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Mental Health Awareness Week Calendar 5-11 October 2015

How will you be celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week?

Activities run from 5–11 October, the week of World Mental Health Awareness Day on October 10th.

The theme this year is Give and the Mental Health Foundation’s calendar of events is filled with wonderful ways to get involved across the country.

Mental Health Foundation Launches Mindfulness Posters

The Mental Health Foundation’s graphic designer Amy Mackinnon has created a series of posters that share the basic practices behind mindfulness. The A2 posters are available in a set of three from the Mental Health Foundation’s new webstore for $39 including postage and packaging.

Each sale is equivalent to the cost of one child in a low decile NZ school attending the Mental Health Foundation’s Pause, Breathe, Smile  eight-week mindfulness course. By purchasing these posters, you’re supporting the Mental Health Foundation to deliver mindfulness training to primary and intermediate students in their school classrooms nationwide.

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

Seen the New Mental Health Foundation Webstore yet?

The Mental Health Foundation of NZ has launched a new webstore and it’s open and ready for orders!

With a fresh new look and loads of easy to find items, the webstore is “brimming with, books, pamphlets, CDs, reports and handy new features.”

They have all their usual stock in-store and some new items as well, like two new Mental Health Foundation research reports focusing on discrimination and social inclusion: Young people’s experience of discrimination in relation to mental health issues in Aotearoa New Zealand and What works: Positive experiences in open employment of mental health service users.

Pilot Study Puts Mindfulness in NZ Schools

A November 16th article from Stuff.co.nz highlights the results of a pilot study by the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand showing a mindfulness in primary schools programme may have “improved students’ self-control, attentiveness, respect for other classmates and enhanced the school’s mood.”

The eight-week programme includes:

  • “Week One: Coming Home: Introduction to mindful breathing – and mindful movements like ‘opening the curtains’, ‘the penguin’ and ‘seaweed’.
  • Two: Happiness Here and Now: Exploring the difference in happiness – how material things offer a temporary boost, whereas actions create a sustainable sense of wellbeing. Encouraging children to foster friendships and be kind.
  • Three: Everything for the First Time: Experiencing things freshly in each moment, helping students appreciate newness and things they often take for granted rather than getting stuck in unhelpful habits.
  • Four: All things Rising and Falling: Exploring physical sensations in the body. By now, children are aware their breathing is always rising and falling. Now that’s extended to emotions and how emotional states are ‘triggered’.
  • Five: Moving Still: Using a mind-jar (a glass jar filled with water and glitter) and engaging in the ‘neuron dance’, students learn about the brain and how mindfulness can settle a scattered mind.
  • Six: Kind Heart, Happy Heart: Mindful breathing, sending kind thoughts and practising gratitude.
  • Seven: Everything is Connected to Everything Else: Seeing the different connections between things and how being isolated and alone can be harmful.
  • Eight: Touching Base, Touching stillness: Kids bring in an object that reminds them to practice mindfulness.”

Click here to read the full article.

Workshops for Mental Health Awareness Week | Auckland

For the first time, Mental Health Awareness Week (October 6-12) is featuring workshops to encourage the community to Keep Learning.

From raw food cooking, easy entertaining, terrarium making, printmaking, drawing and spoken word workshops, to a presentation on the Hauora community garden project and a film about food production and seed saving, there’s sure to be something that will take your fancy.

These Auckland-based workshops are being held by the Mental Health Foundation of NZ in conjunction with Nature’s Nutrition, New Zealand Woman’s Weekly, Studio One, Toi Ora Live Art Trust, Lot23, Hauora Garden Project and Nga Taonga Sound and Vision.

There are a range of workshops for both adults and children – perfect for the school holidays.

Any questions or enquiries, email joanne@mentalhealth.org.nz

Click here to find out more about the Auckland workshops. 

Visit the Nationwide Calendar of Events here. 

Like Minds Concert | Wellington | 12 Oct 2013

The Like Minds concert is a fundraising event for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, scheduled for Saturday 12th October at Bodega in Wellington during Mental Health Awareness Week.

The event will showcase multiple performers over the course of approximately six hours.

The line-up includes:

• Samuel Scott & Luke Buda (The Phoenix Foundation)
• Aaron Tokona (Cairo Knife Fight / AhoriBuzz)
• Barnaby Weir (The Black Seeds / Fly My Pretties)
• Adam Ladley & Holly Beals (Family Cactus)
• Matthew Armitage
• Bikini Roulette
• What Noisy Cats

All the artists and crew involved will be giving their time and talents for free, meaning all ticket sales (minus promotion and production costs) will be going directly to the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

Tickets on sale now from undertheradar.co.nz

Find out more on Facebook.

Mental Health Promoter Position at Mental Health Foundation Auckland

Mental Health Promoter – Like Minds, Like Mine

  • 0.8FTE Fixed Term 12 Months
  • Eden Terrace, North Island
  • Applications close 10 July 2013

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand is a leading Charitable Trust, with offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, that aims to improve the mental health of all people and communities of New Zealand. The Foundation works to create a society where all people flourish.

