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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

 

Psychology Week 9-15 November 2015

Psychology Week takes place across NZ and Australia from the 9th to the 15th of November. This initiative aims to increase public awareness of how psychology can help people, families/whanau and communities find ways to increase their psychological wellbeing.  The theme of the NZ Psychology Week is “living life well”. Find a free talk in a town near you at www.psychology.org.nz/pd-events/psychology-week/

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reTHiNK Wellbeing Workshop in Auckland and Wellington

reTHinK Wellbeing is an innovative workshop to help you understand mental health, cope better with stress and distress, support others and flourish!

Last Auckland Date – 18th November

Coming to Wellington one day only – 3rd of December 10am- 3pm

The reTHiNK workshop concentrates on building wellbeing skills for yourself, and your workplaces as well as simple tips for supporting others going through stress and distress. Engaging and entertaining activities help workshop participants, experience, understand and empathise with symptoms of mental health challenges that you may not have had personally. It is relevant for any audience.

This year reTHiNK workshops have been facilitated for Peers as well as Police, Manufacturing, Retail, Corporate, Health, Builders, Tertiary, Professional Sport and Actors Equity to name a few, and the good folks at Mind and Body Consultants have received hundreds of handwritten testimonials on the value of these innovative workshops.

Book Now! Registrations Close on November 10th.

Auckland – http://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2015/rethink-madness/auckland/epsom

Wellington –  http://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2015/rethink-well-being/lower-hutt

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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

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.

 

 

Peer Support and Rethink Madness Workshops from Mind and Body

Mind and Body Consultants are running Introduction to Peer Support and Rethink Madness Workshops in Auckland, Christchurch, Raumati, Hamilton and New Plymouth.

Check out Mind and Body on Event Finder to find and book a workshop near you.

  • The interactive ‘reTHiNK Madness’ 1 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 tends to sell-out quick.
  • The Introduction to Peer Support 2 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.

“Drive” Workshop: 16 June 2015, Auckland

  • Date: Tuesday Jun 16 2015
  • Times: 10am – 11.30am (attendees are invited to arrive in Lounge for networking & morning tea from 9.30am)
  • Venue: The Vault, Q Theatre, Queen Street, Auckland Central
  • Contact Q Theatre: Phone 09 309 9771 or email boxoffice@qtheatre.co.nz
  • More Information: www.qtheatre.co.nz/drive-have-you-had-your-mental-5-day

DANZ (Dance Aotearoa New Zealand) is giving you the unique opportunity to connect, take notice, keep learning & in turn be pro-active by attending the first DRIVE workshop for 2015.

Vicki Burnett from the Mental Health Foundation, who has been actively promoting mental wealth for the past 20 years, shares her life changing experience of mental distress.

She will also provide a background about the Mental Health Foundation and Like Minds Like Mine as well as an interactive session looking at mental wellbeing, which includes looking at how to incorporate the 5 Ways to Wellbeing into your life and artform.

This workshop is a chance to explore possible solutions together. Vicki encourages participants to bring their individual scenarios for discussion or better yet email her your thoughts prior to this session.

Due to limited seating capacity you must register prior to the event. To reserve a place, please call the Box Office on 09 309 9771 or email boxoffice@qtheatre.co.nzAlthough there is no charge to attend this event, donations to DANZ are welcome. 

 

Whānau Peers 4 Recovery: new family and whānau interest group

Whānau Peers 4 Recovery want to make a shout out to all those who identify strongly as a family member or supporter of someone else who experiences mental health problems on an ongoing basis. Have you found it difficult as whānau to access recovery-focused, sustainable support for yourself or the person you are concerned about? One where the focus is the relationship, not their mental illness? Some of us, as whānau, would like to see something offered more than what is currently available, and we believe this needs to be led by whānau themselves embracing a whānau-peer model.

If this email resonates and you are interested in exploring how as whānau we can start something different, please email whanaupeers4recovery@gmail.com

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