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“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. 


Reprints of popular Mental Health Commision resources now available

Due to popular demand, new versions of “Oranga Ngākau – Getting the most out of Mental Health and Addiction Services: A recovery resource for service users” and “When someone you care about has a mental health or addiction issue” are available in hard copy or by download.

“Oranga Ngākau” is easy to understand and provides valuable information about what to expect from treatment in mental health and addiction services. This includes a glossary of terms used during care, as well as describing different possible scenarios when using these services for the first time.

“When someone you care about has a mental health or addiction issue” is a resource for those who are supporting others. Read about the best ways for family, whānau and friends to help people close to them who are in care, as well as how to find support for themselves, should they need it.

Kim Higginson, Information Officer, Mental Health Foundation

Mental Health Foundation: A to Z of Mental Health

Have you seen the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand’s new A‒Z of mental health conditions? From anxiety to suicidal feelings, they have compiled the best-quality information about mental health conditions available in New Zealand so you have all the information you need to make informed decisions about your mental health.

No one should have to go through a mental health problem alone. They believe the information in the A‒Z will help remove some of the fear and confusion that can accompany a diagnosis of mental illness, allowing individuals, families and whānau some peace of mind so they can move forward together.

Each page contains information about symptoms, causes and treatment options, and addresses some of the common myths associated with that condition. You will also find links to support groups, brochures with further information, useful links, and tips for looking after yourself. It really is a fantastic resource.

They’re still in the process of adding different conditions to the list, so check back frequently for updates. If you have any further questions, you can contact one of their fantastic information officers via the Live Chat option on their website or by emailing info@mentalhealth.org.nz

Contact: Sophia Graham, senior communications officer at the Mental Health Foundation

Natures Nutrition: Raw Food Workshop

Ever wondered how to create your own almond milk, kale chips or raw fudge?

Here is an opportunity for you to not only learn, but also get healthy!

In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Week, the Mental Health Foundation, in conjunction with the Healthy Kitchen and Nature’s Nutrition, is hosting a two-hour raw food workshop on Sunday, October 12 at 11.00am.

Debbie, a clinical nutritionist, will demonstrate a host of recipes including raw juices, smoothies, nut milk, kale chips, enzyme-rich raw salads and diabetic-friendly raw chocolate and raw fudge slice.

For a special price of $35 you will have the opportunity to try all food that is prepared, plus walk away with a wealth of knowledge and a comprehensive pack of raw food recipes to try at home.

The workshop will be held at the Mental Health Foundation in Mt Eden.

Contact: Natures Nutrition

Phone: (09) 537 2278

Community Garden talk and Movie Screening

The Mental Health Foundation, in conjunction with the Film Archive, Lot23 and Hauora Garden of Health and Happiness project, will be showing The Neglected Miracle – a feature length documentary looking at how developed nations are exploiting poorer countries for access to their wild plants and superficially plant genetics. The film raises questions about the stewardship and ownership of plants, and raises questions about the rights and role of corporations in developing plants genetically.

Prior to the screening, A.D. Schierning will be speaking about the Hauora Garden project. The project is a collaboration between artists A.DSchiErning and Richard Orjis. Come along to find out more.

The screening will be held on the 7th of October at Lot 23, 23 Minne Street, Eden Terrace, Auckland. Doors open from 5.15pm for a 6pm start. Entry is by koha.

For more information call the Mental Health Foundation on (09) 623 4810 or joanne@mentalhealth.org.nz


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.

Pink Shirt Day – February 26th

Pink Shirt Day want to hear from young people about their experiences of bullying. Were you bullied? What did you do? Who helped you, and how? How could the people in your life (e.g. friends/parents/teachers, etc) have better supported you? What would you say to other young people who are being bullied? How can they get help? OR if you weren’t bullied, have you witnessed bullying? What did you do? What should other young people do when they see someone being bullied?

Pink Shirt Day would like these stories to have a resilience and recovery focus, and to give practical tips and advice to young people and their parents who need guidance and help. You can submit your story, tell it to Sophia Graham on 09 623 4810 x 811. They would also love to see your artwork depicting your experiences with bullying and recovery from being bullied.


Video Competition & Teaching Resource

Panui for Media Studies Teachers

The Mental Health Foundation is running a video competition for teenagers.

This is open to all students, but could be the product of a formative exercise for media production standards 2.6 and 3.6, for which a teaching unit plan is provided.

They are looking for a 30 second youth-friendly YouTube video that encourages youth to stop and pause when they hear  words like “nutjob”, “slut”, “schizo”, “mental”, and “homo”, and reflect on language that is stigmatising or discriminatory (especially in relation to mental illnesses).

The objectives are:

  • to provide students with  a useful insight into health marketing
  • to get students to help curtail bullying and to participate in mental health promotion
  • to generate a high-quality, resource we can use in a viral marketing campaign
  • it will be youth friendly and accessible
  • it will help to change people’s attitudes,
  • it well provide tools and skills to challenge inappropriate and demeaning language

What the brief will be for the video:

Work produced by youths has the potential to attract real interest from their peers.


Friday, 4th of April             Thehe unit plan will be sent to interested teachers

Friday, 20th of June          Entries close

Thursday, 17th of July      Awards ceremony

What the students will gain:

This will offer a meaningful learning opportunity based on the opportunity to produce a ‘real world’ product which will be used in a media campaign.

Research has indicated that teenagers care about the discriminatory language that they and their peers use, and would appreciate the opportunity to make clear statements about what is appropriate and what is not.

There will be prizes, and an award ceremony.

Perhaps more significantly, the winning students will achieve internet fame through a viral marketing campaign based on the winning videos; this will involve promotion through social media platforms and celebrity endorsements.

Teaching Resource.

This programme offers a high-quality teaching and summative assessment unit, including a lesson plans and assessment criteria, for media studies achievement standards 2.6 and 3.6 (media production), giving students practice in the skill of video production. This resource will be ready for the beginning of term 2.

If you are interested, please contact ivan@mentalhealth.org.nz, or on 027 2808972.

Registrations Open for The 2013 Wellbeing Game

The 2013 Wellbeing Game starts on Monday, 7 October 2013 and ends on Sunday, 3 November 2013. You can join up right now ready to play the game when it begins.

Healthy Christchurch and the Mental Health Foundation have teamed up to bring you the Wellbeing Game.

Many of the things we enjoy already are good for us – but we are often so busy that we don’t always make time for them.

Players in the Wellbeing Game chart their ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ activities over four weeks. The 5 Ways are Connect, Take Notice, Give, Keep Learning and Be Active.

It’s easy to play the Wellbeing Game.

You can play as an individual, join a team, or start a completely new team – it’s up to you!

Videos from LGBTTI Wellness and Suicide: What do we need to change?

LGBTTI Wellness and Suicide: What do we need to change? was a one-day symposium held in Auckland on 27 February 2013, looking at mental wellbeing and suicide prevention in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, takataapui and intersex populations.

The day was hosted by Auckland District Health BoardOUTLine NZRainbow Youth, Affinity Services and the Mental Health Foundation.

Videos and slides from the symposium presentations are available below: