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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

Mind and Body Consultants: upcoming workshops

Mind and Body is running some of its most popular workshops across the country, and they thought your networks may be interested in these upcoming professional development opportunities in Auckland, Christchurch, Raumati, Hamilton and New Plymouth.

The interactive ‘reTHiNK Madness’ one-day workshop is useful for anyone wanting to gain a broader, destigmatised, understanding of mental ‘illness’. Previous attendees have come from a variety of industries including film, manufacturing, health, professional services, sports, retail, and the arts, and been family/whanau, colleagues, friends and people with personal experience of mental ‘illness’. This workshop sold-out within 3 days of promoting it last time so please don’t wait to book.

The ‘Introduction to Peer Support’ two-day workshop is popular with people who have lived experience of mental ‘illness’ and/or addictions and recovery, who are interested in learning about peer support. Peer support involves using your own experience of mental health challenges and recovery positively, to walk alongside others who are struggling with their mental health. This workshop gives participants a good overview of the topics and subjects covered in the Certificate of Peer Support (Mental Health) NZQA level 4 should you wish to further your studies.

Tickets for these events can be booked via Eventfinda by clicking on this link and selecting the workshop you are interested in.

The full Mind and Body training calendar for 2015 is now available on their website.

Nāku noa, nā
Taimi Allan – Communications – Mental Health Promotion Lead
Mind and Body Consultants
Ph: (649) 630 5909
Mob: 0224 TAIMI A (82464 2)
Fax: (649) 630 5944
www.mindandbody.co.nz
www.rethink.org.nz

DRIVE Hui: RSVP for June 12th

DRIVE hui are friendly, inclusive events with a variety of activities, and all are welcome. The next hui will involve a workshop around self-care facilitated by Kerri Butler of Take Notice and a chance to learn about co-design and the role you may be able to play in making sure Counties Manukau has the best mental health and addiction services possible.

Please remember to RSVP for DRIVE hui so they can provide appropriately food, chairs and resources. It is fine to send a ‘maybe’ if you are not certain you can come, but please give an estimate. You also might like to invite a supporter or some one else in recovery who has not attended a DRIVE event before.

2015 dates:
June Friday 12th
August Friday 14th
October Friday 9th
Christmas Hui December Friday 11th

DRIVE hui are held at Pacific Business Trust in Otahuhu from 10.45am to 2.30pm.
733 Great South Road
Otahuhu
Auckland 1062

RSVP to hello@drivedirection.org.nz

Changing Minds panel: Virtues or Vices – The Social Constructs of Addiction

Changing Minds is the Auckland Regional Consumer Network for mental health and addictions.  They support self-determination and strive to work innovatively to encourage positive social change following a mission statement: “Leading brave conversations to redefine mental health and addictions in Aotearoa”.

Here are some of the issues and concepts which will be the focus of their upcoming panel discussion: how society contributes to the development of addictions; who and what defines an addiction; effective approaches to addressing addictions, community led versus ‘top down’ approaches; the legal implications of addiction; and the question “Can there be a ‘positive addiction’?”

Changing Minds is excited to announce their panelists:
Catherine Healy: CEO Prostitutes Collective
Peter Adams: Professor, University of Auckland
Alexander Stevens: Counsellor, social worker, lecturer, smokefree clinician
Brody Runga: Consumer Advisor Odyssey House
CADS: TBC
Facilitated by James King.

Where and when:
4th June 2015
7.00pm – 9.00 (the discussion will begin 7pm sharp); nibbles available prior and post discussion.
Jubilee Hall; 545 Parnell Road,  Parnell, Akld 1052
RSVP: margaret@changingminds.org.nz ; 09 623 1762 (places are limited so prompt reservations are suggested)

Contact for enquiries:
Ainslie Gee
Manager
PH: 09 623 1763 // 022 697 4884
PO Box 10256, Dominion Rd, 1446
www.changingminds.org.nz

New Ministry of Health guidelines for COPMIA

The Ministry of Health will soon release the national COPMIA guideline, currently in draft.

