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DSM-5 Discussed on Take it From us Radio 28 May 2013

Tune in to Take It From Us on Tuesday May 28th to hear about the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which has attracted flak internationally.  Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ is circulating an article from its associate in the UK. The show will discuss the essence of this article and other reaction to the launch of the DSM-5.

Listen live on 104.6FM at 12.30pm every Tuesday or online at www.planetaudio.org.nz.

OR if you missed the broadcast, listen for the next seven days @:www.planetaudio.org.nz/takeitfromus

Catch up on the last four shows online: www.likeminds.org.nz

Email takeitfromus@mail.com for any feedback and comment/suggestions for shows.

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.

Mental Notes Screening and Big reTHiNK Hikoi Meeting: Glenfield 17 Feb 2013

Meet Annie Chapman and view the Mental Notes documentary on Sunday 17th Feb, Auckland as part of her One Woman Walking: Hikoi for a Big reTHiNK of Mental Healthcare Choices. 

  • WHEN: Sunday 17th February 2013 2pm to 4.30pm (please be there by 1.45pm)
  • WHERE: Connect SR, 215 Wairau Rd Glenfield


  • 2.00pm – Screening of the NZ Documentary “Mental Notes” followed by questions with the filmmaker Jim Marbrook.
  • 3.30pm – Afternoon tea
  • 3.45pm – Annie Chapman – will talk about her hikoi and the insights of her journey so far.

COST: Suggested koha of $5.00.

All funds raised will go to support Annie’s walk. Any extra funds will be donated to the Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ

BOOKINGS: email info@hearingvoices.org.nz or tel Adrienne 027265 0266

Please let do RSVP if you are attending as spaces are limited.


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Hikoi for reTHiNK of Mental-Healthcare Choices Arriving in Auckland

One Woman Walking: Hikoi for a Big reTHiNK of Mental Healthcare Choices 

Annie Chapman is on a hikoi across the length of the North Island to raise awareness about the need for better mental healthcare choices to be made available to service-users in New Zealand.

I have ceased to be surprised now by how almost everyone I talk to about why I am walking has a story to tell of friends or loved ones in need, utterly failed by the mental health system.” ~ Annie Chapman, 21 December 2012

Annie Chapman will be in Auckland from the 14th – 21st February 2013 (and in fact she may arrive a few days earlier than this).

So far the Auckland events in place are:

• Saturday morning, 16th Feb, from 10 am til 12 noon at Morra Hall, Waiheke.  Note: there has been a change of venue to allow for a more formal setting.  Instead of Ostend Market as originally planned, Annie Chapman will now be at Morra Hall, Oneroa, Waiheke
• A meeting on 15th February with colleagues of Brigitte Sistig re Yoga and Depression
• A second radio interview with “Take it from Us” (Feb 19)
• A screening/talk of Jim Marbrook’s film “Mental Notes” as a fund-raiser on the 17th of February  at Connect SR in Glenfield.

If you have any questions or suggestions of other good possible places to meet, speak or be interviewed by media, please contact Annie direct on 027 4272644 or Hikoiforhealth@gmail.com

Find out more on the official Facebook Page

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Hikoi Seeks National Big reTHiNK about Mental-Health Services

Media Release: 11/Dec/2012.

Annie Chapman, a former support worker for a mental-health trust in Porirua, is on a mission to reduce reliance on “medical mental healthcare” which she says can result in dependence and disempowerment, in a bid to promote healthier mental healthcare.

This summer, Chapman will spend five months walking the length of the North Island to advocate “change and choice in mental-health care“.

Annie Chapman’s One Woman Walking: Hikoi for a Big reTHiNK of Mental Healthcare Choices begins in Cape Reinga on December 12th and finishes five months later in Wellington. From December to May Annie will be stopping at towns along the Te Araroa Trail for community meetings to screen short stigma-busting films, discuss what a truly empowering mental-health system would look like and support the Petition for Better Mental-Healthcare Choices, which Annie will present at The Beehive in Wellington in May. Donations to cover costs are gratefully received. Any additional funds raised will be donated to Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ, which provides information and support for people who experience voice hearing.

“I have witnessed life long dependence, drug withdrawal problems and the limited effectiveness of some psychiatric medications,” Ms Chapman says. “Research suggests positive and empowering alternatives exist for better long term outcomes,” she continues.

Chapman advocates a reduced systemic reliance on medications as the first-line treatment for mental-health problems. Ms Chapman wants to see funded access to psycho-social interventions and treatment options for people with mental-health problems to reduce long-term dependence on pharmaceutical interventions and compulsory models of treatment. “We need personal advocacy and psychotherapeutic help promoted and more tailored advice about diet and exercise provided,” says Chapman, “Walking can be one of the most effective anti-depressants there is,” she adds.

Miriam Larsen-Barr, from the Like Minds team at Mind and Body Consultants who coordinate the ongoing Like Minds Big reTHiNK Festival, comments, “We are proud to include One Woman Walking as part of the official Big reTHiNK calendar of events. The message that people with mental-health problems need whole-person approaches to empower their recovery is an important one.”

“It is time our society did some serious analysis. Let’s use our legendary Kiwi kindness and ingenuity to create mental-health services that offer hope of real recovery,” comments Chapman.

Find out when One Woman Walking is visiting a town near you


>>>Wednesday 20th December
>>>11am to 1pm
>>>at Te Ahu Community Centre


For more information contact: Annie Chapman | 0221739954 | anniechapman@actrix.co.nz

One Woman Walking Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hikoi-for-healthy-choices-in-Mental-Health/150792058391076?ref=ts

One Woman Walking Blog:

Follow this link to find out more about The Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ  www.hearingvoices.org.nz