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Information and news about mental-health resources that can be found online.

Webinar Series: Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal II

Mad in America have pulled together a second series of webinars on psychiatric drug withdrawal with eight world leaders in the field.

  1. June 18, 2018: Robert Whitaker Town Hall
    Town Hall discussion on key issues from 3 perspectives: a psychiatrist, a psychologist and a person with lived experience in withdrawing.
  2. July 17, 2018: Joanna Moncrieff, MD
    The nature of psychiatric drugs, what we know and don’t know about what they do to the brain with repeated and long-term use and how these changes affect the experience of withdrawal; study on antidepressant withdrawal and antipsychotic withdrawal.
  3. August 21, 2018: Sandy Steingard, MD
    Working in a public health clinic: what are the barriers to providing clients with withdrawal information and support for those who want to taper from the medications? What has she learned since she implemented a withdrawal program six years ago?
  4. September 18, 2018: David Healy, MD and Johanna Ryan
    SSRIs and sexual dysfunction: A look at this adverse effect during SSRI use, and PSSD: sexual dysfunction that persists after withdrawal, and what this may signal regarding renormalization of serotonergic function.
  5. October 16, 2018: Sami Timimi, MD
    Withdrawal issues with children and adolescents, challenges and opportunities
  6. November 20, 2018: Swapnil Gupta, MD
    Deprescribing in the elderly and lessons learned
  7. December 11, 2018: Pesach Lichtenberg, MD
    Psychiatric drug withdrawal in Israel’s Soteria House programs
  8. January 15, 2019: Roger Mulder, MD
    Antidepressant withdrawal study: Results, protocols used, and lessons learned from it.

Times for the webinars will be 1:30-3 PM Eastern US; 10:30 AM-Noon Pacific. Because several of the presenters are internationally-based, there may be some slight time changes but MIA will announce them as soon as possible. The cost is USD$100

Find out more here: https://education.madinamerica.com/p/psychiatric-drug-withdrawal-ii

 

Word the Front Line gives Young People a Voice

Word the Front Line is a youth slam programme that sees young people at secondary schools across New Zealand competing for the title of slam champion. Mental health themes are popping up in many of the videos from this year’s heats and you can find them here on SAPC’s Youtube channel.

One of our favourites comes from “Emma” at Rangitoto College.

The Mindfulness Summit: free and online from 1-31 October 2015

The Mindfulness Summit is an ONLINE and FREE event running the entire month of October 2015. Melli O’Brien of MrsMindfulness.com has gathered over 30 of the world’s leading experts on meditation and mindfulness for a series of online interviews, practice sessions and presentations taking place for free from October 1 – 31, 2015. Register online and receive an email everyday with a link to watch. Each day, a new free interview or keynote presentation will be available on that day only. Keynote speakers include Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ruby Wax, Russ Harris and more.

Find out more and register to take part at themindfulnesssummit.com/

DAY 1  Professor Mark WilliamsAn Introduction To Mindfulness

DAY 2  Joseph GoldsteinPractical Guidance On Mindful Living & Overcoming Common Obstacles

DAY 3  Dan HarrisFrom Sceptic to Meditator. Dan Shares How He ‘Tamed The Voice In His Head’ & How You Can Too

DAY 4  Jono FisherMindful Masculinity, Conscious Capitalism and Kindness

DAY 5  Dr. Susan AlbersHow to Practice Mindful Eating

DAY 6  Tami SimonHow Does Mindfulness Relate To Spiritual Awakening? An Interview & Meditation

DAY 7  Dr. Rick HansonThe Neuroscience Of Mindfulness

DAY 8  Elisha GoldsteinHow To Integrate Mindfulness Into Everyday Life

DAY 9  Ruby Wax: How Mindfulness Can Transform Depression, Overcome Performance Anxiety & Create A ‘Sane New World’

DAY 10  Tara BrachHow To End ‘The Trance of Unworthiness’ & Move Through Fear

DAY 11  Shamash AlidinaPractical Tips on Becoming More Mindful (Submit Questions for Day 17 Today)

DAY 12 Sam HarrisWaking Up. A Powerful Talk About Spirituality Without Religion

DAY 13  Jack KornfieldIntegrating ‘Spiritual’ Life With Everyday Life

DAY 14  Vidyamala BurchMindfulness For Chronic Pain & Suffering

DAY 15  Professor Paul GilbertHow To Practice Mindful Compassion

DAY 16  Dr. Dan Siegel & Caroline WelchThe Effects of Technology + Mindfulness Business & Leadership

DAY 17  Question and Answer Day 1

DAY 18 & nbsp;Lori DescheneMindfulness With Technology & The Power of Authenticity

DAY 19  Dr. Russ HarrisHow To Observe Your Thoughts & Feelings Without Getting Caught Up