This guideline will outline the responsibilities all mental health and addiction services have to the children of parents with mental illness and or addiction (COPMIA) and their families and whānau. For some, this is going to mean a big shift in the way that services operate. The guideline envisions a mental health and addiction sector that is inclusive of family and whānau, focusses on strengths, and promotes and protects the wellbeing and rights of children. It promotes early intervention in the lives of children to support resilience, offering evidenced based and culturally appropriate ways of working, and across sector partnerships to meet the needs of children and their families and whānau.

For more information click on this link to Te Pou.

Or contact Mark Smith at Te Pou
Phone number: 07 857 1278
Mobile number: 027 687 7127

Canterbury Mental Health Directory and Guide

Engage Aotearoa recommends the Canterbury Mental Health Directory as a great place to start if you would like to seek help with an emotional, relational or mental health issue. It lists a number of support groups in Canterbury.

If you are asking yourself questions like these: “What sort of help do I need? Who should I go to? What will it cost? How private will it be? Will I have to wait?” this directory attempts to answer these and other questions in understandable language and with your best interests at heart. The directory can be found here. (Note from Engage: You could also try out our Community Resources Directory, which has some South Island entries.)

The website also features a superb guide for starting out seeking help, found here.

DRIVE Update

DRIVE have provided us with this special update.
For more information contact hello@drivedirection.org.nz.

Round the Bays: Free sponsored Places!
DRIVE are pleased to announce that CHAMP is supporting sponsored places for those who would like to run Round the Bays on Sunday 8 March. Registration is paid, support is offered for getting Counties Manukau consumers to and from the event and there will be a BBQ afterward. Please email hello@drivedirection.org.nz for more information and to register your interest.

Expressions of Interest: Integrated Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Group
Due Thursday 26 February. Great opportunity for committed Counties Manukau consumers! The purpose of this request for ‘Expressions of Interest’ is to identify representatives from the health and community sectors in Counties Manukau who are interested in taking on an active leadership role in the strategic direction of the ‘whole of system’ transformation agenda for mental health and addictions. For further details and to apply click here

Job Advertisement: Consumer Educator for the Mental Health & Addictions Education Team.
Counties Manukau Health is seeking a people-focussed individual with lived experience as a consumer of Mental Health services. You will demonstrate a commitment to improving service users experience thru professional development of the Counties Manukau Health workforce and actively contributing to the delivery of Safe Practice and Effective Communication training for all Mental Health & Addiction staff. Click here for the full advertisement

Fill your diaries with DRIVE Hui dates:
– April Friday 10
– June Friday 12th
– August Friday 14th
– October Friday 9th
– December Friday 11th
These will be held at Pacific Business Trust from 10.45am to 2.30pm.
RSVP for April by emailing hello@drivedirection.org.nz

DRIVE Consumer Direction Counties Manukau, PO Box 97453, Manukau 2241

Engage Facebook Highlights

Here are a half a dozen recent highlights from our Facebook page. Please LIKE US!

Nuggets
Kiwi tastes a golden nugget. It’s delicious. Superb animated film about addiction.

Writing from the Toi Ora Creative Writers in the ArtWeek zine
Toi Ora writers make a splash: writing from Matthew Savage, Liz Higgins, Andrew Holdaway and more.

Nine Things Every Parent with an Anxious Child Should Try
Your child turns to you and says, “I don’t want to take the bus. My stomach hurts. Please don’t make me go.” A discussion

Public lecture by Professor Rosalind Gill: Sexting, sexualisation and sexism
Modern youth sexuality, sexting and the sexy selfie. 27 November 2014, 6pm.

Finding the Treatment Options that Suck Less
The Crazymeds Manifesto: to help you find treatment options that suck less.

Worst Things to Say to a Person With Bipolar Disorder
When your friend or loved one has bipolar disorder, here are the worst things you can tell them.

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.

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