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Taking part in the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry

The Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction has been established by the New Zealand Government in response to widespread concern about mental health and addiction services in the mental health sector and the broader community. It’s time to have your say about what works, what doesn’t work, and what else is needed. Submissions are due by 5pm, 5 June 2018.

Anyone can make a submission to the Inquiry. Service-users, family members, and mental-health professionals have especially valuable perspectives to share. There are a number of different ways you can make your voice count.

  • Fill out the Inquiry Panel’s consultation document. You can do this online or on a downloaded form. The consultation document is like a short survey that asks the following questions…
    1. What is currently working well? Why do you think it is working well? Who is it working well for?
    2. What isn’t working well at the moment? What mental health and addiction needs are not currently being met? Who isn’t receiving the support they need and why? What is not being done now that should be?
    3. What could be done better?
    4. From your point of view, what sort of society would be best for the mental health of all our people?
    5. Anything else you want to tell us? 
  • Write your own submission and email this to the Inquiry Panel. They will consider all submissions received. You can use the questions in the consultation document or not, the choice is yours.
  • You can also provide your submission over the phone by calling 0800 644 678 between 9:30am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday. Someone will be able to talk to you and write down your ideas about how to improve mental health and addiction in New Zealand.
  • Finally, you can attend a regional community meeting to share your ideas directly with the panel. You can complete their Expression of Interest form so they can keep in touch with you when they have updates to share.

Contact the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry

Website: www.mentalhealth.inquiry.govt.nz

Email: mentalhealth@inquiry.govt.nz

Phone:  0800 644 678

Transgender Awareness Week 2015: Nov 14-20

Transgender awareness week starts on November 14th and finishes up on November 20th, the ninth annual Trans Day of Remembrance.

Trans on Campus  from The University of Auckland, Rainbow Youth and GenderBridge (pdf), have teamed up to organised two Trans Awareness Week events in Auckland, including a one-day symposium, Transacademia.

Learn more for Transgender Awareness Week…

Inside Out

Rainbow Youth: Queer and Trans Info Pages

 

US Supreme Court Rules Same Sex Marriage a Constitutional Right

The US Supreme Court ruled on June 26th that marriage is a constitutional right that extends to couples of the same sex, effectively legalising same-sex marriage across the United States and making it unconstitutional for any State to ban same-sex marriage.

In his ruling, Justice Anthony Kennedy declared, “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

Read more here.

Towards Restraint Free Mental Health Practice

In case you missed it, Te Pou have launched a new resource called Towards restraint free mental health practice: Supporting the reduction and prevention of personal restraint in mental health inpatient settings. This resource is the latest in a suite of work from Te Pou that is aimed at reducing and preventing the use of seclusion and restraint in New Zealand mental-health services. According to the Te Pou website “Every mental health inpatient unit in New Zealand is engaged in some form of practice based activity that promotes least restrictive practice.” This latest resource is intended to assist services to put ‘least restrictive practices’ in place and reduce the use of seclusion and restraint.

Find out more and download the resource here

 

It’s Elder Abuse Awareness Week – New Zealand wide 15th – 22 June 2015

2015 commemorates 10 years of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day marked around the world on the 15th June. In New Zealand, this marks the start of an entire week dedicated to this important issue.

Age Concern will be holding events throughout New Zealand and speaking through the media to raise awareness of elder abuse and neglect during Elder Abuse Awareness Week.

When: 15th – 22nd June 2015
Where: Nationwide throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand
Find out more about Elder Abuse Awareness Week NZ 2015 on Age Concern’s website

Te Pou: Towards restraint-free mental health practice

Te Pou is pleased to launch Towards restraint free mental health practice: Supporting the reduction and prevention of personal restraint in mental health inpatient settings. This resource is the latest in a suite of work aimed at reducing and preventing the use of seclusion and restraint. Services can use this resource to plan and identify best practices that support a least restrictive approach to service delivery.

Contact:
Te Pou
Level 2, Building B, 8 Nugent Street, Grafton, Auckland 1023.
Telephone: +64 9 373 2125www.tepou.org.nz

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.

 

 

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