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Category Archives: Community Participation

Opportunities to participate in your community.

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.

Toi Ora ‘Outsider Art’ Exhibition

Mark your calendars for Toi Ora’s Outsider Art exhibition opening on Tuesday 10 March 2015.

Toi Ora Live Art Trust is a unique shared creative space in the heart of Auckland city where people can find support for their mental health and well-being.  Toi Ora Live Art Trust provides an array of visual arts, 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.

Studio space is available for people wishing to work on individual or collaborative projects. A range of art materials and resources are available. Members are able to explore their creative ideas and potential in this supported environment.

If you would like to know more about Toi Ora click here.

If you would like to see our artists and their work click here.

The ‘Outsider Art’ exhibition will feature art from outside the boundaries of official culture. It will run from 10th March to 30 April at Toi Ora Gallery, 6 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn.

Contact: Faye: faye@toiora.org.nz; or Erwin: erwin@toiora.org.nz
Phone: 09 360 4171

DRIVE Update

DRIVE have provided us with this special update.
For more information contact hello@drivedirection.org.nz.

Round the Bays: Free sponsored Places!
DRIVE are pleased to announce that CHAMP is supporting sponsored places for those who would like to run Round the Bays on Sunday 8 March. Registration is paid, support is offered for getting Counties Manukau consumers to and from the event and there will be a BBQ afterward. Please email hello@drivedirection.org.nz for more information and to register your interest.

Expressions of Interest: Integrated Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Group
Due Thursday 26 February. Great opportunity for committed Counties Manukau consumers! The purpose of this request for ‘Expressions of Interest’ is to identify representatives from the health and community sectors in Counties Manukau who are interested in taking on an active leadership role in the strategic direction of the ‘whole of system’ transformation agenda for mental health and addictions. For further details and to apply click here

Job Advertisement: Consumer Educator for the Mental Health & Addictions Education Team.
Counties Manukau Health is seeking a people-focussed individual with lived experience as a consumer of Mental Health services. You will demonstrate a commitment to improving service users experience thru professional development of the Counties Manukau Health workforce and actively contributing to the delivery of Safe Practice and Effective Communication training for all Mental Health & Addiction staff. Click here for the full advertisement

Fill your diaries with DRIVE Hui dates:
– April Friday 10
– June Friday 12th
– August Friday 14th
– October Friday 9th
– December Friday 11th
These will be held at Pacific Business Trust from 10.45am to 2.30pm.
RSVP for April by emailing hello@drivedirection.org.nz

DRIVE Consumer Direction Counties Manukau, PO Box 97453, Manukau 2241

Te Pou: Peer support competencies ‘sandstone to sharpen practice on’

The following is a press release from Te Pou, from their website:

The resource Competencies for the mental health and addiction service user, consumer and peer workforce were launched on November 11 at Te Pou in Auckland.

Dr John Crawshaw, director of mental health, gave an opening address to the mental health and addiction sector people from across the North Island. He acknowledged the pivotal role the service user, consumer and peer workforce has in informing service development and working alongside clinical services, supporting people to self manage and drive their own recovery.

Dr Crawshaw was followed by two peer support workers who spoke about their experience and what peer work meant for them. Elton Hakopa, addiction peer support worker from the drug court, gave a stirring and entertaining outline of his experiences. Elton gave the quote of the day, or even the year when he said “these competencies are the sandstone I will sharpen my practice on”.

Ahmad Al-Ali, mental health peer worker from Mind and Body, also entertained the crowd with his self-deprecating wit and story of courage. Both exemplified the state of gratitude they were in to be able to use their powerful experiences to support other people’s self-determination and wellbeing.

Robyn Shearer, Te Pou chief executive, talked about the power of people from across mental health and addiction co-designing and co-developing the competencies.

Two documents created to support the competency framework were also launched: The Service user, consumer and peer workforce guide for managers and employers and the Service user, consumer and peer workforce guide for planners and funders. These are available to download alongside the competencies. These documents provide information and sound direction for people managing and employing peer workforce members and for planners and funders investing in this exciting growth area in the mental health and addiction workforce.

