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Videos from LGBTTI Wellness and Suicide: What do we need to change?

LGBTTI Wellness and Suicide: What do we need to change? was a one-day symposium held in Auckland on 27 February 2013, looking at mental wellbeing and suicide prevention in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, takataapui and intersex populations.

The day was hosted by Auckland District Health BoardOUTLine NZRainbow Youth, Affinity Services and the Mental Health Foundation.

Videos and slides from the symposium presentations are available below:

Changing Minds Monthly Forum: Manurewa, 28 March 2013

The following is information concerning this month’s Changing Minds Forum:

Changing Minds and Affinity’s Diane Hewitt recently met with a large group of the community in order to gain their feedback on how they feel mental health and addictions services are doing when it comes to partnership with those people utilising services.

With a full report drafted, Changing Minds staff and Diane will be presenting the report back to the community.

When: Thursday 28th March, 1-3pm

Where: Nathan Homestead, Manurewa.

Who: All welcome, and it is especially hoped that people who came along to the February forum discussion about partnership will come back and see the amazing report that has been written. Your feedback will be greatly appreciated. The team would like to check with you that they have made good use of the knowledge and experience that was shared with them last time.

The discussion will be facilitated by Joey MacDonald (Changing Minds) and Diane Hewitt (Affinity Services).

Some light refreshments will be available.

For brief details on the discussion that took place in February, please see this article.

Universal Periodic Review: Do New Zealanders Have Their Human Rights Upheld?

The right to health, to justice, to work, to education, to be free from discrimination: these rights belong to all of us. New Zealand has signed international agreements to uphold these rights, but how well are we actually doing?

The Universal Periodic Review is an important opportunity for individuals, NGOs and civil society organisations to share their experience and views on New Zealand’s realisation of human rights for everyone. What people and communities say can influence future developments. It isn’t just about writing reports. Communities will be consulted on what’s important for them. UPR 13/14 is an opportunity to work with other like minded groups, and to lobby the Government to make voluntary commitments and/or accept recommendations made by the working group following the UPR 13/14 process.

The Commission is offering free workshops to support civil society in UPR 13/14. In addition there will be opportunities to engage in discussions with government officials in April/May and subsequently to comment on the draft New Zealand government report. The Commission would also welcome the opportunity to discuss key issues with community groups and individuals to feed into the UPR 13/14 process.

The workshop dates and times for 2013 are:

  • Auckland          26 March (1.30 – 4.30pm) Auckland Law School
  • Wellington        4 April (1.30-4.30)
  • Christchurch      11 April (1.30-4.30)
  • Dunedin           16 April (1.30-4.30)
  • Hamilton          7 May (1.30-4.30)
  • Invercargill      9 May (Time TBC)

Please contact Michael White on michaelw@hrc.co.nz if:

  • You wish to attend one of the Commission’s workshops;
  • Would like to receive further emails about how to be involved in the UPR process;
  • If you or your organization are hosting an event where the Commission could talk about UPR 13/14; or
  • You would like the Commission to assist with facilitating co-ordinated engagement from your sector.

In the meantime for more information on UPR 13/14 and how you can get involved see: http://www.hrc.co.nz/international-human-rights-new/faqs-for-upr-1314

The Commission looks forward to working with you around UPR 13/14 to ensure the full and active engagement of civil society organisations across the country, helping to garner actual positive changes on the ground.

Preventing Suicide in the LGBTI Community: 23 & 25 March 2013

Two LGBTI Suicide-Prevention Events from Rainbow Youth and Auckland Youth Development Trust

Suicide Prevention Training

Mani B Mitchell (Intersex Trust Aotearoa) and Sharon Jones (Working It Out, Tasmania Australia)
Facilitating a suicide prevention training for people who work with queer and trans* youth.
All are welcome. RSVP to info@rainbowyouth.org.nz or the facebook event pinned to the Rainbow Youth Facebook page. No fee charged, koha is welcome on the day.

Training will be in ‘The Palour’ on the top floor of 78 Pitt Street, Auckland Central. (The Building next to the church).

Saturday 23 March 2013, from 1 pm. 



LGBTI Suicide Prevention Forum

Mani B Mitchell and Sharon Jones presenting their recent work and collaboration with the queer, trans* and intersex communities both here and across the ditch. People are welcome to join Mani and Sharon for kai at the Ponsonby Food Court afterwards. All are welcome. RSVP to info@rainbowyouth.org.nz or the facebook event pinned to the Rainbow Youth Facebook page. No fee charged koha is welcome.

Monday 25 March 2013, from 6pm. 


Mental Health Commissioner Meetings in Hawkes Bay 14 March 2013

The Mental Health Commissioner will be visiting Hawkes Bay on Thursday, 14 March 2013.

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 we 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 Commission’s website in June 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 us on 09 373 1060 and we 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.

Please see the list of meetings to find the one that is right for you.  It is important to hear your experiences and views.

