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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

May 2013 Issue of The Like Minds Newsletter

The latest issue of the Like Minds Newsletter is available now.

The feature article explores Richard Anderson’s experience of schizophrenia, the benefits of work and his strategies for keeping well.

They cover aspects of the Like Minds National Providers Hui and hear about the resilience focus of the Noho Wananga.

This month marks the launch of the DSM-5. Like Minds talks to a psychiatrist, an international mental health consultant and a mental health advocate to get their thoughts on the revised manual. Changing Minds Manager Tina Helm offers her full perspective as a separate document, Anticipating the DSM-5.

Journalist Robyn Yousef tells us why she waited so long to ‘seize the day’ and share her story about living with bipolar disorder.

Hikoi champion Annie Chapman is walking her way around the North Island to raise awareness about choice in mental health care. She explains what is driving her and how you can support her petition.

Mental health radio show Take It From Us recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Sheldon Brown discusses his role as host and how the show came to be.

Finally, remember to sign up for Stigma Watch and check out poetry book Smells Like Sugar and SamRB’s second album Queen Street Acoustics.

You are welcome to email your feedback and story ideas to likeminds@mentalhealth.org.nz and, if you think others would enjoy receiving this e-newsletter, please forward this email so they can subscribe.

Senior Services Newsletter for NGOS April 2013

Click the link below to download and read the latest issue of the Senior Services Newsletter.

Senior Services April 2013 NGO Newsletter

Contents include

  • Enhanced SuperGold online directory 
  • Using the SuperGold Card in Australia – update 
  • People can get New Zealand Superannuation when they are working 
  • ‘Services for Seniors’ brochure updated
  • April increase in NZ Super and Veteran’s Pension 
  • Student Loan changes 
  • Guidelines on Physical Activity for Older People (aged 65 years and over) 
  • Prepare for your future – set up an enduring power of attorney 
  • Public consultation on enduring powers of attorney 
  • Engaging older people project 
  • National dementia awareness campaign 
  • Welfare Reform changes
  • Get a free flu vaccination now
  • Getting in touch with Senior Services 

MindNet Issue 31 Out

Issue 31 – part one


In this issue of MindNet Michelle Hull discusses how lack of sleep affects wellbeing and how you can get a better night’s ‘kip’.

Sitting Fit is one way older people can become engaged in exercise. Find out how septuagenarian fitness instructor Shirley Waterfield inspires her classes.

Sophia Graham shares the special meaning ‘neighbourliness’ has for her in light of our recent 3rd annual Neighbours Day (23-24 March).

Vaea Hutchens tells us about a special Christchurch project to empower Māori families who have family members with experience of mental illness.

And, we have a unique opportunity for MindNet readers to view NZ Mental Health Media Grant fellow Guy Frederick’s photojournalism exhibition The Space Between Words. The exhibition is now available online especially for people who have not been able to see it in Christchurch or Wellington.

Guy has the chance to win an Australasian award for this project and would really appreciate your feedback on the exhibition and the inspiring stories that 14 Cantabrians have shared. Once you have viewed the exhibition (or if you have already done so) please share your thoughts by taking the survey.

Finally, the reading list for this issue is about creating a balanced life.

If you can recommend a wellness or mental health promotion service, project or programme that we could feature in MindNet – or would like to contribute an article yourself – please email mindnet@mentalhealth.org.nz

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Latest YouthWorX Newsletter is Out

Click here to read the latest YouthWorX eNews

A fantastic monthly e-newsletter focused on all things youth related – things for youth, their families and the people who work with them. The March 2013 update was fresh off the press on the 20th of March.

Latest Senior Watch from Age Concern: Read Online

Check out the latest Age Concern Update at http://www.ageconcern.org.nz/out-and-about/keeping-connected/age-concerns-seniorwatch

A great collection of news articles and items of interest for older people or those working with them.

Click through at the link above to subscribe to Senior Watch. This is a regular update worth getting.

