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In Touch e-Journal Summer 2012

The latest issue of In Touch from The Mental Health Foundation of NZ is out now. Read about what has been happening at The Foundation over summer and what is on the upcoming horizons.


Senior Communications Officer Wanted Auckland

The Mental Health Foundation of NZ seeks a Senior Communications Officer for their Auckland office.

Closing date for applications are Tuesday 7th February 2012.

More information on their website.

YouthworX Meeting on Flourishing Youth Mental Health: 8 Dec 2011

The next YouthworX network meeting will be held on Thursday the 8th December from 1.00-3.00 pm at PHAB, 8 Auburn Street, Takapuna.

The theme is Flourishing Youth Mental Health:  Raising Awareness and Acceptance of Difference, and the meeting will be co-facilitated by the Mental Health Foundation.

Topics are likely to include:

  • It’s all about connection – helping young people find meaning and purpose to reduce the risk factor of suicide
  • Celebrating the good work our youth workers/service organisations are already doing to save lives – not focusing on the negative aspects, i.e. suicide
  • Supporting the families – mental health issues typically extend to the families as well
  • Young people need to “step up” and access services themselves – how do we support this engagement?
  • Sharing of resources – instead of complaining about the lack of services available to our young people, let’s find out what is already there and what is working – particularly peer support groups

A light lunch will be provided.  For catering purposes, can you please advise by 1 December if you will be attending.

RSVP to Lisa Noonan lisa@youthworx.org.nz

‘How Do We Talk About Suicide’ Conference Footage Now Online

The sessions and keynote speeches from this year’s “How Do We Talk About Suicide?” conference from SPINZ are now online to view along with transcripts.

Over 400 people attended this year’s suicide prevention conference, the largest attendance ever for a SPINZ event, and the project hopes to reach an even wider audience with these online recordings.

Those who attended the conference were asked to fill in an evaluation in order to help SPINZ make improvements for future events.

If you have time, they would also like those of you who either watched the live stream or have viewed the online recordings to fill in an evaluation.  You can find the link for that here.

Age-Friendly Cities Seminar with Dr Alex Kalache

Global Age-Friendly Cities Seminar

With International Guest Speaker Dr Alex Kalache

  • Monday November 14 2011
  • NZI Room, Aotea Centre
  • 50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland Central
  • 10.00am– 12:00pm

Biography – Dr Alexandre Kalache pioneered “active ageing” at the World Health Organization as head of the Ageing and Life Course Programme from 1995 to 2007. He now heads the International Centre for Policies on Ageing, Brazil, is a special adviser for global ageing to the New York Academy of Medicine and a member of the advisory board of the World Demographic and Ageing Forum.


10 am

Welcome: Master of Ceremonies Dr Greg Morgan

10.15 am

Seminar: International Guest Speaker Dr Alex Kalache: Global Age Friendly Cities

11 am

Question and Answer session: Dr Kalache will be available to take questions from the floor

11.30 am – 12.00pm

Light Lunch and Intergenerational play equipment opportunity

RSVP to Age Concern Auckland

Postal address: PO Box 19542 Avondale Auckland 1746
Physical address: 57 Rosebank Road, Auckland
Telephone: 09 820 0184, Facsimile: 09 828 1660
Email: ageconcern@ageconak.org.nz

Parking is available at the Civic Car Park: Please visit the page below for a map and information on car park charges:


Supported by The Mental Health Foundation of NZ, Age Concern and Auckland Council. 

Health & Disability Meeting about Coping with Anxiety & Depression

MECOSS Health & Disability Cluster Meeting 

  • Wednesday 16th November 2011
  • 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm
  • (Feel free to bring your lunch – refreshments will be available)
  • ‘Coping with Anxiety/Depression’


  • Rudy Bakker, Mental Health & Wellbeing Programme Co-ordinator, East Health Trust PHO
  • Ivan Yeo, Mental Health Promoter, Mental Health Foundation of NZ

The presentation will cover: 

  • Identifying stressors as a platform
  • Presentation on ‘Attitudes’
  • The concept of ‘Flourishing’
  • Looking at problem solving/coping strategies for the identified stressors

Resources will be provided for participants to take away

Venue:  Haseler Hall, under All Saints Church, cnr Selwyn Street & The Glebe, Howick

(Free parking is available in the All Saints Carpark, situated off The Glebe, Howick)

Cost:  MECOSS paid-up Members FREE;  Non-Members $5

(Cash payable at door – correct money would be appreciated as we do not have change) 

All Welcome! 

Please register attendance to: admin@mecoss.org.nz

Job Opportunities at The Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand has two new exciting opportunities to work within their team:

The Suicide Prevention Information Development Manager will report to the Chief Executive and is based in their Auckland office. This role will lead the development and implementation of the Suicide Prevention Information Programme of the Mental Health Foundation.

