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Mental Health Awareness Week Events for Thames, Coromandel and Hauraki Regions | 6-12 Oct 2013

National Mental-Health Awareness Week begins on the 6th of October and runs through to the 12th of October. This year the theme is Connect.

Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki have put together a calendar of all of the Mental Health Awareness Week events taking place around the Thames, Coromandel and Hauraki regions.

Click here to save the Thames-Coromandel-Hauraki Mental Health Awareness Week Calendar for 2013

The Butterfly Diaries Volume 1: Launch & Order Details

The Butterfly Diaries Volume 1 is a FREE book of inspiring stories and personal tips from four people who have recovered from the experience of being suicidal.

Launch Details:

NOTE: Event Moved to Sunday 13th of October due to rain forecast for Saturday the 12th. 

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Engage Aotearoa will be launching The Butterfly Diaries Volume 1 at Fiesta in the Park on the 13th of October for Mental Health Awareness Week. Come along to the free public concert and pop into The Butterfly Diaries Tent – a quiet corner covered in white paper butterflies where you can stop by to decorate a butterfly with a survival tip of your own, pick up a copy of the book, relax with a copy in the reading corner or listen to the authors and editors read from the book.

  • Where: Fiesta in the Park, Western Park, Ponsonby, Auckland
  • When: From midday Sunday 13 October 2012
    Reading Times:
    12:30 – 1:00 pm Michelle Bolton reads from Breathe and Breathe and Breathe by Phoebe Wright
    1:30 – 2:00 pm Owen Bullock reads from Enough Angels
    2:30 – 3:00 pm Miriam Larsen-Barr reads from Welcome to Today by Henrietta Bollinger
  • 3:30 – 4:00 pm Raewyn Alexander reads from Emerging from the Past, Transformed

 

The Butterfly Diaries, Volume 1
Four true stories of transformation told by four New Zealand writers.

  • Stories by Raewyn Alexander, Henrietta Bollinger, Owen Bullock and Phoebe Wright.
  • Foreword by Mike King
  • Edited by Miriam Larsen-Barr and Michelle Bolton

In Aotearoa, New Zealand, 1 in 6 people have suicidal thoughts each year. It is a normal human response to feel hopeless sometimes. It takes a great deal of distress tolerance, brute determination, skill development, support and understanding to survive the urge to act on those thoughts and feelings when they arise. But hardly anyone ever talks about suicidal thoughts and feelings, making it even harder for people to find out how to get through. The Butterfly Diaries gives voice to the stories of those who have been there and made it out alive. Sean, Jane, Mary and Brad have all been suicidal, survived their own suicide attempts and found their way to a place where they are glad to be living their lives. In The Butterfly Diaries they share how they strengthened their wings and learned to fly.

The first edition of The Butterfly Diaries Volume 1 will be placed in high-schools and GP waiting rooms across the NZ, to make recovery stories easy to find. Suicide rates peak among youth and most people who are suicidal visit a GP in the months leading up to making an attempt, even if they do not talk about how they are really feeling.

How to Order Copies

You can nominate a service or person to receive a copy of The Butterfly Diaries or order a copy for yourself by making a donation on the Engage Aotearoa website to cover the cost of posting your book. Just fill in your details and give the delivery address in the space provided. The minimum donation is set at NZ$2.50 (the cost of NZ postage and handling). A donation of $5 will get a copy posted for you and cover the costs of printing a copy for someone else.

Click here to order a copy of The Butterfly Diaries

Contact admin@engagenz.co.nz for more information

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Want to help prevent suicide in NZ?

You can help get more copies of The Butterfly Diaries out there for people to read. Sponsor a print run by making a donation on the Engage Aotearoa website.  Every donation over $5 is tax deductible. A $20 donation pays for eight more books. A $500 donation prints enough books for a small school. 

