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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
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
PH: 09 623 1763 // 022 697 4884
PO Box 10256, Dominion Rd, 1446

AUT and Changing Minds: Quality of Life Issues During Mental Health Recovery

AUT and Changing Minds are interested in hearing what people think and feel about Quality of Life and mental health recovery.

AUT and Changing Minds are seeking interested people with lived experience of mental health recovery to take part in a focus group and some exercises to help answer this question.

Answers will help them to identify the most important life issues for people living with and recovering from mental illness.

Feel free to pass on this invitation to others who could also be interested in participating. A voucher for your time and refreshments will be provided. Thank you!

For further information or if you would like to participate, please contact Margaret, so she can arrange a suitable time to meet. Email or text on:


Phone: 021 2177 377


Changing Minds 2014 Film Festival

Changing Minds presents the 2014 Film Festival – Mad about Movies. The film festival will run during Mental Health Awareness week, 7-11 October 2014 , and will be show films each night at Academy Cinema in Auckland City.

The full programme is yet to be finalised but keep an eye out for what films will be shown!

Check out the webpage here and the Mad about Movies facebook page here.

Latest Changing Minds Newsletter is Out

This month’s update from the crew over at Changing Minds has heaps of upcoming events and news items you’ll want to know about.

Click Here to Read the Changing Minds E-Newsletter

As well as sharing events and news from across the mental-health sector, Changing Minds have also announced an event of their own for World Mental Health Awareness Day on October 10th. More details below.

Changing Minds Panel Discussion

Changing Minds will be holding a panel discussion on the evening of the 10th of October to celebrate world mental health day, and mental health awareness week; places will be advertised soon, for further information please email Ainslie by clicking here.

To Disclose or Not to Disclose; Mental Illness and Human Rights 23 Aug 2013

Changing Minds Forum

  • Friday the 23rd of August
  • Western Springs Garden Community Hall
  • 10am – 12pm

When should you tell your flat mate you live with mental illness? Your new love interest? What about your employer?

This month Changing Minds are hosting a workshop entitled “To disclose or not to disclose; mental illness and human rights.” The workshop will look at “disclosure” from a human rights perspective and is designed to enable us to make informed decisions about what we choose to share with others.



Announcements from Changing Minds: Diverse City, New Manager and Mental Blocks.

Changing Minds launched the first issue of Diverse City last week, a brand new quarterly print-magazine that aims to start conversations that promote diversity and acceptance.

Find out more about Diverse City and how to get a copy on the Changing Minds website.


Tina Helm has left Changing Minds for the shores of Australia and new manager Ainslie Gee is now settling in.

Changing Minds has opened submissions for a new project called Mental Blocks, which, like the old reTHiNK Grant, offers funds for creative community projects that change the way people think about mental-health problems.

You can apply for up to $2 000 to bring your project to fruition and they say they will consider anything. 

Applications are due: Friday 30 August 2013, before 5pm.

Open Dialogue Seminar Auckland 30 May 2013


Open Dialogue

  • Room WF710 , Level 7 AUT Business School WF Building, 42 Wakefield St, Auckland City 1142.
  • Thursday 30th May 2013, 7.00 to 9.00 PM
  • $20 for waged , Gold coin Koha for Unwaged. We are a registered charity. These fees will help pay expenses, and support sending HVN members to the World Voices Congress in Melbourne this year. Bookings: Adrienne at 0272650266 or email: hvnanz@gmail.com for a registration form. Please note spaces are limited. You will need to book.
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Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ are pleased to host an educational evening on “OPEN DIALOGUE” with Jaana Castella. Open Dialogue is an innovative approach to acute psychiatric crises developed by Jaakko Seikkula, Markku Sutela, and their  multidisciplinary team at Keropudas Hospital in Tornio, Finland.

Jaana is a psychiatric nurse from the Region of Sjaelland who is trained in the “Open Dialogue” technique with Jaako Seikkula and Tom Anderson in 1999 and has been working with people with psychosis using this method and educating others in the techniques.


Fundamental to the approach is the shift away from an immediate emphasis on trying to eradicate symptoms. The conversation, or dialogue, is not “about” the person, but a way of “being with” them and living through the crisis together. What Tom Andersen M.D. called “withness practices” mitigates the sense of isolation and distance a frightening episode can produce and leads to a path of recovery.

Starting in the eighties, there have been a variety of research studies of Open Dialogue and its outcomes with early psychosis. The results consistently show that this approach reduces hospitalization, the use of medication, and recidivism when compared with treatment as usual. For example, in a five-year study, 83% of patients had returned to their jobs or studies or were looking for a job (Seikkula et al. 2006), In the same study, 77% did not have any residual symptoms. Such outcomes led the Finnish National Research and Development Center for Welfare and Health to award a prize recognizing the Keropudas group for “the ongoing development of psychiatric care over a period of ten years.” http://www.dialogicpractice.net/open-dialogue%E2%84%A0/

See a video trailer about the Open Dialogue method here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBjIvnRFja4

Jaana will share how Open Dialogue works and we will have the opportunity to discuss and ask questions following her talk. This event is suitable for Professionals as well as voice hearers. Jaana’s focus in NZ is around Peer support.

Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ are a registered charity independent from Mental health services. Committed to providing research and support for voices and visions in NZ.

New Quarterly Magazine Diverse City Due for Release in June

Diverse City – A FREE Changing Minds Publication

At the end of June Changing Minds will be launching a new quarterly magazine – Diverse City!

This new Changing Minds publication aims to widen the lens though which we view ourselves and the world around us, and we hope it will be the catalyst for some new conversations and ideas. Inside you will find analysis of community issues and current events as well as interviews, an arts section, and a whole lot more!
Read more…

There will be a limited hard copy print run of just 500 so be in quick and order yourself a copy today by completing and returning this form.

Free Sensory Modulation Workshop Auckland 8 May 2013

Sensory Modulation Workshop – 8th May

Come along to Changing Minds free workshop if you would like to learn more about sensory modulation and how it can be used to improve your quality of life. The session will consider different sensory approaches for different needs, such as high moods and low moods, and hope to begin identifying your own sensory preferences.

The two hour session will include group discussions and participant feedback. For more information or to RSVP click here. 


Newsflash: Tina is Leaving Changing Minds to Chase Her Dreams | New Manager Wanted

“At our Changing Minds Board meeting [on Tuesday the 17th] I announced that I’m moving on from my role here as Manager.  For me this is a really exciting time, but it certainly does come with some sadness, particularly when I think about how I will miss my friends and colleagues in and around the sector, and most of all my wonderful fellow team members – Campbell and Joey,” says Tina  Read More

To apply for the managers position at Changing Minds click here

Changing Minds Partnership Report Released

Changing Minds is pleased to announce the public release of “Partnership and Tangata Whai Ora: Report from Changing Minds Community Forum.” The report contains feedback from a range of forum attendees and other interested tangata whai ora, and we hope that this information will be well received by mental health and addictions service providers. Our goal is to provide a space for tangata whai ora to speak, and this report holds a great deal of wisdom and insight into what services are currently doing and how things could be improved. It describes challenges that people have faced, and recommendations for improving the quality of services for everyone…Read More