The Resource Development Officer role is Wellington based and requires facilitation and consultation with a range of key Maori stakeholders, ensuring involvement and advice from Te Rau Matatini and Kia Piki Te Ora Coordinators in close liaison with the Kaitakawaenga Maori Suicide Prevention Development Manager.

If one of these sounds like you, or someone you know, please take a look at the advertisements or pass the message on!

Press Release: Media Grant Deadline Extended

2011 NZ Mental Health Media Grants: extended until 31 October

The deadline for the 2011 Mental Health Media Grants has been extended until 31 October 2011 and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, who administer the grants, are encouraging those who missed the original deadline to submit an application.

The promotion that usually accompanies the annual Media Grant application process hasn’t been as successful for the 2011 Grants as in previous years – possibly due to the national focus on the Rugby World Cup.

So, anyone who has a good idea for this year’s NZ Mental Health Media Grants – but missed the deadline – should take the opportunity this extension provides, and go to www.mediagrants.org.nz to submit an application.

Interested applicants can apply for either a journalism grant of up to $6,000 OR a photojournalism grant of up to $10,000.

Proposals for the journalism project should focus on ideas that promote mental health and wellbeing.

Proposals for the photojournalism project should focus on ideas for positive images and stories that reflect Christchurch individuals, organisations and communities working together to rebuild their city and flourish again.

The completed project will promote ways of keeping well, how to recover in/after a crisis and how to support one another to change for the better.

Both projects enable people with experience of mental health issues – or those who have an interest or personal connection with mental health issues – to tell their stories and inform the public about mental health experiences.

It is important that all project proposals also increase understanding of, and reduce stigma and discrimination around, mental distress.

Go to www.mediagrants.org.nz for more information and to view and download the application pack. For more information, please email info@mediagrants.co.nz

The 2011 NZ Mental Health Media Grants are proudly supported by the Frozen Funds Charitable Trust and the Mental Health Commission of New Zealand.

Applications close Monday 31 October


For more information, please contact Cate Hennessy, Media Grants Coordinator on ph 021 687 426 or email: cate@onceuponatime.co.nz

Fiesta In The Park: 8 October 2011

An exciting event to kick off Mental Health Awareness in the heart of Auckland City!  Music, entertainment, food and good old fashioned fun for the whole family!

And don’t forget to check out the Facbook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fiesta-in-the-Park/201107646622637

Blow the Whistle on Domestic Violence

Watch the Blow the Whistle Campaign Video here.

The ‘Blow The Whistle‘ campaign is a Mental Health Foundation initiative highlighting the Rugby World Cup event as a way of drawing attention to domestic violence, one of the main causes of mental health trauma in our society today.

It is also widespread.  One in three women said they had experienced family violence in their lifetimes as part of a 2004 study interviewing over 2000 women in Auckland and the Waikato (1).

Another more recent US study (August 2011) showed that if a woman was exposed to 3 or 4 types of violence (like  rape, sexual assault and stalking), the rate of mental disorders went up by 77.3%: for anxiety it went up by 52.5%, for mood disorder 56.2%, and suicide attempts went up 34.7%

When it comes to big sports events like the Rugby World Cup, the amount of violence against women and children goes up! A recent report from the United Kingdom states that incidents of family violence increase by as much as 30% on the days of England’s fixtures during the 2006 FIFA World Cup (3). A recent NZ paper states ‘…for some women and children, the Rugby World Cup may bring increased risks of violence, abuse and neglect’.(4)

So the risk to mental health issue is big and it’s likely to get bigger once the Cup is underway!

What can we do?

  • Talk about it where you work or within groups you run.
  • Put up posters: order them free from info@blowthewhistle.org.nz . There are also some whistles and coasters available at a cost.
  • Write a letter to the local newspaper
  • Support the campaign at any matches you attend.

Go to  www.blowthewhistle.co.nz for more information.


  1. Fanslow J, Robinson E. Violence against women in New Zealand: prevalence and health consequences. N Z Med J. 2004;117(1206).
  2. Rees S Silove D et al. (2011) Lifetime Prevalence of Gender-based Violence in Women and Relationship with Mental Disorders and Psychosocial Function JAMA  August 3 2011– Volume 306, No 5
  3. Palmer C (2011) Violence Against Women and Sport: A Literature Review Trust for London
  4. Hager D. Woolson Neville D (2011) ‘Mitigating the risk of men’s violence against women increasing during the Rugby World Cup ‘ retrieved from http://www.2shine.org.nz/sports-and-domestic-abuse