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Cacophony: Hearing Voices Exhibition 1-11 October 2015

Art and Sound Collide for Mental Health Awareness


Experience a unique interactive installation, featuring local artists, real stories and experiential soundscapes. Immerse yourself in the sometimes painful but always hopeful journey to recovery.

When: Opens Thursday October 1st 6 PM and runs to Sunday October 11th, 10 am-4:00 PM

Where: The Upstairs Art Gallery, Lopdell House 418 Titirangi Rd, Titirangi, Auckland

Find out more on Facebook.

Five x $10K Media Grants up for Grabs

MEDIA RELEASE: 8 July 2015
Mental Health Foundation of NZ

Are you a journalist or a creative artist who wants to change attitudes towards mental distress?

Five grants worth up to $10,000 each are now available for three journalism and two creative projects focusing on mental health issues.

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) welcomes project proposals from journalists, photojournalists and those freelancing in print, radio or TV media; as well as artists, creative writers, musicians, and performers. Journalism, photojournalism and creative students may also apply.

“A new survey shows New Zealanders are less accepting of mental illness than they are of sexuality and religion, so in 2015 we have up to $50,000 available thanks to ongoing sponsorship from the Frozen Funds Charitable Trust and support from the Like Minds, Like Mine national programme,” MHF chief executive Judi Clements says.

Read the full media release here.

The deadline for applications is the 2nd of September 2015.

Read this flyer to find out more.

To receive an application pack or for more information:
Contact Cate Hennessy, Media Grants Co-ordinator
Ph 021 687 426 or email info@mediagrants.org.nz

“Drive” Workshop: 16 June 2015, Auckland

  • Date: Tuesday Jun 16 2015
  • Times: 10am – 11.30am (attendees are invited to arrive in Lounge for networking & morning tea from 9.30am)
  • Venue: The Vault, Q Theatre, Queen Street, Auckland Central
  • Contact Q Theatre: Phone 09 309 9771 or email boxoffice@qtheatre.co.nz
  • More Information: www.qtheatre.co.nz/drive-have-you-had-your-mental-5-day

DANZ (Dance Aotearoa New Zealand) is giving you the unique opportunity to connect, take notice, keep learning & in turn be pro-active by attending the first DRIVE workshop for 2015.

Vicki Burnett from the Mental Health Foundation, who has been actively promoting mental wealth for the past 20 years, shares her life changing experience of mental distress.

She will also provide a background about the Mental Health Foundation and Like Minds Like Mine as well as an interactive session looking at mental wellbeing, which includes looking at how to incorporate the 5 Ways to Wellbeing into your life and artform.

This workshop is a chance to explore possible solutions together. Vicki encourages participants to bring their individual scenarios for discussion or better yet email her your thoughts prior to this session.

Due to limited seating capacity you must register prior to the event. To reserve a place, please call the Box Office on 09 309 9771 or email boxoffice@qtheatre.co.nzAlthough there is no charge to attend this event, donations to DANZ are welcome. 


Keep Learning with the Updated Online Resources Pack

In support of this year’s Mental-Health Awareness week theme, ‘Keep Learning’, the team at Engage Aotearoa have added two new pages of links to the Online Resources Pack for you to explore. Find new online sources of distraction/entertainment, self-help tools, information, support and recovery stories – and keep learning for Mental-Health Awareness Week and beyond.

Click here to browse and save a copy of the updated file

New links include…

  • All Right Canterbury
  • Beyond Meds
  • Coming Off
  • Conversations that Matter
  • Depression is Not Your Destiny
  • Everybody
  • Guide to Psychology and its Practice
  • Intervoice
  • Like Minds, Like Mine
  • Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse NZ
  • Mental Health News Hub
  • Mind Share
  • Open Culture
  • Reasons to Go on Living
  • Recovery Notes
  • SPARX CBT Computer Game
  • Support for Parents of Suicidal Teens
  • Support Page for Anxiety Depression and Mental Illness
  • The Depression Center 4.0
  • The Peaceful Parent
  • Worry Wise Kids

Find more Recovery Information Packs on the Engage Aotearoa website.