The C Word: C is For Consumer | New Blog Promotes Discussion

An important new forum for strengthening self-determination in mental-health recovery has been launched on the Changing Minds website – a brand new blog called The C Word.

The latest blog post on ‘The C Word’ was released on Friday the 15th of March, and this time the blogger tackles the word ‘Consumer’ and ideas of self-identification:

“Working in what is considered a “consumer” role, most people would assume that I identify as a “consumer”.  But I don’t.  Put simply, I just can’t identify with that term, and to be honest I feel the same way when it comes to alternatives such as “service-user”.

I choose instead to identify as a person.

I’ve had experiences in my life that have lead me to work in the mental health and addictions sector. These experiences probably enable me to work in this sector more effectively, because I bring personal knowledge as well as professional knowledge to my work.  I don’t feel that I should need to share those life experiences to prove my validity as a humanitarian and as an asset to the community sector.  I’m a person – a person with a strong sense of social justice and who believes that all human beings should be free from harm and treated with fairness and respect. ”

Read more…

A Couple of Messages from YouthworX

YouthworX is in the process of moving to a new platform for sending out their e-News, please help up by updating your profile here »

Submissions to the March YouthworX e-Newsletter are due by Monday 18th March.

If you have any youth related events, projects or info you would like included, please email them to Janet Hope before Monday March 18th janet@youthworx.org.nz

KEEPING IN TOUCH with YouthworX & Appleseed

In Touch Autumn Newsletter from Mental Health Foundation of NZ

The Mental Health Foundation’s InTouch Autumn Newsletter is out now. Follow the link below to download it as a pdf.


Te Pou’s E-Bulletin Reports on 3 Year Mental Health Sector Work Plan

Te Pou’s latest e-bulletin reports on the development of a three year work plan to implement the Ministry of Health’s Mental Health and Addictions Service Development Plan that was released last year.

Click here to read the latest Te Pou E-Bulletin

As reported in the E-Bulletin, the work plan focuses on the following priorities

  • “Co-existing problems – including the child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) workforce, building on the past 12 months of mental health and addictions skill development work.
  • Drivers of crime – scoping workforce needs for the implementation of new Government initiatives such as youth mental health, drug courts, aged care, vulnerable children’s drug testing and justice. A training framework for the sector will be developed.
  • Children of parents with mental illness or addiction – scoping workforce needs based on evidence and international resources and identifying required competencies.
  • Suicide prevention – with a specific focus on establishing a continuing education module for GPs and primary nurses.
  • Maori addictions strategy – developing a comprehensive strategy to build a workforce that is responsive to the needs of Maori with addictions issues.
  • Organisational and professional development – with emphasis on delivering better services for Maori and working with services to improve workforce performance. This work will build on Let’s get real, outcomes and KPI information, workforce planning, implementing seclusion reduction initiatives, leadership development programmes and ongoing skill development.
  • Assessing effectiveness – ensuring evidence-based practice remains a high priority for all workers with a strong focus on evaluation of initiatives in seclusion reduction and talking therapies.
  • Regional workforce planning – focused strongly on workforce information, analysis and stocktake of data.
  • Ongoing development of web resources to support workforce development.

Alongside these priority areas, Te Pou will continue to focus on:

  • acute services
  • increasing the use of talking therapies
  • leadership and professional supervision
  • International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL)
  • Pacific mental health and addiction workforce development through Le Va
  • leadership on all the knowledge exchange and information areas.”
Such efforts to assess sector effectiveness and workforce needs are hopefully a first step on the way to increasing systemic capacity to provide effective psycho-social recovery options and remove barriers to their accessibility. Engage Aotearoa has heard reports from service-users in the community to suggest there is currently up to an 8 month wait to see a psychologist at some community mental-health centres and a search for psychologists or psychotherapists in a rural area like Kaitaia often reveals that there are few or none at all in some places. A mental-health service stocktake is very much in need.