To contact Te Pou or for further information:

http://www.tepou.co.nz/

Email: info@tepou.co.nz

Te Pou phone numbers online here.

Disability Rights New Zealand Law and Legislation | Auckland 12 Dec 2014 and 28 Jan 2015

CCS Disability Action has an exciting opportunity for Disabled people or their family/whanau.

They are looking for people with disabilities who are emerging leaders who want to strengthen their leadership skills. They want people who want to strengthen their knowledge of their rights. These workshops are being run by Auckland Disability Law and are being hosted by CCS Disability Action. There are two half-day workshops, and they both cover different material, so it would be great if people who register could come to both. The morning workshop is open to disabled people or family members of disabled people, however ADL have kindly given up their time to facilitate afternoon sessions for professionals and any other community groups who would like to attend.

People who require support during the morning sessions are welcome to bring their support workers.

Workshop dates are

  • Friday 12 December 2014 – 9.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 28 January 2015 – 9.30am – 12.30pm

Please Register by Friday 28 November 2014

For more information contact:

Kylie Elsbury-Dawson, Resource and Support Coordinator

CCS Disability Action, Northern Region

www.northern.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz

DRIVE Update: Christmas Special Hui & Notices

DRIVE announces the final hui date for the year, featuring guest musician Sam RB and a chance for you to perform.

Date: Thursday 18 December
Time: 10.45 for an 11am start
Place: Pacific Business Trust, 733 Great South Road, Papatoetoe

RSVP’s are essential as lunch will be supplied. DRIVE may not be able to cater for all needs, but please get in touch if you have any dietary requirements.

The October Hui was a productive day of brainstorming what was important to consumers, and what they wanted from services. Drive hopes to give you further feedback about this soon. They also have a list of events that are happening in the next couple of weeks that may be of interest. These include several art events, training opportunities and some chances for you to use your experiences to give some feedback around parenting and mental illness, and the Auckland Council psychoactive substances policy.

Contact DRIVE via:

Email: sheree.veysey@connectsr.org.nz

Mailing address: DRIVE Network, PO Box 102 149, North Shore Mail Centre, Auckland, 0745, New Zealand

AUT and Changing Minds: Quality of Life Issues During Mental Health Recovery

AUT and Changing Minds are interested in hearing what people think and feel about Quality of Life and mental health recovery.

AUT and Changing Minds are seeking interested people with lived experience of mental health recovery to take part in a focus group and some exercises to help answer this question.

Answers will help them to identify the most important life issues for people living with and recovering from mental illness.

Feel free to pass on this invitation to others who could also be interested in participating. A voucher for your time and refreshments will be provided. Thank you!

For further information or if you would like to participate, please contact Margaret, so she can arrange a suitable time to meet. Email or text on:

margaret@changingminds.org.nz

Phone: 021 2177 377

http://changingminds.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 Art Exhibition | Wellington 6-12 October

Kites Trust are celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week (6th – 12th October) in Wellington with an exhibition of works that focus on this year’s theme; ‘Keep Learning’. Come to the opening at Vincents Gallery on Tuesday October 7th between 4pm and 6pm or drop in during business hours any day until Sunday the 12th. All welcome!

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Workshops for Mental Health Awareness Week | Auckland

For the first time, Mental Health Awareness Week (October 6-12) is featuring workshops to encourage the community to Keep Learning.

From raw food cooking, easy entertaining, terrarium making, printmaking, drawing and spoken word workshops, to a presentation on the Hauora community garden project and a film about food production and seed saving, there’s sure to be something that will take your fancy.

These Auckland-based workshops are being held by the Mental Health Foundation of NZ in conjunction with Nature’s Nutrition, New Zealand Woman’s Weekly, Studio One, Toi Ora Live Art Trust, Lot23, Hauora Garden Project and Nga Taonga Sound and Vision.

There are a range of workshops for both adults and children – perfect for the school holidays.

Any questions or enquiries, email joanne@mentalhealth.org.nz

Click here to find out more about the Auckland workshops. 

Visit the Nationwide Calendar of Events here.