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Reprints of popular Mental Health Commision resources now available

Due to popular demand, new versions of “Oranga Ngākau – Getting the most out of Mental Health and Addiction Services: A recovery resource for service users” and “When someone you care about has a mental health or addiction issue” are available in hard copy or by download.

“Oranga Ngākau” is easy to understand and provides valuable information about what to expect from treatment in mental health and addiction services. This includes a glossary of terms used during care, as well as describing different possible scenarios when using these services for the first time.

“When someone you care about has a mental health or addiction issue” is a resource for those who are supporting others. Read about the best ways for family, whānau and friends to help people close to them who are in care, as well as how to find support for themselves, should they need it.

Contact:
Kim Higginson, Information Officer, Mental Health Foundation
info@mentalhealth.org.nz

Changing Minds panel: Virtues or Vices – The Social Constructs of Addiction

Changing Minds is the Auckland Regional Consumer Network for mental health and addictions.  They support self-determination and strive to work innovatively to encourage positive social change following a mission statement: “Leading brave conversations to redefine mental health and addictions in Aotearoa”.

Here are some of the issues and concepts which will be the focus of their upcoming panel discussion: how society contributes to the development of addictions; who and what defines an addiction; effective approaches to addressing addictions, community led versus ‘top down’ approaches; the legal implications of addiction; and the question “Can there be a ‘positive addiction’?”

Changing Minds is excited to announce their panelists:
Catherine Healy: CEO Prostitutes Collective
Peter Adams: Professor, University of Auckland
Alexander Stevens: Counsellor, social worker, lecturer, smokefree clinician
Brody Runga: Consumer Advisor Odyssey House
CADS: TBC
Facilitated by James King.

Where and when:
4th June 2015
7.00pm – 9.00 (the discussion will begin 7pm sharp); nibbles available prior and post discussion.
Jubilee Hall; 545 Parnell Road,  Parnell, Akld 1052
RSVP: margaret@changingminds.org.nz ; 09 623 1762 (places are limited so prompt reservations are suggested)

Contact for enquiries:
Ainslie Gee
Manager
PH: 09 623 1763 // 022 697 4884
PO Box 10256, Dominion Rd, 1446
www.changingminds.org.nz

Mental Health Foundation: A to Z of Mental Health

Have you seen the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand’s new A‒Z of mental health conditions? From anxiety to suicidal feelings, they have compiled the best-quality information about mental health conditions available in New Zealand so you have all the information you need to make informed decisions about your mental health.

No one should have to go through a mental health problem alone. They believe the information in the A‒Z will help remove some of the fear and confusion that can accompany a diagnosis of mental illness, allowing individuals, families and whānau some peace of mind so they can move forward together.

Each page contains information about symptoms, causes and treatment options, and addresses some of the common myths associated with that condition. You will also find links to support groups, brochures with further information, useful links, and tips for looking after yourself. It really is a fantastic resource.

They’re still in the process of adding different conditions to the list, so check back frequently for updates. If you have any further questions, you can contact one of their fantastic information officers via the Live Chat option on their website or by emailing info@mentalhealth.org.nz

Contact: Sophia Graham, senior communications officer at the Mental Health Foundation

Exclusive two hour role play workshop with the team from Mind Over Manner

This is a specialist workshop designed for parents, family, tutors and significant others who are in close association with those teenagers who think and learn differently.

There is a significant increase in the number of teens who suffer anxiety, who struggle to participate in large groups or to feel like they ‘belong’. This workshop will focus on cognitive and sensory processing differences and those who have high functioning aspergers (ASD). Using a skilled facilitator, hypothetical or real life scenarios are played out by experienced actors and then improved… shaped… altered using the input and suggestions from the audience. This will be an extremely valuable, entertaining and eye opening experience.

WHEN:  Tues April 21st  7.00 – 9.00 pm
WHERE: Pumphouse Theatre, Takapuna
HOW MUCH: $30 per head or part thereof (koha)
RSVP: to Sue Haldane ph 027 665 8084 (txt)
or sue@mindovermanner.co.nz

For more information please visit the website:
www.mindovermanner.co.nz

with thanks to
The Fledgling Trust
The Auckland Council

Synergia Report -Think Differently, Ministry of Social Development

Think Differently, led by the Ministry of Social Development, is a social change campaign that seeks to encourage and support a fundamental shift in attitudes and behaviours towards disabled people.

