 13th of October for Mental Health Awareness Week. Come along to the free public concert and pop into The Butterfly Diaries Tent – a quiet corner covered in white paper butterflies where you can stop by to decorate a butterfly with a survival tip of your own, pick up a copy of the book, relax with a copy in the reading corner or listen to the authors and editors read from the book.

  • Where: Fiesta in the Park, Western Park, Ponsonby, Auckland
  • When: From midday Sunday 13 October 2012
    Reading Times:
    12:30 – 1:00 pm Michelle Bolton reads from Breathe and Breathe and Breathe by Phoebe Wright
    1:30 – 2:00 pm Owen Bullock reads from Enough Angels
    2:30 – 3:00 pm Miriam Larsen-Barr reads from Welcome to Today by Henrietta Bollinger
  • 3:30 – 4:00 pm Raewyn Alexander reads from Emerging from the Past, Transformed

 

The Butterfly Diaries, Volume 1
Four true stories of transformation told by four New Zealand writers.

  • Stories by Raewyn Alexander, Henrietta Bollinger, Owen Bullock and Phoebe Wright.
  • Foreword by Mike King
  • Edited by Miriam Larsen-Barr and Michelle Bolton

In Aotearoa, New Zealand, 1 in 6 people have suicidal thoughts each year. It is a normal human response to feel hopeless sometimes. It takes a great deal of distress tolerance, brute determination, skill development, support and understanding to survive the urge to act on those thoughts and feelings when they arise. But hardly anyone ever talks about suicidal thoughts and feelings, making it even harder for people to find out how to get through. The Butterfly Diaries gives voice to the stories of those who have been there and made it out alive. Sean, Jane, Mary and Brad have all been suicidal, survived their own suicide attempts and found their way to a place where they are glad to be living their lives. In The Butterfly Diaries they share how they strengthened their wings and learned to fly.

The first edition of The Butterfly Diaries Volume 1 will be placed in high-schools and GP waiting rooms across the NZ, to make recovery stories easy to find. Suicide rates peak among youth and most people who are suicidal visit a GP in the months leading up to making an attempt, even if they do not talk about how they are really feeling.

How to Order Copies

You can nominate a service or person to receive a copy of The Butterfly Diaries or order a copy for yourself by making a donation on the Engage Aotearoa website to cover the cost of posting your book. Just fill in your details and give the delivery address in the space provided. The minimum donation is set at NZ$2.50 (the cost of NZ postage and handling). A donation of $5 will get a copy posted for you and cover the costs of printing a copy for someone else.

Click here to order a copy of The Butterfly Diaries

Contact admin@engagenz.co.nz for more information

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Want to help prevent suicide in NZ?

You can help get more copies of The Butterfly Diaries out there for people to read. Sponsor a print run by making a donation on the Engage Aotearoa website.  Every donation over $5 is tax deductible. A $20 donation pays for eight more books. A $500 donation prints enough books for a small school.