For catering purposes, please confirm your attendance by email to vcreamer@hdc.org.nz or telephone (09) 373 1025 as soon as possible.  Please also advise if you have any special requirements in attending the meeting.

Date: 14 March 2013

Venue: Shakespeare Room, Hawkes Bay Opera House, 101 Hastings Street South, Hastings.

Meeting Schedule

11.00 am – 11.15 am Morning Tea
 11.15 am – 12.30 pm  

Support Providers, NGOs and Inter-Government Agencies Only | Attendees:  WINZ, CYF, Police, Education, Housing, Justice/Courts, City Council, NGOs


12.45 pm – 2:45 pm LUNCH INCLUDEDMāori Mental Health Providers, Māori focused NGOs, HBDHB Māori Clinical Services  Only

Attendees: Māori Mental Health Providers, Māori focused NGOs, HBDHB Māori Clinical Services


3.00 pm to 3.15 pm Afternoon Tea Break
3.15 pm – 4.15 pm Primary Health Care Providers Only

Attendees: includes  liaisons, counsellors, Primary Health Care Nurses, PHOs, Pharmacists, Psychologists, GPs


4.30 pm – 5.20pm  Consumer Requests for 1:1 appointments


5.30pm – 7.30pm DINNER INCLUDEDConsumers and Family/Whānau Only

Attendees: People who have used or use mental health or addiction services and family/whānau

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:

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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.


Study Asks: Do Social Marketing Campaigns Improve Sexual Health for Gay and Bisexual Men?

Taking part in this survey could help uncover important research… and you could win an iPad mini.

It is conducted by Massey University for the Ministry of Health to look at whether current social marketing campaigns are achieving their objectives of better sexual health for gay and bisexual men. The findings will guide the development of future sexual health promotion campaigns.

More information about the study and the survey are at www.shore.ac.nz/shsurvey

Join the Changing Minds Advisory Board

Changing Minds Seeking Advisory Group Members

Changing Minds is currently seeking new members for its Advisory Group.

The group meets on a bi-monthly basis and works in the following areas:

  • Providing a collective voice for advocacy on issues of mutual concern
  • To represent the multiple consumer viewpoints within the Auckland region
  • Peer review of the work undertaken by Changing Minds
  • Contributing/inputting to research and reviews from a consumer perspective

For more information, and to find out how to become a member, click here

Click here to read the latest update from the crew over at Changing Minds.


Petition Seeks Better Mental Healthcare Options in NZ – SIGN TODAY

Petition to Provide Healthy Choices for People in Mental Healthcare in New Zealand 

A petition has been created to request The Minister of Health and the New Zealand Government take measures to improve access to psycho-social, holistic treatment options, evaluate the impact of current mental healthcare and reduce reliance on medication and compulsory treatment.


Why sign this petition? 
Because lasting recovery comes from life change and life change is not inspired by medication and restricted freedoms, it is inspired by support, psycho-social skills, cultural connections, nourishing lives and therapeutic interventions. Signing this petition will help  send a message to government and ministry that the current status of things is inadequate and needs to change.

What does the petition say? 
We, the undersigned support Annie Chapman in her cause, and hereby request
  1. An independent inquiry into the impact of current mental health treatment for people diagnosed with a mental illness, relative to:
    • Their human rights
    • Their dignity as citizens
    • Their physical health
    • The cost/benefit ratio of long-term high-dose psychiatric medication (taking into account the costs to the health system and to the individuals, of physical side-effects of high-dose medications).
2. We also request that District Health Boards are required to provide, to those diagnosed with mental illness, greater access to health-promoting psycho-social, holistic (mind/body) and culturally diverse treatment options, and aligning with options that research has proven successful here in NZ and other countries in

    • Improving long-term recovery outcomes
    • Reducing dependence on psychiatric medication
    • Reducing reliance on compulsory treatment orders

Mental Notes Screening and Big reTHiNK Hikoi Meeting: Glenfield 17 Feb 2013

Meet Annie Chapman and view the Mental Notes documentary on Sunday 17th Feb, Auckland as part of her One Woman Walking: Hikoi for a Big reTHiNK of Mental Healthcare Choices. 

  • WHEN: Sunday 17th February 2013 2pm to 4.30pm (please be there by 1.45pm)
  • WHERE: Connect SR, 215 Wairau Rd Glenfield


  • 2.00pm – Screening of the NZ Documentary “Mental Notes” followed by questions with the filmmaker Jim Marbrook.
  • 3.30pm – Afternoon tea
  • 3.45pm – Annie Chapman – will talk about her hikoi and the insights of her journey so far.

COST: Suggested koha of $5.00.

All funds raised will go to support Annie’s walk. Any extra funds will be donated to the Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ

BOOKINGS: email info@hearingvoices.org.nz or tel Adrienne 027265 0266

Please let do RSVP if you are attending as spaces are limited.


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