DAY 20  Arianna HuffingtonHow To Thrive In This Information Age

DAY 21  Timothea GoddardThe Insights & Realisations That Develop Through Mindfulness

DAY 22  Mirabai BushMindfulness In Business (Submit Questions for Day 30 Today)

DAY 23  Dr. Kristen RaceMindful Parenting

DAY 24  Dan GolemanWhy Focus Is The Hidden Driver Of Excellence

DAY 25  Katherine Weare – Teaching Mindfulness To Children

DAY 26  Michael ChaskalsonMindfulness For Peak Performance

DAY 27  Richard BurnettMindfulness In Schools

DAY 28  Mindfulness Apps, Tools & Tech Day

DAY 29  Dr. Judson BrewerMindfulness For Addiction

DAY 30  Question & Answer Day 2

DAY 31  Jon Kabat-Zinn: LIVESTREAM October 31st 5:00 PM EDT/ 2:00 PM PDT/ 8:00 AM 1st November AEDT

Engage Update: New Resource to Help Teachers Talk About Coping with their Classes

Engage Aotearoa is pleased to announce the launch of a new resource that has been long in the making. The Coping Posters Teaching Resource guides teachers to use The Coping Kete to engage students with the static image component of the Year 9 English curriculum, get them talking about how to cope with the rough parts of life and share coping information among the wider school community.

Taipa Area School Static image Comp 1st Place Engage Aotearoa

Winner: Taipa Area School Poster Competition 2014

This resource was created in collaboration with Ilana Hill. The Engage Aotearoa team met Ilana Hill in mid-2014 at a LifeHack Weekend in the Far North. She was then a Year 9 teacher at Taipa Area School who wanted to get her students talking about safe ways of coping with distress and get them excited about the Year 9 English curriculum. Over the following months we collaborated to create a set of guidelines that would allow her to safely explore coping with her students. Students would create posters to promote positive coping and The Coping Kete to their community, while they learned about static images. The top posters would be shared on the Engage Aotearoa website and the school’s newsletter where they could reach parents and other family members as well as the wider school body. Students were excited to create a poster that promoted an idea that might have an impact in the real world.  The winning posters were published in November 2014 and posted on social media.

The Coping Poster Teaching Resource includes Ilana Hill’s original teaching inquiry, guidelines for teachers that set out how to introduce the topic in the same way, poster guidelines for students, coping poster planning worksheets, a practice analysis worksheet and information sheets that define different static image elements set out in the worksheet. These align with the elements covered in the Year 9 curriculum.

Download The Coping Poster Teaching Resource here

Visit Engage Aotearoa’s Coping Resources page to find The Coping Kete and the Teaching Resource together in one place.

New Research Articles in Psychosis Journal

New articles available in Psychosis are online now on Taylor & Francis Online:

A qualitative study of refugees with psychotic symptoms
J.E. Rhodes, N.S. Parrett & O.J. Mason
DOI: 10.1080/17522439.2015.1045547

Does childhood bullying lead to the development of psychotic symptoms? A meta-analysis and review of prospective studies
Twylla Cunningham, Katrina Hoy & Ciaran Shannon
DOI: 10.1080/17522439.2015.1053969

Tales from the madhouse: an insider critique of psychiatric services
William Park
DOI: 10.1080/17522439.2015.1055784

Psychological approaches to understanding and treating auditory hallucinations: From theory to therapy
Lony Schiltz
DOI: 10.1080/17522439.2015.1049199

Together we stand in the bottomless pit – When trauma hits the therapeutic dyad
Y. Spinzy & G. Cohen-Rappaport
DOI: 10.1080/17522439.2015.1052007

Mental Health Foundation Launches Mindfulness Posters

The Mental Health Foundation’s graphic designer Amy Mackinnon has created a series of posters that share the basic practices behind mindfulness. The A2 posters are available in a set of three from the Mental Health Foundation’s new webstore for $39 including postage and packaging.

Each sale is equivalent to the cost of one child in a low decile NZ school attending the Mental Health Foundation’s Pause, Breathe, Smile  eight-week mindfulness course. By purchasing these posters, you’re supporting the Mental Health Foundation to deliver mindfulness training to primary and intermediate students in their school classrooms nationwide.

Engage Consideration: Dutch initiative challenges mainstream thinking about psychosis

This post highlights a relatively new Dutch initiative that works to promote a helpful way of thinking about experiences of psychosis. The team at Engage Aotearoa recently stumbled across it on Facebook and thought it was full of information others might like to consider – either in their own recovery or in their efforts to support others seeking recovery.

Jim van Os and others have created a website, manifesto and set of audio-visual ‘explanimations’ to help people understand psychotic experiences in a way that allows for meaning-making and hope for recovery.

Much of the website is in Dutch, but an English-language version of the core resources on the “Schizophrenia Doesn’t Exist” website is available. It’s a provocative title, but the project creators do not mean to say that extreme experiences like hallucinations and delusions do not exist.

