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Category Archives: Pasifika Communities

Mike King Korero Heads to Taranaki Region in September

Mike King and Tai Tupou are hitting the road again in September to encourage schools and communities to make it cool to korero about the tough stuff, so we all make it through.

  • 10 September, 1 pm, Cool to Korero, Francis Douglas College, New Plymouth
  • 10 September, 7:30 pm, Community Korero, War Memorial Hall, Stratford
  • 11 September, 7:30 pm, Community Korero, Waves Building, New Plymouth
  • 11 September, 12:30 am, Cool to Korero for Hawera High and Patea Area School, The Hub, Hawera
  • 12 September, 11:30 am, Combined Community Cool to Korero, Opunake College, Opunake

While the team at Key to Life are getting ready to hit the road, the team at Engage Aotearoa will be adding recovery resources from each of these towns to The Community Resources Directory, so they can be delivered to those who need them when the team hits the ground in each of their locations across Taranaki. If you know of any services in the Taranaki region you think others would find useful, email them in.

Impact of Welfare Reforms on People with Mental-Health Problems and Disabilities

Carmel Sepuloni, CEO of Vaka Tautua writes about the welfare reforms that came into effect on the 15th of July…

Welfare reforms and the impact on those living with mental health issues and/or disability

The truth is that some view the recently announced welfare reforms as the ‘kick in the butt’ that the unemployed need to get them actively looking for work. If only it were that simple. If only jobs were plentiful and barriers to employment didn’t exist.

I decided to look specifically at the changes in relation to those living with disability and / or with mental health issues – at the end of the day we at Vaka Tautua need to know how our Pacific clients are impacted by these changes.

When looking over the submissions to this bill there was no mistaking that there is strong support and appreciation for appropriate employment. No one denied the positive impact that appropriate employment can have on people’s physical, mental, emotional, social and financial wellbeing. There was general acceptance of the changes to the benefit titles – in fact some felt that this was a positive move, citing a negative stigma attached to previous titles. However there were some very real and serious concerns raised about the legislation.

Keep Reading on the Vaka Tautua website…

Hikoi for Better Mental-Healthcare Choices Builds Up to Petition Presentation at Parliament

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National Depression Initiative Update Issue 12

Issue 12 of the National Depression Initiative – NDI UPDATE ISSUE 12.

This issue is jam packed with lots of depression related activities happening across the country, as well as NDI specific, Pasifika radio adverts.

Please feel free to share this communication with friends, whanau/family, work colleagues and community groups.

If you would like your organisation, and the innovative work they are doing in the area of depression, profiled in an upcoming UPDATE newsletter, please email Kayte Goodward, Sector Relationship Manager at Lifeline.

Ph: +64 9 909 9216 | Mobile: +64 21 877 236

Email: kayteg@lifeline.org.nz

Pacifica Person’s Views on Mental-Health Recovery | Take It From Us Radio 14 May 2013

On Take It From Us on Tuesday the 14th, hear the views of a Pacific Islander ambassador for mental health recovery. Like Minds mental health promoter Keleni Talau’s journey through life has left a few scars but this week’s guest is exploring many options to cope. Listen to her story this Tuesday the 14th of May on PlanetFM104.6 at 12.30pm.

Listen live on 104.6FM at 12.30pm or online www.planetaudio.org.nz

OR if you missed the broadcast, listen for the next seven days @: www.planetaudio.org.nz/takeitfromus

Catch up on the last four shows online: www.likeminds.org.nz

And don’t forget the Facebook page @ Facebook.com and type ‘take it from us’ in the search box
Email: takeitfromus@mail.com for any feedback and comment/suggestions for shows.

One Woman Walking Hikoi Reaches Whanganui Monday 22 April 2013

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Universal Periodic Review: Do New Zealanders Have Their Human Rights Upheld?

The right to health, to justice, to work, to education, to be free from discrimination: these rights belong to all of us. New Zealand has signed international agreements to uphold these rights, but how well are we actually doing?

The Universal Periodic Review is an important opportunity for individuals, NGOs and civil society organisations to share their experience and views on New Zealand’s realisation of human rights for everyone. What people and communities say can influence future developments. It isn’t just about writing reports. Communities will be consulted on what’s important for them. UPR 13/14 is an opportunity to work with other like minded groups, and to lobby the Government to make voluntary commitments and/or accept recommendations made by the working group following the UPR 13/14 process.

The Commission is offering free workshops to support civil society in UPR 13/14. In addition there will be opportunities to engage in discussions with government officials in April/May and subsequently to comment on the draft New Zealand government report. The Commission would also welcome the opportunity to discuss key issues with community groups and individuals to feed into the UPR 13/14 process.

