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Invitation to Take Part in the Like Minds Youth Survey on Discriminatory Language

The Like Minds national programme, northern region provider team, Affinity Services and Ministry of Social Development are working together on a project about discriminatory language used by young people.

Part of the project is a nationwide survey, we want to know what you think about the use of this language. Your input is vital. 

If you are a young person aged between 12 and 24 years living in New Zealand, please take five minutes to complete the Like Minds youth survey, and enter the draw to win one of three $50 Prezy Gift Vouchers. 

Feedback and comments will be used to develop a resource to address bullying and discrimination among young people. 

All responses will be kept confidential. No identifiable information will be associated with your responses in any reports of this data. Participation is voluntary.

Please forward this invitation on to any young people you know to help get as many respondents as possible.

Videos from LGBTTI Wellness and Suicide: What do we need to change?

LGBTTI Wellness and Suicide: What do we need to change? was a one-day symposium held in Auckland on 27 February 2013, looking at mental wellbeing and suicide prevention in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, takataapui and intersex populations.

The day was hosted by Auckland District Health BoardOUTLine NZRainbow Youth, Affinity Services and the Mental Health Foundation.

Videos and slides from the symposium presentations are available below:

Changing Minds Community Forum in Auckland Thurs 21 Feb 2013

Have your say on emerging issues in the sector!

Changing Minds invites you to attend our February Forum where you will get a chance to have your say on new and emerging issues in the mental health and addictions sector!  The newly appointed Consumer leaders from Affinity Services will be discussing their new roles working alongside the Auckland District Health Board.  Changing Minds staff will also be facilitating a discussion around emerging issues in the sector as Aucklanders who access, or have accessed, mental health and/or addiction issues.

Venue: Western Springs Garden Community Hall
When: Thursday 21st February 10am – 12pm

Free event

Changing Minds

Phone: 09 6231763

Website: http://changingminds.org.nz/   Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/changingminds.nz 
Twitter: http://twitter.com/changingmindsnz

LGBTTI Wellness and Suicide Symposium 27 Feb 2013

Research indicates that LGBTTI youth have significantly higher rates of both suicide and mental health problems. These problems often extend into their adult lives and in to old age. Such problems are typically the result of stigmatisation, bullying, trauma, and isolation. All of which can be tackled by both community and agency responses.

What will the Symposium do about this problem?

The Symposium will focus on three things.

  1. First, it will talk about the evidence, why this is an issue, and why we should respond; it will raise people’s awareness of the problem.
  2. Secondly, it will show how this affects people’s lives now, for both youth and adults, and talk about what mental health and wellness means for the LGBTTI community.
  3. Thirdly, it will ask the community (through the Symposium) to present ideas and suggest responses from the community to which individuals, groups, organisations, and government agencies can respond and support.

Who should attend?

Anyone from the LGBTTI community is encouraged to attend, but the Symposium is also for professionals and organisations that provide a service or support LGBTTI people. The Symposium has been subsidised by ADHB to encourage widespread attendance and contributions.

Further information is available from:

Robert Ford

021 985 965

or Michael Stevens

027 703 7220

The Symposium has been organised and is supported by Auckland District Health Board, OUTline NZ, Mental Health Foundation, Rainbow Youth, and Affinity Services.

RSVP by 15th February 2013!

To register contact
Lorraine Coelho, Suicide Prevention Coordinator 
Phone: 630 9943 Ext 26408
Email: lcoelho@adhb.govt.nz