Mindfulness champion on Take It From Us Radio | 30 Sep 2014

On Tuesday 30 September,  tune into Take it From Us to hear from to a young psychologist who is a champion of alternative natural therapies, especially mindfulness, to manage mental health. Special guest Vikki Baird has already done some hard yards in mental health and gained some insights as a result of working in intensive residential rehabilitation.

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

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

And don’t forget the Facebook page @ Facebook.com and type ‘take it from us’ in the search box; contact Sheldon.brown@framework.org.nz for any feedback and comment/suggestions for shows.

New Like Minds, Like Mine Community Partnership Fund

The Health Promotion Agency (HPA) is pleased to announce the new Like Minds, Like Mine Community Partnership Fund is now open for submissions.

The Fund will support innovative projects that reduce stigma and discrimination and increase social inclusion for people with experience of mental illness. Mental illness impacts all sectors of our communities. Nearly 50% of New Zealanders are likely to have a mental illness at some time in their lives.

The Community Partnership Fund will support community projects that work towards changing social structures, cultures and policies so social inclusion can occur more easily. The Fund is not designed to provide direct services to people with experience of mental illness.

Successful projects will align with the Like Minds, Like Mine National Plan 2017-2019 and will occur in workplaces and community-based settings where social exclusion may occur.

The most effective way to create social change is for communities to work together. Projects should demonstrate partnership, using cross-sector expertise, and include people with experience of mental illness in a leadership capacity.

For more information about how the Fund works see the Application Guidelines on HPA’s website.

Application for the Fund is a two-stage process. Please send your stage one Application Form to likemindslikemine@hpa.org.nz. Stage one applications must be received by 12 noon, Friday 29 August 2014.

All written questions we receive will be answered on a Questions and Answers document on HPA’s website. This document will be updated weekly.

HPA will run information sessions in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in late July/early August 2014. More details will be posted on HPA’s website around mid July 2014. Please email Lorraine Want if you would like to attend a session.

If you have any questions about the Community Partnership Fund or the application process, please contact Virginia MacEwan by email or phone (04 912 0193) or contact Jude West by email or phone (04 894 7242).


Mental Health Foundation’s New Report: Stories of Success

Stories of friendship, acceptance and social inclusion are being shared in a new report released by the Mental Health Foundation.

In association with Like Minds, Like Mine, Stories of Success is the latest part of a national programme to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness.

“Social inclusion is a basic human need and right,” says Hugh Norriss from the Mental Health Foundation of NZ in the report.

The report reveals the powerful role friends, whānau, employers, and others play in recovery from mental illness.

Full press release here.

Report here.

Anne Helm on Take it From Us radio show: 13 May 2014

Mental health champion Anne Helm is tomorrow’s guest on the Take It From Us radio show.

Anne, who has won an award for her contribution to NZ mental health services, works to highlight psychiatric abuse and advocate for change in mental health services, especially the elimination of seclusion.

Listen live on 104.6FM at 12.30pm Tuesday 13 May 2014, or see www.planetaudio.org.nz

If you miss the live broadcast, listen for the next seven days at www.planetaudio.org.nz/takeitfromus

Connect with the Take It From Us Facebook page @ Facebook.com; type ‘take it from us’ in the search box

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

Like Minds Like Mine: List of National Helpline Numbers

The team at Like Minds Like Mine have put together an amazing list of helpline and service numbers, mostly 0800.

The list can be found here.

Contact: Aaron Woolley
Service Coordinator, Like Minds Like Mine
 cellphone: +64 21 902 434 | Fax: +64 7 868 5389 |  website: www.likeminds.org.nz

Take It From Us: Challenging Schizophrenia Myths | 11 March 2014

This week on Take It From Us the crew is promoting Schizophrenia Awareness Week (9-15 March 2014). Schizophrenia is potentially the mental illness diagnosis that holds the most stigma. The goal of Schizophrenia Awareness Week is to raise awareness, and to challenge the outdated myths around this condition. Join Take It From Us with guests Claire Cox of Supporting Families in Mental Illness and Philippa Coyle, Mind & Body Consultants on Tuesday the 11th of March 2014.

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

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

And don’t forget the Take it From Us Facebook page @ Facebook.com and type ‘take it from us’ in the search box; email takeitfromus@mail.com for any feedback and comment/suggestions for shows.