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Help Keep a Survivor in 1st Place

Stand Tall needs your support to keep it at No 1 in Olympic competition

With only three days of voting left, Sam RB’s song Stand Tall is in first place in the NZ Olympic Song Writing Competition. For it to stay in first place and become the NZ Olympic Anthem for the London Olympics she needs your votes, every day before voting closes this Saturday March 31st at 5pm.

Vote here and follow Stand Tall’s progress.
Read more about Stand Tall.

Stand Tall with NZ Sign Language

Good luck Sam! It’s a fabulous song.

In Touch e-Journal Summer 2012

The latest issue of In Touch from The Mental Health Foundation of NZ is out now. Read about what has been happening at The Foundation over summer and what is on the upcoming horizons.

http://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/page/416-in-touch

Men & LGBT People Needed to Share Stories of Hope

The Butterfly Diaries is a creative book project that will share true stories of recovery from suicide, as told by established New Zealand writers.

Engage Aotearoa have teamed up with poet Michelle Bolton to gather ten personal stories of recovery and ten writers to tell their stories in creative ways.

Already six female and two male personal story-tellers have signed up for the project and begun their interviews to gather information for their writers. Personal story-tellers range in age from 28 – 62 years old and each one of them is a true example of how human beings can bring themselves out of a place of hopelessness, into a place of hope. Each person has their own strategies to share and The Butterfly Diaries team can already tell that they have a rich resource for the diverse needs of the community waiting to come out.

With so many personal story-tellers already signed up and in the interests of creating a balanced resource, the team has decided to reserve the last two personal story-teller spots for men or LGBT people who have recovered from feeling suicidal. Suicide is really common among these two groups and it would be really useful to have a variety of stories for them in this resource.

If that sounds like you or someone you know, visit The Butterfly Diaries webpage and get in touch with the team. 

The hunt is still on for NZ writers to help tell these stories in creative, entertaining ways – more information for writers can also be found online here!

Updated Community Resources Directory

The latest updates to The Community Resources Directory are now live on the Engage Aotearoa website for general browsing or sharing.

Our Information Manager has just added 5 pages worth of community resources – and we are pleased to announce that we have begun including services from around the country. The services remain predominantly Auckland-based or National offices, but we are on our way. We have added a new nation-wide Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse help section as well.

You’ll also notice we’ve got a shiny new, colour portal button too.

Happy New Year from us here at Engage Aotearoa to everyone out there.

Wishing you metaphorical blue skies for 2012.

New Suicide Prevention Project: The Butterfly Diaries

Mental-Health Service-User Releases New Album!

Johnny Matteson to launch new album at The Shared Vision Recovery Conference on the 24th of November

Read the full story on the Mental Health Foundation of NZ’s website.

http://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/page/882-news

 

 

September-October 2011 Issue of Chatters

The September-October issue of Chatters is out from the crew at Crossroads Clubhouse. This bi-monthly newsletter is packed full of information and opinions. Turn to page 6 for a letter to the editor from our very own service director, Miriam Larsen-Barr, about where Engage Aotearoa got its name.

Click to open the September-October 2011 Issue of Chatters

Major Changes Announced at RCNet

Connect Newslitt | Special Edition

This is a copy of the September 30th 2011 Special Edition from Regional Consumer Network. Read on for three exciting job opportunities.

Contents                                     

  • New Directions
  • Advertisements for Network Positions

 Kia ora, and welcome to the Connect Newslitt

 Phone 09 623 1762

office@rcnet.co.nz

This is a special edition of the Newslitt designed to inform people regarding some valuable changes to the Regional Consumer Network and to let you know how you can be involved.

The Regional Consumer Network service provides information on mental health to the general public including people who experience mental health issues. The Network also provides opportunities for people meet up, network and exchange information and share ideas. It represents the views of people who use the services at forums and meetings where decisions are made about mental health and addiction services. The Network also provides a resource room with a library for people to use. These are the main purposes of the Network though there are other smaller tasks undertaken by the Network staff.

The Regional Consumer Network is now entering a new phase of its development. The environment is one of funding reviews, efficiency demands, calls for collaborations and back-office function-sharing, and working smarter with less.

With this in mind, the Board of the Council for Mental Well-Being has responded to the challenges and its own mission to provide the best quality service for its members by restructuring itself to be a more responsive and technologically advanced information and community-linked collective advocacy and leadership service.

To do this, some big changes are needed. Some of these you will hear about as they are put in place. All changes are designed to develop a better service that responds to its members and the expectation to provide more evidence that the service is a valuable investment of tax-payers money. These include:

  • providing a more technological service through its upgraded website
  • respond to feedback from its members through the Satisfaction Survey
  • The Trust Board have identified a new way forward for the Network that will ensure the Network is more responsive and provides the right information, to the right person/people and at the right time

The new strategic plan and vision will be available on the website shortly and your feedback will be welcomed. The Board have contracted the services of a business development consultant to explore these new directions.