If you are not much for reading, you can watch Jim van Os’s TED Talk and get it all in a 15-minute nutshell or explore the 2-minute ‘explanimations‘ about psychosis and recovery on the website.

Visit the Schizophrenia Doesn’t Exist English-language webpage to find everything in one place. 

The Manifesto outlines “14 Principles for Good Care of Psychosis”. The first 7 principles address current thinking that frames psychosis as a brain disorder called schizophrenia and set out evidence for an alternative – Psychosis Spectrum Syndrome or PSS. The final 7 principles set out a vision for recovery-based practice, these state…

“8: To recover from PSS, a person must be offered hope and perspective from the very first moment. Recovery is a psychological process. It is a process of learning to adapt and develop a new perspective. With support from people with lived experience of psychosis and, where necessary, from doctors and therapists who support the process of recovery.

9: Every person with PSS should have access to a person with lived experience of psychosis from the earliest phase of treatment. A person with lived experience is in a unique position to offer perspective and hope (‘I was able to recover as well’).

10: The primary goal of treatment is return to the person’s environment, education and/or work. Education and work are prerequisites for recovery: even if residual symptoms remain, people can start picking up where they left off. The practice to wait for full recovery is counterproductive.

11: Anyone who enters the mental health system with PSS should be encouraged to talk about their psychosis. The content of the psychosis should be seen as meaningful, and may represent the key to underlying issues.

12: Psycho-education should not introduce an unproven biomedical model of brain disease as a central theme.

13: Anyone who suffers from psychosis should have access to psychotherapy by an experienced therapist.

14: Antipsychotics may be necessary to reduce psychosis but do not correct an underlying biological abnormality. Antipsychotics are no cure. Much more attention is required for individual dose optimisation to reach the lowest possible dose and to avoid irrational polypharmacy.

Schizophrenia does not exist, which is a good thing.
Because much can be done about PSS.”

~ Quoted from, Manifesto: 14 Principles for Good Care of Psychosis. Schizophrenia Does Not Exist website, 12 July 2015.

 

 

Have You Seen the Target Zero Documentary Yet? Watch Online

A very special documentary aired on Maori Television on the 15th of June. Target Zero highlights the need for suicide prevention strategies in NZ, Key to Life Charitable Trust‘s grassroots work across NZ, what gets people through and the solutions whanau and youth themselves are enacting in their schools and towns. IMG_0168

 

Engage Aotearoa would like to congratulate Mike King, Jo Methven, Tai Tupou and the rest of the Key to Life team on  the messages they have brought together in Target Zero. This is an inspiring example of what can come about when genuine people, with genuine passion, collaborate with their communities to fill community needs.

Watch Target Zero online here and share it on social media.

These are the kinds of ideas we need to be spreading.

Looking for Solutions to Social Isolation?

Social isolation is a barrier to recovery and resilience for a lot of people in New Zealand. It can be hard to meet new people and even harder still to find people who share our interests and hobbies.

Meet Up is a website that lets people start and get involved in special interest and social groups in their communities. Groups connect online to organise their events and the meet-ups happen in person. If you are looking for people with similar interests or hobbies, there’s likely a group on Meet Up and if there’s not, you can get one started yourself.

Search for groups from over 20 different interest categories within 5 miles of your location.

Here’s a random sampling of meet-ups in a few different NZ locations: Aucklanders can link in with The Street Choir Project, a group of singers from all walks of life who “meet every Tuesday evening to sing an eclectic mix of blues, R&B, folk, and so much more.” Better yet it is free and involves pizza. And Wellingtonians with an interest in theatre can connect with the Circa Theatre Meet Up Group and head out to a show and dinner or an after party together. People in Whangarei might want to join the Whangarei Meet Up Group and get to know other locals of all ages through a range of different activities, suggested by members of the group. Tauranga locals who want to get off the couch can join the Active Tauranga group. Dunedinites can join the Dunedin Role Playing Game Group or the Dunedin Film and Music Meet Up.

Most of the main centres in NZ seem to be represented and some of the smaller rural areas don’t seem to have groups happening yet – but perhaps you’ll be the one to get something started?

 

Health Promotion Agency Launches “Don’t Know? Don’t Drink” Campaign

The Health Promotion Agency launched a new campaign called “Don’t Know? Don’t Drink” on the 14th June. The Campaign, which will run until September, aims to raise awareness about the effects of alcohol during early pregnancy and ultimately reduce rates of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) in New Zealand.

“Don’t Know? Don’t Drink” encourages women to stop drinking alcohol if there is any chance they could be pregnant because alcohol can affect a developing baby throughout pregnancy, including before a woman knows she is pregnant. There is no known safe amount and no known safe time to drink alcohol during pregnancy.

Watch the first “Don’t Know? Don’t Drink” video here

Learn more about the signs and symptoms of FASD here