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The C Word: C is For Consumer | New Blog Promotes Discussion

An important new forum for strengthening self-determination in mental-health recovery has been launched on the Changing Minds website – a brand new blog called The C Word.

The latest blog post on ‘The C Word’ was released on Friday the 15th of March, and this time the blogger tackles the word ‘Consumer’ and ideas of self-identification:

“Working in what is considered a “consumer” role, most people would assume that I identify as a “consumer”.  But I don’t.  Put simply, I just can’t identify with that term, and to be honest I feel the same way when it comes to alternatives such as “service-user”.

I choose instead to identify as a person.

I’ve had experiences in my life that have lead me to work in the mental health and addictions sector. These experiences probably enable me to work in this sector more effectively, because I bring personal knowledge as well as professional knowledge to my work.  I don’t feel that I should need to share those life experiences to prove my validity as a humanitarian and as an asset to the community sector.  I’m a person – a person with a strong sense of social justice and who believes that all human beings should be free from harm and treated with fairness and respect. ”

Read more…

Changing Minds Monthly Forum: Manurewa, 28 March 2013

The following is information concerning this month’s Changing Minds Forum:

Changing Minds and Affinity’s Diane Hewitt recently met with a large group of the community in order to gain their feedback on how they feel mental health and addictions services are doing when it comes to partnership with those people utilising services.

With a full report drafted, Changing Minds staff and Diane will be presenting the report back to the community.

When: Thursday 28th March, 1-3pm

Where: Nathan Homestead, Manurewa.

Who: All welcome, and it is especially hoped that people who came along to the February forum discussion about partnership will come back and see the amazing report that has been written. Your feedback will be greatly appreciated. The team would like to check with you that they have made good use of the knowledge and experience that was shared with them last time.

The discussion will be facilitated by Joey MacDonald (Changing Minds) and Diane Hewitt (Affinity Services).

Some light refreshments will be available.

For brief details on the discussion that took place in February, please see this article.

Join the Changing Minds Advisory Board

Changing Minds Seeking Advisory Group Members

Changing Minds is currently seeking new members for its Advisory Group.

The group meets on a bi-monthly basis and works in the following areas:

  • Providing a collective voice for advocacy on issues of mutual concern
  • To represent the multiple consumer viewpoints within the Auckland region
  • Peer review of the work undertaken by Changing Minds
  • Contributing/inputting to research and reviews from a consumer perspective

For more information, and to find out how to become a member, click here

Click here to read the latest update from the crew over at Changing Minds.


6-Month Part-Time Info Centre Job Opportunity at Changing Minds

Changing Minds Information Centre Coordinator (Part-time)

Do you have a flair for talking to people from all walks of life?
Are you interested in social justice?
Do you have library or cataloguing experience?
If the answer is yes, then you might be just the person we are looking for!

Changing Minds is employing a part-time Information Centre co-ordinator to work for us for 6 months to develop our resource centre, which is currently in need of some TLC and some organising! Changing Minds is a small and friendly organisation dedicated to the development of projects which advance the needs of those who have experienced mental health and/or addiction issues. We work toward an equitable and socially inclusive society for all peoples.

This role requires a diverse set of skills and knowledge. Experience and education in a related field is desirable, but not essential.

This is a part-time role of 20 hours per week, for a period of 6 months. There will be some flexibility as to when these hours will be worked between the hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Read the Full Job Description here!

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

New Board Members Needed for Changing Minds

Changing Minds is a small not-for-profit organisation, based in the Auckland region, working in information dissemination, education, and systemic advocacy. Changing Minds is the operating name of the organisation, which consists of two full time staff, one part-time staff member, and a Board.  The Board operates under the name Council for Mental Well Being Trust.

Changing Minds are specifically looking for members that can offer expertise in one or more of the following areas:

Maori issues; Pasifika issues; Youth issues, NGO management, Governance Board expertise; Accounting; Auditing; Legal matters; Rainbow issues (GLBTI); Disability issues; Migrant and/or Refugee Issues; Tangata Whaiora/ Motuhake grassroots work; Peer Support

The following personal attributes are a must:

  • Critical thinking – The ability to demonstrate a high level of thinking in the mental health and addictions sectors and be able to discuss matters in a professional matter, taking multiple points of view into consideration.
  • Understanding and empathy with mental health and/or addiction difficulties – Must be able to demonstrate an awareness and understanding of mental health and/or addiction issues.
  • Commitment to a human rights approach – Must demonstrate an understanding of diverse human experience and come from a non-discriminatory practice and perspective.
  • An understanding of the role of governance – Must have an understanding of the role of governance board in a not-for-profit setting, or at least demonstrate a willingness to learn.
  • Ability to demonstrate wellness – Has ability to discuss wellness approaches and has supports in place for their own wellbeing.

What we can offer you in return:

  • A travel allowance for the costs of getting to and from meetings.
  • Training and support in governance for those that don’t already have experience in this area.
  • Something that will look great on your CV.
  • An opportunity to contribute positively to the community

How to Apply:

Please contact the manager, Tina Helm, with your most currently updated curriculum vitae, along with a brief statement outlining the values and skills you would bring to our governance board.

Email: tina@changingminds.org.nz

Find out more on the Changing Minds website!

New Year Updates Out From Changing Minds

The latests newsletter is out from Changing Minds (previously Regional Consumer Network/RCNet).

Read the Changing Minds Newsletter online here

Changing Minds provides information about events, jobs, workshops, and research in relation to mental health issues and addictions in the Auckland region,  and welcome your feedback and contributions.  

To contribute to future mailouts contact the editor


New Changing Minds Website Live

Changing Minds saw their brand spanking new website go live on Monday 17 December 2012.

Pop along to changingminds.org.nz  to find out more about Changing Minds, link in with a community forum, sign up for their newsletter, join the Reference Advisory Group, meet the team and join in on upcoming projects to increase self-determination and service-user leadership.

Community Consultation to Make Election Processes Accessible: 5 Dec 2012

Community Hui: Promoting Participation in General Elections for Disabled People

Hosted by Auckland Disability Law, Changing Minds, the Mental health Foundation, and Auckland Council

The Electoral Commission wants to hear how services for disabled people can be improved at elections.   Here is a link to the consultation information: www.elections.org.nz

They want to know:

  • any extra information you may need about enrolling and voting
  • how the Electoral Commission can make information about postal voting easily available
  • support for telephone dictation voting for voters who are blind or who have a vision impairment
  • any barriers to completing electoral enrolment form
  • any other initiatives that you would like to see the Commission achieve at future elections

This workshop is for disabled people and disability organisations who want to find out more about the consultation and talk about what to write in their submission.  Your comments will also add to an Auckland Disability Law submission and may be included in other submissions including submissions on voting in Local Government elections.

  • 2-4pm, Wednesday 5 December 2012,
  • Mangere Community Law Centre, off Waddon Place, Mangere

Venue is wheelchair accessible by lift with plenty of parking.

NZSL interpreters have been booked.  Please let the team know by Friday 30 November if you need them or have other access requirements

Numbers are limited, so please RSVP by Friday 30 November 2012

RSVP to: Dale Little, Mental Health Foundation phone 3007021 or email dale@mentalhealth.org.nz

November Changing Minds E-Newsletter

Changing Minds E-News Out Now

In the November Issue

  • Changing Minds Film Festival
  • Awareness Campaign
  • Blueprint ii Survey
  • Rising to the Challenge
  • MediaWatch & Stigma Watch
  • Changing Minds Forum
  • Vacancies
  • Events and Meetings
  • Helpful Links