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Online Wellbeing Sessions from Changing Minds

During lock-down Auckland’s service-user network, Changing Minds, started sharing free peer-led support sessions online and this project has grown wings to make it easier for people to connect and take care of themselves during this extra stressful time.

Visit www.wellbeingsessions.nz to select from a menu of options from mindful journaling, fitness sessions, poetry readings, a drop-in support group, a supporting families group and more.

UK Doctors trial Arts Prescriptions

We stumbled upon this video from the BBC on Facebook earlier in the week. GP doctors referred people to “link workers” whose job was to know about all the extracurricular activities in the neighbourhood and link people in with them. Anything from gardening to painting groups. Why? Because most of the people presenting to their GP with mild to moderate mental health difficulties also had social difficulties. Well worth a watch. We wish this existed in NZ.

Click here to watch Dr. Daisy Fancourt talk about Arts on Prescription

 

Canterbury Mental Health Directory and Guide

Engage Aotearoa recommends the Canterbury Mental Health Directory as a great place to start if you would like to seek help with an emotional, relational or mental health issue. It lists a number of support groups in Canterbury.

If you are asking yourself questions like these: “What sort of help do I need? Who should I go to? What will it cost? How private will it be? Will I have to wait?” this directory attempts to answer these and other questions in understandable language and with your best interests at heart. The directory can be found here. (Note from Engage: You could also try out our Community Resources Directory, which has some South Island entries.)

The website also features a superb guide for starting out seeking help, found here.

Anne Helm on Take it From Us radio show: 13 May 2014

Mental health champion Anne Helm is tomorrow’s guest on the Take It From Us radio show.

Anne, who has won an award for her contribution to NZ mental health services, works to highlight psychiatric abuse and advocate for change in mental health services, especially the elimination of seclusion.

Listen live on 104.6FM at 12.30pm Tuesday 13 May 2014, or see www.planetaudio.org.nz

If you miss the live broadcast, listen for the next seven days at www.planetaudio.org.nz/takeitfromus

Connect with the Take It From Us Facebook page @ Facebook.com; type ‘take it from us’ in the search box

Email takeitfromus@mail.com for any feedback and comment/suggestions for shows.

Chatters from Crossroads Clubhouse

The latest issue of Chatters is out from Crossroads Clubhouse, a community space for people with experience of mental-health problems, run by people with experience of mental-health problems.

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Arahura Charitable Trust: Crossroads Clubhouse
Crossroads Clubhouse is an opportunity centre. It provides adults who have had their lives disrupted by mental illness the chance to get back on track.

393 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn 1021
09-376 4267
http://www.arahura.org.nz/crossroads-clubhouse/‎

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)

Updated Online Resources Pack Now Available

The Online Resources Pack was given an overhaul last week and the latest update is now available on the Info Packs page of the Engage Aotearoa website.

Direct link: www.engagenz.co.nz/?page_id=116

What is the Online Resources Pack? 

The Online Resources Pack is an information pack, full of links to web-based resources for mental-health recovery. This includes resources for distraction and entertainment as well as mental-health resources. Roughly 50% of websites sharing information about mental health are funded by pharmaceutical companies and present a bio-medical view of mental health. The Online Resources Pack brings together independent forms of web-based information that share psycho-social and/or lived experience perspectives and tools. The Online Resources Pack is updated on a regular basis. The team tries to check content prior to inclusion, but it is impossible to check every part of every website. If you find something stigmatising in one of the links included in the Online Resources Pack, please get in touch. To contribute content or suggest an edit to the Online Resources Pack, email EngageAotearoa@gmail.com

What’s New in the 29 November ’13 Update?

  • Content is now divided into sub-sections so it is easier to find what you are looking for. 
    • Distraction/Entertainment/Inspiration
    • Information and Reading
    • Online Self-Help
    • Online Support Groups and Networks
    • Recovery Stories
  • Two new pages of links to explore, including new…
    • CBT resources
    • DBT resources
    • ACT resources
    • Recovery blogs by people with Bipolar Disorder
    • Recovery blogs by people with Borderline Personality Disorder
    • Suicide prevention information
    • International service-user initiatives
    • and more…

The Online Resources Pack is designed to be shared

  • Print a copy and leave it in a public place or give it to someone you know
  • Email the link to your networks
  • Share it on Facebook
  • Share it on your website

How to Share the Online Resources Pack on your Website 

Use the URL below to link to the Online Resources Pack from your own website. < http://www.engagenz.co.nz/?page_id=116 >

Using this URL ensures your link will never go out of date. It also allows Engage Aotearoa to track wider community use of the resource and ensures appropriate acknowledgements for the resource.

Care Kits for People Bereaved by Suicide | You Can Help Make it Happen

Earlier this year, Gemma Claire lost a friend to suicide. To cope, she did lots of reading about suicide and discovered that for every suicide, at least six people are affected by the death. As about ten people die by suicide per week in NZ, that is a minimum of 60 people bereaved through suicide (known as “suicide survivors”) per week. At least 3000 per year.

Gemma wants to create care kits to distribute to suicide survivors in NZ. She would do this through survivor support group, agencies and so on. She surveyed survivors in an online suicide survivor forum and collected ideas about what to include: Journal, pen, candle, matches, stress ball, drawing paper, felt tip pens, meditation CD, a book about suicide grief, a resource about supporting children through suicide grief, a list of places to go for support, information about dealing with the practicalities, a cosy blanket, tissues, energy drinks, and so on.

Gemma has a fundraising page called “Care Kits for People Bereaved by Suicide”
https://www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/carekits4suicidebereaved

Gemma will give updates via the Givealittle page through posts and photos about exactly how funds are used and how the care kits are assembled and distributed. Thank you for your generosity. Please spread the word about this project!

To contact Gemma, text / phone 021 0275 4738. 

Call for Evidence to Improve Physical Health of People Living with Mental-Health Problems

Take action for health equity: Working together to improve the physical health of people with a severe mental illness and/or addiction

Te Pou is working with Platform and its members on a collaborative project which aims to take action to improve the relatively poor physical health of people who have been diagnosed with a severe mental-health problem, including major depressive disorder, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia and/or addiction. Te Pou and Platform want to hear from organisations or individuals that have conducted evaluations or gathered evidence in the course of their work that will help to build a picture of what works to improve the physical health of people with mental-health problems.

To find out more about this project click here.

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 Engage Aotearoa 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.