‘A Fine Line’ at Corban Estate Art Centre for Mental-Health Awareness Week 2013

Artists raise the profile of mental wellbeing

Corban Estate Art Centre

Exhibition: A fine line

  • Artists: Helen Cross, Keneti Faalolo, Andrew Hall, Reece King, Andrew Serjeant and Serena Young.
  • Exhibition dates: 9-13 October, 10am-4pm
  • Location: Old St Michael’s Church, Corban Estate Arts Centre,
  • Entry: Free, all welcome

If you’d like more information about these exhibitions or for media inquiries please contact the curator, Kathryn Tsui: 09 838 4455 extension 203 or kathryn@ceac.org.nz

 

Corban Estate Arts Centre’s latest exhibition ‘A fine line’ features six West Auckland based artists and is on display from 9 to 13 October to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week 2013.  This diverse art exhibition includes painting, printmaking, sculpture and carving.

Artist Andrew Serjeant is a prolific painter and believes art can help raise the profile of mental health in a constructive way. He says, “I want to use that interest to bring mental health concerns to the forefront, but also to highlight that with the appropriate help and viewed with an open mind, people with mental illness can interpret and add to the world with dignity.”

Andrew Hall is well known for his sculptural figures fashioned out of found and recycled objects. He describes his artistic practice as being both positive and negative. “Having two creative hemispheres between the ears and not being able to switch off my relentless imagination makes living in this reality almost impossible. It’s a gift and a curse.”

Keneti Faalolo’s wood carvings connect him to his Samoan heritage and spiritual beliefs, depicting stories of empowerment and overcoming adversity. Meanwhile Helen Cross’s prints are inspired by her close observation and love of animals in her life. Since attending printmaking classes at Toi Ora Live Arts Trust for the past two years Cross has become a skilled printmaker.

Painters, Reece King and Serena Young choose to represent two different states in their paintings which reflect on the stress of daily life. King’s expressive paintings portray a sense of anxiety whereas Young’s paintings are scenes of serenity and peace.

This exhibition was created in association with Walsh Trust, Corban Estate Arts Centre and Toi Ora Live Arts Trust.

Walsh Trust: www.walsh.org.nz

Toi Ora Live Arts Trust: www.toiora.org.nz

Fiesta In The Park | Free Public Event: 12 OCT 2013, Auckland

The 3rd Biennial Fiesta in the Park at Western Park in Ponsonby on the 12th of October 2013.  

This years theme is CONNECT: wellbeing through connection.

In celebration of Mental Health Awareness events across the globe Fiesta in the Park welcomes Sola Rosa to the Fiesta and are joined by old friends Jan Hellreigel, Emma Paki, SINA, Sam RB, The Desotos, Mike Chunn & Play it Strange, Gareth Edwards, Miller Yule, and Ash Graham.  Spoken word poetry by The Literatti, and dance by Touch Compass.  Feast on deliciousness from the Paella Pan, Gourmet Shuttle, Banger Boys and a little sweet from the Donut Dudes to go with your Coffee Guy coffee or Nitro Juice.

Join in the art and fun activities including yoga, clown performers ZIG n ZAG and Circus in a Flash. The Fiesta celebrates Auckland’s rich diversity and culture.

This year you can join in the celebrations and participate, with the Fiesta hosting a moving image digital artwork screen, themed around community connection and wellbeing.  Toi Ora Live Art Trust are putting a call out for contributions of images, text, poetry, drawings, photos, what ever you like.

Email them to toioradigital@gmail.com

FIESTA IN THE PARK: FREE FAMILY EVENT   

  • On: Saturday 12th October. (Rain day:  Sunday 13th)
  • At: Western Park.  Ponsonby Rd.
  • From: 12 to 7pm.

Mental Health Awareness Week Resources Launched: Get Your Orders In

The Mental Health Foundation are now taking orders for this year’s FREE resources for Mental Health Awareness Week, 7-13 October.

Posters and postcards available to order now 

The in-house graphic artist Amy has made two super cool resources for you this year – an A2 Connect Wall Poster and packs of 10 A5 Connect Postcards that have been designed to be used as funky invitations. Send them out to friends, family or colleagues asking them to a dinner date, movie, indoor picnic or whatever appeals to you as a way to connect socially with those around you.

Cut off date for orders is 6 September – sadly, there cannot be any guarantee orders made after this date will be delivered in time for MHAW. So get your order in today.

You can also submit your MHAW event to the official online calendar!

Downloadable A3 and A4 posters and A5 postcards will also be available on the website later on this week.