It works across community and national level activities to mobilise personal and community action, to change social attitudes and beliefs that lead to disabled people being excluded, and to increase people’s knowledge and understanding of disability and the benefits of inclusive communities. To support this work, Think Differently commissioned a review of the published and grey literature to understand the factors that cause disabled people to be socially excluded. The review is designed to inform the further development of the Think Differently Campaign. This summary focuses on understanding social exclusion and its key drivers. The methods and a more detailed analysis of the key concepts are provided in the main body of this report.

 

 

Dr Gwyn Lewis: a modern understanding of arthritis

18th April University of Auckland, 10.00 – 11.00

Presenter Dr Gwyn Lewis:  Gwyn’s presentation will focus on a modern understanding of arthritis related pain, avoiding pain pitfalls and future directions in the treatment of arthritis related pain.

Associate Professor Gwyn Lewis is a neurophysiologist based at AUT University’s North Shore Campus in Auckland. She obtained a PhD in motor control from the University of Auckland in 2003. Gwyn had an extended post-doctoral experience undertaking research in motor control, rehabilitation and neurophysiology at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She currently spends half her time teaching in AUT’s physiotherapy programme and the other half undertaking pain research in the Health and Rehabilitation Research Institute. Most of her research is in pain neurophysiology and how it relates to persistent pain development, pain modulation pathways, and the cognitive factors and psychosocial influences affecting pain.

Contact: Carol Lovatt, Northern Regional Administrator, Arthritis New Zealand, Kaiponapona Aotearoa
Ph: 09 523 8900
Email:  carol.lovatt@arthritis.org.nz
Support the person in your family who has arthritis.
Phone 0900 33320 OR Donate via our website www.arthritis.org.nz

Express Yourself, De-Stress Yourself

creative workshops for 17-25 (ish) year olds, Term 2 2015

This group has had an awesome start to the year in a new location – the Campbell Free Kindergarten building in Victoria Park. They have created land art, learned to drum, and are now exploring mindful photography. Along the way thay’ve grown some great connections and had heaps of fun together.

For next term, the group has highlighted some areas they are keen to explore further – dance/circus, craft and sculpture – so that’s what they’re scheduling, with plenty of space for people to choose their own areas of interest.

Please help us spread the word about these workshops to any young people in this age range who you think may benefit from the course. Details are below and on the attached flier:

When: Mondays 1-3 pm, 20 April-29 June (no class Anzac Day or Queen’s Birthday)
Where: Campbell Free Kindergarten, 203-271 Victoria Street West, Victoria Park, Auckland CBD
Cost: FREE
To register or for more info: contact Monica on 022 161 2329, monica@toiora.org.nz

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

Skylight 2015 PD Workshop Series

Skylight is excited about the topics they are offering through the 2015 PD workshop series –and they hope you will be too!

Below is the flyer for the first workshop “Conflict in families” being run in their training room on March 11th from 9.30am-12.30pm.

Flyer: TA – Conflict in families

LOCATION: Skylight, 2A Green Street, Wellington
COST: $80.00 Includes morning tea and handouts
EMAIL: pd@skylight-trust.org.nz or phone 0800 299 100 or 04 939 6767 for all queries

To register, go to the online registration site and create a login, then book the workshop/s you are interested in attending.

 

Also, if you are willing to forward this information to your wider networks and/or put the flyer on a notice board or in a newsletter, it would be appreciated.

Contact: Julie Richards
Skylight | Professional Development
2A Green Street | Newtown | Wellington 6021 | New Zealand
PO Box 7309 | Newtown | Wellington 6242 | New Zealand
+64 (0)4 939 6767 | Tel 0800 299 100 | DD +64 (0)4 909 7395 | Fax +64 (0)4 939 4759
www.skylight.org.nz | www.travellers.org.nz

New Zealand Schizophrenia Research Group: Research Awards Scheme

The New Zealand Schizophrenia Research Group has for many years been able offer research awards in an annual round.

In recent years this has been made possible by the Taranaki Schizophrenia Research Trust.
In 2014 there was no such round. However NZSRG is continuing with its research awards scheme, with another round early in 2015.
Two documents, one describing the nature of the research awards which NZSRG can offer, the other the application form  for these awards, are accessible on the NZSRG website (www.nzsrg.org.nz). The deadline is 23th March. Application forms should be sent to Deb Leslie at nzsrgenquiries@gmail.com

They hope to receive your applications soon. Please circulate this messages to others you think might be interested.