The Mental Health Foundation are seeking to appoint a Mental Health Promoter, Like Minds Like Mine (LMLM) to work to counter stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness primarily across the Northern region.  The position is 0.8FTE fixed term (12 months) to cover maternity leave.

Visit the Mental Health Foundation Website to Find Out More.

MindNet Issue 31 Out

Issue 31 – part one

mindnet.org.nz

In this issue of MindNet Michelle Hull discusses how lack of sleep affects wellbeing and how you can get a better night’s ‘kip’.

Sitting Fit is one way older people can become engaged in exercise. Find out how septuagenarian fitness instructor Shirley Waterfield inspires her classes.

Sophia Graham shares the special meaning ‘neighbourliness’ has for her in light of our recent 3rd annual Neighbours Day (23-24 March).

Vaea Hutchens tells us about a special Christchurch project to empower Māori families who have family members with experience of mental illness.

And, we have a unique opportunity for MindNet readers to view NZ Mental Health Media Grant fellow Guy Frederick’s photojournalism exhibition The Space Between Words. The exhibition is now available online especially for people who have not been able to see it in Christchurch or Wellington.

Guy has the chance to win an Australasian award for this project and would really appreciate your feedback on the exhibition and the inspiring stories that 14 Cantabrians have shared. Once you have viewed the exhibition (or if you have already done so) please share your thoughts by taking the survey.

Finally, the reading list for this issue is about creating a balanced life.

If you can recommend a wellness or mental health promotion service, project or programme that we could feature in MindNet – or would like to contribute an article yourself – please email mindnet@mentalhealth.org.nz

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Press Release: Details Confirmed for Mike King’s Community Korero and Kaitaia College Seminars

Press Release: Engage Aotearoa & Key to Life Charitable Trust

For Immediate Release | 20 Feb 2013

Mike King Visits Kaitaia to Throw Solutions at Suicide 

Popular comedian and radio talk-show host Mike King will visit Kaitaia on the 5th and 6th of March for a series of seminars to reduce suicide in the Far North. On the evening of the 5th, King will lead a Community Korero at Te Ahu, accompanied by musician Ruia Aperahama (What’s the Time Mr Wolf, Southside of Bombay, Songs from the Inside). The following day, King and Aperahama will present two seminars for junior and senior students at Kaitaia College, called It’s Cool to Korero.

In It’s Cool to Korero, King will talk with Kaitaia College students about how he survived growing up. Mike’s is the story of a kid who wanted to fit in. It is about wanting to be part of the cool group but being 4’11 with buck teeth and big ears and needing a miracle to make it happen. Then one day he discovered he had a gift to make people laugh and he went from being bullied, to being liked and then many years later becoming a bully himself. Mike will share tips on how to deal with bullies and also why bullies do what they do. Most of all, he will speak about why it is important to talk rather than “have conversations with yourself.”  King says his main point is that “in life there will always be hurdles and heartbreak, but with perseverance, support and an attitude of hope, great things will happen.”

Mike King’s Community Korero will take place at Te Ahu from 6 – 8 pm on Tuesday the 5th of March. Entry is free and all are welcome. At the Community Korero, King will speak about his battle with depression, addiction and his ongoing journey back to recovery, including the mistakes he made along the way and the things that made a difference. He will discuss the things he learnt from the hard times and how all those mistakes were blessings in disguise. Both talks will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions and share strategies. This is a not-to-be-missed chance for the community to come together and explore how to support our rangatahi and each other to survive and thrive. Stacks of useful free resources will be available for community members to take away for later use. King says, “It is time to stop throwing negatives at the problem of suicide and time to start throwing positives at a solution!”

This initiative was organised by ex-Kaitaia College student, Miriam Larsen-Barr, who operates a mental-health promotion project called Engage Aotearoa and is currently completing a doctorate in clinical psychology in Auckland. Visiting home for the summer, Larsen-Barr was struck by how many sad stories and suicides had happened in the community in the past year.  Larsen-Barr says “I do all this work in other places to promote helpful ways of thinking about mental-health problems and make it easier to approach recovery. It seemed wrong to come home to holiday and not share those resources with the town that grew me.

Mike King is best known for his role as a comedian and host of the Radio Live talk-show The Nutters Club. But King is also involved in The Key to Life Charitable Trust, an organisation that aims to achieve a zero suicide-rate in New Zealand.  King and Larsen-Barr met through their shared passion for preventing suicide (both have been working on projects to tell people’s recovery stories) and when King received the call to make a difference in Kaitaia, he leapt at the chance. King and Aperahama are both donating their time to the cause, The Mental-Health Foundation of NZ is providing additional take-home resources and local organisations Te Runanga o Te Rarawa and The Beachcomber Restaurant have sponsored the initiative to ensure it goes ahead.

More information can be found on Engage Aotearoa’s Mental-Health News and Events Blog at http://www.engagenz.co.nz/?p=3989

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