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A whole website of personal stories

We recently discovered Our Mental Story, a website dedicated to sharing the stories of people with lived experience of mental-health difficulties. We think it’s well worth a look. You won’t find stories categorised by diagnostic labels here though. Expect a list of titles like “I was crafty with my trouble making”, managing to save my ten sick days a year is an annual challenge”, “Have you ever experienced that deep tight feeling of not being able to breathe” and “everyone wants to fix me with a quick solution.” The site was created by Charlotte-Rose Ruddell and Liv Young began in 2016.

Find more here… 

www.ourmentalstory.com/

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.

Have You Seen the Target Zero Documentary Yet? Watch Online

A very special documentary aired on Maori Television on the 15th of June. Target Zero highlights the need for suicide prevention strategies in NZ, Key to Life Charitable Trust‘s grassroots work across NZ, what gets people through and the solutions whanau and youth themselves are enacting in their schools and towns. IMG_0168

 

Engage Aotearoa would like to congratulate Mike King, Jo Methven, Tai Tupou and the rest of the Key to Life team on  the messages they have brought together in Target Zero. This is an inspiring example of what can come about when genuine people, with genuine passion, collaborate with their communities to fill community needs.

Watch Target Zero online here and share it on social media.

These are the kinds of ideas we need to be spreading.

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

Mind and Body Consultants: upcoming workshops

Mind and Body is running some of its most popular workshops across the country, and they thought your networks may be interested in these upcoming professional development opportunities in Auckland, Christchurch, Raumati, Hamilton and New Plymouth.

The interactive ‘reTHiNK Madness’ one-day workshop is useful for anyone wanting to gain a broader, destigmatised, understanding of mental ‘illness’. Previous attendees have come from a variety of industries including film, manufacturing, health, professional services, sports, retail, and the arts, and been family/whanau, colleagues, friends and people with personal experience of mental ‘illness’. This workshop sold-out within 3 days of promoting it last time so please don’t wait to book.

The ‘Introduction to Peer Support’ two-day workshop is popular with people who have lived experience of mental ‘illness’ and/or addictions and recovery, who are interested in learning about peer support. Peer support involves using your own experience of mental health challenges and recovery positively, to walk alongside others who are struggling with their mental health. This workshop gives participants a good overview of the topics and subjects covered in the Certificate of Peer Support (Mental Health) NZQA level 4 should you wish to further your studies.

Tickets for these events can be booked via Eventfinda by clicking on this link and selecting the workshop you are interested in.

The full Mind and Body training calendar for 2015 is now available on their website.

Nāku noa, nā
Taimi Allan – Communications – Mental Health Promotion Lead
Mind and Body Consultants
Ph: (649) 630 5909
Mob: 0224 TAIMI A (82464 2)
Fax: (649) 630 5944
www.mindandbody.co.nz
www.rethink.org.nz

Call for abstracts: 2015 Service User Academia Symposium

“Creating Connections & Building Bridges Together One Step Closer” will take place on the 30th of November and the 1st of December 2015 in Auckland.

Presentations will be about any and all aspects of service users involved in mental health education and research, but this year there will be a particular focus on hearing about co-produced work – where service users and others are working as equal partners in all aspects of a mental health research project or teaching programme.

Abstracts are welcome from service users holding academic, education or professional development positions or aspiring to do so, and those (usually non-service users) who promote, support and advocate for these roles in academia and service settings. To submit an abstract please complete the attached form and send to: Dr Sarah Gordon (sarah.e.gordon@otago.ac.nz) by June 12th, 2015.

For further information please contact:
Dr Sarah Gordon, Service User Academic, Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, Wellington, PO Box 7343, Wellington, New Zealand,
ph. 0064 7 8235025/0064 21 134 6816

New Poetry Book Charts Trauma Recovery Journey

Engage Aotearoa’s service director can most often be found sharing other people’s recovery stories and experiences. But in her spare time she is a poet, and writing under her maiden name, Miriam Barr, she recently had her first major collection of poetry published by Steele Roberts Aotearoa, one of New Zealand’s leading publishers of home-grown poetry.

Bullet-hole-riddle-FRONTcoverThe book features cover art by Elke Finkenauer and interior art from Andrew Blythe‘s untitled ‘No’ series. The back-cover reads, “Bullet Hole Riddle is a three-part narrative sequence charting one person’s journey to make sense of an unwanted history. Framing personal experience as a series of collective acts, Miriam Barr’s first major collection of poetry tells a story about the human psyche and the spaces between us.”

Those familiar with Engage Aotearoa will know what Miriam means when she comments on the Engage Facebook page, “I guess this [Bullet Hole Riddle] is kinda like my Butterfly Diaries story in a way. In poetry form.”

An Auckland Women’s Centre article by Sabrina Muck goes on to say, “Tied into the overall message of the book, it is worth noting its dedication, which tells us this is for the untold stories. Speaking with Miriam in the week following the announcement of the Roastbusters outcome, she felt this was particularly relevant in light of the young women’s experiences in that case, and the voices of too many survivors which continue to go unheard. Steele Roberts is to be commended for supporting this book on its journey and bringing Miriam’s voice into the public sphere.”

The CMHRT Board of Trustees and the volunteer team at Engage Aotearoa would like to congratulate Miriam for her poetic achievement and wish her all the best for Bullet Hole Riddle’s journey into the world.

Bullet Hole Riddle can be ordered online at www.steeleroberts.co.nz or from your local bookseller. Copies are available to borrow at Auckland City Libraries and the Auckland Women’s Centre Library. Check out reader reviews and share your own at GoodReads.com. Find out more about the book at www.miriambarr.com/bulletholeriddle.

Exhibition at Studio One Toi Tu explores Mindfulness | Auckland 26 Nov – 18 Dec 2014

A new exhibition opens this week on Ponsonby Road with relevance to mental well-being and creative thinking.

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Opens Wednesday 26 November, 5-7 PM

Studio One Toi Tu (Formerly Art Station)
1 Ponsonby Road, Auckland
Exhibition runs until December 18th.

To quote the artists’ statement: “The concept of Mindfulness, which is rooted in Buddhism, is the cornerstone of this exhibition by photographic artist Faye Norman and poet Miriam Barr. In contemporary society Mindfulness has been expanded into psychotherapy, and as an everyday tool for people to apply to deal with issues such as stress. Now presents works that are the result of collaborative investigations by the two artists involving the integration of mindfulness and creative process.”

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Gallery Opening Hours :

Mon – Thu 9am – 7pm
Fri 9am – 5pm
Sat 9am – 4pm
Sun Closed

Gallery Contact:

studioone@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
09 376 3221
www.studioone.org.nz
facebook.com/studioonetoitu

Four Articles from the APA Monitor

The following content is from the Monitor digital newsletter. The Monitor is the magazine of the American Psychological Association, which they describe as “a must-read for psychology educators, scientists and practitioners.”

Born Bashful

Psychologists have new insights into the causes and effects of childhood shyness.

Unlocking the Emotions of Cancer

A new mandate requires cancer centers to screen oncology patients for distress.

Double Whammy Discrimination

Health-care providers’ biases and misunderstandings are keeping some older LGBT patients from getting the care they need. Psychologists are working to change that.

Suicide and Intimate Partner Violence

A US federal initiative aims to bring experts from the two fields closer together in an effort to save lives.

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