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Toi Ora: Express Yourself Course for Young People

Toi Ora Live Art Trust is a unique shared creative space in the heart of Auckland city for people in support of their mental health and wellbeing. Toi Ora provides an array of arts, creative writing, music and recording classes and workshops, that are tutored by professional practitioners with experience and/or an understanding of the issues surrounding mental health.

Below are the flier, enrolment form and info sheet for the next early intervention Express Yourself starting soon 17 Feb Mondays 1-3pm at Toi Ora.

Note: This project is ongoing, so participants can start this class at any time during the year.

Info sheet:


Enrolment form:

Any queries, just get in touch with:

Monica Evans
Express Yourself Creative Youth Development
Toi Ora Live Arts Trust
6 Putiki St, Grey Lynn
Ph 09 360 4171 or 022 161 2329

Web: www.toiora.org.nz
Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ExpressYourselfAK

Save the Date | Service User Academia Symposium | Wellington, 1-2 Dec 2014

Creating Connections – Building Bridges Together

This symposium is for…

Service user academics wanting to confer about:

  • The work of service user academics
  • Developing research and teaching skills
  • The barriers and challenges to progressing service user academia

Mental health researchers and educators wanting to confer about:

  • Service user leadership and collaborations in mental health research and teaching
  • Supporting capacity building among service users
  • Establishing links and networks with others already working with or as service user academics

Funders of mental health research and workforce development wanting to confer about:

  • Assessing end-user engagement in mental health research proposals
  • Considering mental health service users’ research priorities
  • Re-orienting or developing training programmes with a recovery foundation and focus

1st and 2nd December 2014
University of Otago Wellington, New Zealand

There will be a cost for this event – yet to be set.

Sarah Gordon
Service User Academic
University of Otago, Wellington

Shared Vision Annual Recovery Conference: 30 October 2013

The annual Shared Vision North Harbour “2013 Recovery Conference” is free and includes morning tea and lunch. There are two keynote speakers, people sharing their journey and a panel discussion.

  • 9.30am-2.30pm
  • Wed 30 Oct 2013
  • AMI Netball Courts, Northcote
  • RSVP: eileen@raeburnhouse.org.nz | Ph 09 489 0543


Fiesta In The Park | Free Public Event: 12 OCT 2013, Auckland

The 3rd Biennial Fiesta in the Park at Western Park in Ponsonby on the 12th of October 2013.  

This years theme is CONNECT: wellbeing through connection.

In celebration of Mental Health Awareness events across the globe Fiesta in the Park welcomes Sola Rosa to the Fiesta and are joined by old friends Jan Hellreigel, Emma Paki, SINA, Sam RB, The Desotos, Mike Chunn & Play it Strange, Gareth Edwards, Miller Yule, and Ash Graham.  Spoken word poetry by The Literatti, and dance by Touch Compass.  Feast on deliciousness from the Paella Pan, Gourmet Shuttle, Banger Boys and a little sweet from the Donut Dudes to go with your Coffee Guy coffee or Nitro Juice.

Join in the art and fun activities including yoga, clown performers ZIG n ZAG and Circus in a Flash. The Fiesta celebrates Auckland’s rich diversity and culture.

This year you can join in the celebrations and participate, with the Fiesta hosting a moving image digital artwork screen, themed around community connection and wellbeing.  Toi Ora Live Art Trust are putting a call out for contributions of images, text, poetry, drawings, photos, what ever you like.

Email them to toioradigital@gmail.com


  • On: Saturday 12th October. (Rain day:  Sunday 13th)
  • At: Western Park.  Ponsonby Rd.
  • From: 12 to 7pm.

The World Hearing Voices Congress: Melbourne 20-22 Nov 2013

For voice hearers, consumers, service users, clinicians, community workers, carers and family, researchers and students.

Three days of new ideas, collaborative conversations, innovative research and practice, and stories of hope and creativity.


Dr Rufus May (UK)  |  Rachel Waddingham (UK)  |  Will Hall (US)
Debra Lampshire (NZ)  |  Arana Pearson (NZ)  |  Ron Coleman (UK)
Prof Alan Rosen (AU)  |  Dr Lewis Mehl-Madrona (US)  |  Dr Dirk Corstens (NDL)
A/Prof Flavie Waters (AU)  |  John Watkins (AU)  |  Dr Simon McCarthy Jones (AU)



Connect Community Quiz Night: Thames, Fri 4 Oct 2013

Register your teams of 4 now!

  • Friday 4th October 2013
  • Thames Civic Centre, Thames
  • 6.00-9.30pm
  • $10 a team

Light supper will be provided on the night.

A great night of fun, prizes, and a night with a different flavour!

Limited spaces available. Registrations close Fri 27th Sept.

A Like Minds Like Mine initiative in a lead up to Mental Health Awareness Week 2013.

To register e-mail: aaron@korowai.co.nz


To Disclose or Not to Disclose; Mental Illness and Human Rights 23 Aug 2013

Changing Minds Forum

  • Friday the 23rd of August
  • Western Springs Garden Community Hall
  • 10am – 12pm

When should you tell your flat mate you live with mental illness? Your new love interest? What about your employer?

This month Changing Minds are hosting a workshop entitled “To disclose or not to disclose; mental illness and human rights.” The workshop will look at “disclosure” from a human rights perspective and is designed to enable us to make informed decisions about what we choose to share with others.



Mike King Korero Heads to Taranaki Region in September

Mike King and Tai Tupou are hitting the road again in September to encourage schools and communities to make it cool to korero about the tough stuff, so we all make it through.

  • 10 September, 1 pm, Cool to Korero, Francis Douglas College, New Plymouth
  • 10 September, 7:30 pm, Community Korero, War Memorial Hall, Stratford
  • 11 September, 7:30 pm, Community Korero, Waves Building, New Plymouth
  • 11 September, 12:30 am, Cool to Korero for Hawera High and Patea Area School, The Hub, Hawera
  • 12 September, 11:30 am, Combined Community Cool to Korero, Opunake College, Opunake

While the team at Key to Life are getting ready to hit the road, the team at Engage Aotearoa will be adding recovery resources from each of these towns to The Community Resources Directory, so they can be delivered to those who need them when the team hits the ground in each of their locations across Taranaki. If you know of any services in the Taranaki region you think others would find useful, email them in to info@engagenz.co.nz.

The Nutters Club Talks to Arana Pearson about Hearing Voices Sunday 11 Aug 2013

Arana Pearson will be on the Nutters Club radio show this Sunday the 11th of August, from 11 pm. Arana will talk about his experiences with voices.

You can tune in on your radio, or via the Newstalk ZB website:


Blogger Survivest on Take It From Us Radio 6 August 2013

On Tuesday 6th of August, Take It From Us broadcasts a smorgasbord of commentary, mental health news, and the latest from blogger, Survivest, who reviews the positive changes in her life since a dramatic event a year earlier. PlanetFM 104.6FM  @ 12.30pm every Tuesday

Listen live on 104.6FM at 12.30pm or online www.planetaudio.org.nz

OR if you missed the broadcast, listen for the next seven days @: www.planetaudio.org.nz/takeitfromus

Catch up on the last four shows online: www.likeminds.org.nz

And don’t forget our new Facebook page @ Facebook.com and type take it from us in the search box; Email takeitfromus@mail.com for any feedback and comment/suggestions for shows.