The workshop dates and times for 2013 are:

  • Auckland          26 March (1.30 – 4.30pm) Auckland Law School
  • Wellington        4 April (1.30-4.30)
  • Christchurch      11 April (1.30-4.30)
  • Dunedin           16 April (1.30-4.30)
  • Hamilton          7 May (1.30-4.30)
  • Invercargill      9 May (Time TBC)

Please contact Michael White on michaelw@hrc.co.nz if:

  • You wish to attend one of the Commission’s workshops;
  • Would like to receive further emails about how to be involved in the UPR process;
  • If you or your organization are hosting an event where the Commission could talk about UPR 13/14; or
  • You would like the Commission to assist with facilitating co-ordinated engagement from your sector.

In the meantime for more information on UPR 13/14 and how you can get involved see: http://www.hrc.co.nz/international-human-rights-new/faqs-for-upr-1314

The Commission looks forward to working with you around UPR 13/14 to ensure the full and active engagement of civil society organisations across the country, helping to garner actual positive changes on the ground.

Hikoi for reTHiNK of Mental-Healthcare Choices Arriving in Auckland

One Woman Walking: Hikoi for a Big reTHiNK of Mental Healthcare Choices 

Annie Chapman is on a hikoi across the length of the North Island to raise awareness about the need for better mental healthcare choices to be made available to service-users in New Zealand.

I have ceased to be surprised now by how almost everyone I talk to about why I am walking has a story to tell of friends or loved ones in need, utterly failed by the mental health system.” ~ Annie Chapman, 21 December 2012

Annie Chapman will be in Auckland from the 14th – 21st February 2013 (and in fact she may arrive a few days earlier than this).

So far the Auckland events in place are:

• Saturday morning, 16th Feb, from 10 am til 12 noon at Morra Hall, Waiheke.  Note: there has been a change of venue to allow for a more formal setting.  Instead of Ostend Market as originally planned, Annie Chapman will now be at Morra Hall, Oneroa, Waiheke
• A meeting on 15th February with colleagues of Brigitte Sistig re Yoga and Depression
• A second radio interview with “Take it from Us” (Feb 19)
• A screening/talk of Jim Marbrook’s film “Mental Notes” as a fund-raiser on the 17th of February  at Connect SR in Glenfield.

If you have any questions or suggestions of other good possible places to meet, speak or be interviewed by media, please contact Annie direct on 027 4272644 or Hikoiforhealth@gmail.com

Find out more on the official Facebook Page

Help spread the wordinvite your friends to the Facebook Event

Mental Health Commissioner Seeks Service-User and Whanau Feedback: Survey Online Now

The Mental Health Commission are running a service-user feedback survey, which can be found at:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3HCNGRQ

This survey is for consumers only, and is totally anonymous.  People who are family members or supporters of people using services are also able to complete the survey.

It will provide feedback to the Commissioner prior to their community meetings which begin in Auckland on the 15th of February.

If you can’t make it to the community meetings, this survey is your chance to make sure your experiences as a person using mental-health and addictions services are heard by our national policy-makers and funding bodies.

Recent Research Online

1 in 5 Kiwis Experienced Stress in the Past Year

The latest Roy Morgan survey shows that 628,000 – or one in five – New Zealanders over 14 have experienced stress in the past year

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10850085

The relationship between adult learning and wellbeing: evidence from the 1958 National Child Development Study

In terms of the contribution of lifelong learning to wellbeing and health-related outcomes, we find that there is evidence of statistically significant and robust effects of participation in lifelong learning.

www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/further-education-skills/docs/r/12-1241-relationship-adult-learning-and-wellbeing-evidence-1958.pdf

The cost of child health inequalities in Aotearoa New Zealand: A preliminary scoping study

This preliminary study suggests that health sector spending is skewed towards non-Maori children despite evidence of greater Māori need. Eliminating child health inequities, particularly in primary care access, could result in significant economic benefits for New Zealand.

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22640030

Metro-Auckland Pacific population health profile

The Pacific population health-profile presented in this report provides a “snapshot” of Pacific health in metro-Auckland. www.hiirc.org.nz/page/36556

Media Reporting of Global Health Issues and Events in New Zealand Daily Newspapers

Global health has received considerable attention over the past 20 years, with increased investment from some governments, nongovernment organisations and private philanthropists.

www.healthpromotion.org.au/journal/journal-downloads/article/1-hpja/435…

Risk Factors for Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome

Antipsychotic dose escalation as a trigger for Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS): literature review and case series report
Langan J, Martin D, Shajahan P, Smith DJ

BMC Psychiatry 2012, 12:214 (29 November 2012)
[Abstract] [Provisional PDF]