The most significant change recently has been to disestablish the current Network positions. New contract positions and roles are needed to move in the strategic new direction and build on the great work the Network staff and members have achieved. The Board believes the new positions are necessary to drive the new direction, and take the Network into the current and future changing environment in the mental health and addictions sector. This means that the current staff roles have to come to an end and new positions have been developed to meet this need.

Our sincere thanks and appreciation goes to Gary, Fleur and Miles for the work that they have done over recent years. They have made a valuable contribution to the service ensuring that the Network has maintained a good regional perspective and profile, working hard to produce the Newslitt and holding the forums and events. Gary, Fleur and Miles have all worked hard on building relationships within the sector and the work they have done has paved the way for new ideas and new ways of doing things.

In the mean time you can still contact Fleur and Claire at the Network on 623 1762 for all Network requirements.

If you would like to speak to the Chairperson of the Council for Mental Well-Being Trust contact Dean Manley Ph 021 529 277.

The advertisements for the new positions at the Network are included in this Newslitt and everyone is entitled to apply for these positions.

Project Manager – Regional Consumer Network

The Regional Consumer Network – Auckland’s key Network for mental health service users, is seeking a skilled Project Manager for a 3 month fixed term agreement. Recent changes in the organisation have resulted in the need to focus on achieving key strategies over the next few months. A key priority will be ensuring the organisation is well placed to secure future funding.

Our ideal candidate will be an experienced leader of projects and demonstrate the ability to organise people, time, and resources to achieve strategic goals. As this is a membership organisation, a willingness and commitment to engaging with members is vital.

Ideally the applicant will also be able demonstrate business development experience and act on business opportunities which arise during the course of this project.

The role also requires the day to day leadership of the project team. An understanding of and appreciation for the use of IT in communications is highly desirable. Skills in all aspects of Microsoft office are required, along with good communication skills in person and in writing. A drivers licence is essential

The person we seek is also able to demonstrate an understanding of and affinity with lived experience of mental illness. Service delivery in this organisation honours the Treaty of Waitangi and working in partnership with Maori.

This is a full-time position. Please forward your CV and a covering letter, including which position you are applying for to: edit@activeworklife.com Ph 021 0327223 by 17th Oct, 2011 

Communications Developer – Regional Consumer Network

The Regional Consumer Network – Auckland’s key Network for mental health service users, is seeking a skilled Communications Developer for a 3 month fixed term agreement. Recent changes in the organisation have resulted in the need to focus on achieving key strategies over the next few months.

Supporting the Project Manager, the Communications Developer is accountable for connecting with members in meaningful and measurable ways to ensure that their views and needs are understood and are being met. This role develops effective and efficient methods for interacting with members using technology such as social media, the website, email and other methods such as forums.

This role requires someone with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to network with people effectively. Self motivation and the ability to complete tasks unsupervised will be vital. The successful applicant will assist in developing plans and projects to achieve networking goals. An understanding of data gathering and analysis would be useful.

A drivers licence is essential, as is capable Microsoft Office computer skills.

The person we seek is also able to demonstrate an understanding of and affinity with lived experience of mental illness. Service delivery in this organisation honours the Treaty of Waitangi and working in partnership with Maori.

This is a 32hr (.8) position.  Please forward your CV and a covering letter, including which position you are applying for to:  edit@activeworklife.com Ph 021 0327223 by 17th Oct, 2011 

Website/Database Developer

The Regional Consumer Network – Auckland’s key Network for mental health service users, is seeking a skilled Website/Database Developer for a 3 month fixed term agreement. Recent changes in the organisation have resulted in the need to focus on achieving key strategies over the next few months.

Supporting the Project Manager, the Website/Database Developer is accountable for ensuring that the RCN website and database are developed, maintained and secured in a manner which best meets member needs.  The Developer will be asked to develop a specific project plan for the website and the database. The applicant will need to be able to demonstrate that they have experience in creating and managing websites and databases using appropriate technology in a professional and standard manner, which enables ease of access and security.

The Developer will also be able to document their work clearly and report regularly on progress. The ability to work and communicate effectively with a small, dedicated team will be critical. A drivers licence is essential.

The person we seek is also able to demonstrate an understanding of and affinity with lived experience of mental illness. Service delivery in this organisation honours the Treaty of Waitangi and working in partnership with Maori.

This is a 32hr (.8) position. Please forward your CV and a covering letter, including which position you are applying for to: edit@activeworklife.com Ph 021 0327223 by 17th Oct, 2011

Chatters Newsletter

Chatters is the in-house magazine for Crossroads Clubhouse. They release this Bi-monthly and the articles reflect the experiences of our community as well as the thoughts/stories/poetry of their members.

Hosted here.

Crossroads Clubhouse is an excellent service-user led support option. Find out more in The Community Resources Directory.

May-June Issue of ‘Chatters’ is Out!

Follow the link below to read the May-June issue of Chatters – the latest newsletter from Crossroads Clubhouse. We love the work they do there.

Open Chatters Here