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Regional Consumer Network Re-Brand: Welcome Changing Minds

Changing Minds, Changing Brands

September 17th marked the first release of the new name for what we have come to know of as Regional Consumer Network.

Changing Minds worked with members of the network to come up with the best new name for the organisation.  More than one hundred participants voted for their preferred name. Since then, the Council for Mental Wellbeing Trust, the Reference Advisory Group, staff, and a number of other individuals have worked on the new look, including the by-line.

In order to reflect the organisation’s commitment to our Maori members they have included the whakatauki “Te Pae Tawhiti o te Hinengaro” – literally translated as: searching the horizon of changing minds.  Not only is this a whakatauki, but can be seen as a translation of the new name.

Another feature is their by-line: Strengthening Self-determination. This is something that the new-look organisation is very focused on – working on strengthening the voice of service users to ensure that people are treated fairly, with dignity and respect, and that every individual is given opportunity to live their life in the way in which they choose whether they have a diagnosis of a mental health issue or not.

You can reach the Changing Minds team now by emailing:

tina@changingminds.org.nz (manager)
campbell@changingminds.org.nz (newsletters, updates, media watch)
joey@changingminds.org.nz (forums, youth project)

The Like Minds Big reTHiNK Film Festival 8 – 13 October 2012

A Mind Altering Film Festival – media release

Films can change the way in which people view others.  Changing Minds, an Auckland-based not for profit organisation is putting on a free Film Festival as part of the Big reTHINK for Mental Health Awareness Week (8-13 October 2012).

Changing Minds take the view that “mental illness” is something that belongs within a social context and this is something that is reflected in the festival’s programming.  “We’re told time and time again that we have a mental health crisis in New Zealand and I think it is important to remember that “mental illness” isn’t something that exists within a vacuum – there is always a wider social context.” says Tina Helm, manager of Changing Minds.

The programme will include American documentary Crooked Beauty – a truly cinematic and philosophical experience that takes the viewer on a journey through the space between trauma, madness, and brilliance.  Mental Notes will also feature – a film that has caused something of a stir throughout the country and has people asking why New Zealand hasn’t apologised for the human rights injustices of the asylum days.  A presentation and panel discussion will be held on Saturday 13th October to address the representation of “mental illness” in New Zealand cinema, with film experts: Mark Sweeny (NZ Film Archive), Jim Marbrook (film-maker Mental Notes) and Dr Dean Manley (PhD Film).

The film festival will be held across two venues – Academy Cinema and Kenneth Myers Centre and is being supported by the New Zealand Film Archive and the Waitemata Local board.  The entire programme will be available for free to ensure that there are no barriers to access for unwaged or on low income.  The full programme is yet to be released.

For updates follow the Changing Minds Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/changingminds.nz

Changing Minds provide information and advocacy services to people who experience mental health issues or addiction issues.

For more information, please contact us by emailing us on the addresses above or by calling Tina on 09 623 1763 or Campbell on 09 623 1762

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