Engage Aotearoa

About Us

Engage Aotearoa is a recovery promotion project with one simple aim: help make it easier for people to find the hopeful understandings, practical strategies, treatments and community connections needed to recover from a mental-health problem.

Engage Aotearoa exists to share service-user informed, evidence-based resources online in the virtual world and works to get hard-copy information into the real-world. We operate from a lived-experience perspective, which means everyone involved has personal experience of recovery  and a professional skill-set to share.

Engage Aotearoa was created by Miriam Larsen-Barr and Daniel Larsen-Barr in 2009. Miriam wrote the content out of her Master’s research, which explored the outcomes of a transdiagnostic anxiety support programme she designed and implemented at Youthline in 2008 called Engage Group. Engage Group was informed by service-user perspectives gleaned from Miriam’s own recovery journey, her time within the service-user movement and her background in psychology. Daniel taught himself how to build websites to create an online home for the resources that grew out of the group, which continued to run until 2011. We have been joined by several different volunteers over the years. At various times we have tried to operate Engage Aotearoa as a business and as a charity, but as life has grown busier it works best for us to run it as a simple, self-funded voluntary effort that we add to as we are able. Our little contribution to making a difference in the world.

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