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Open Auditions for The Big reTHiNK at Q Theatre 26 August 2012

The Big reTHiNK at Q Theatre, Auckland (1st – 6th October) is being promoted as a “Mind-altering event” and will launch Mental Health Awareness week this year by putting on a professional stage production showcasing  multi-genres including multimedia, comedy, theatre and music.

The aim is to to use reTHiNK as a vehicle to get audiences and mainstream media to think about mental health issues, challenges and experiences differently through the avenue of entertainment.  

Twelve short plays with individual Directors will be woven with a live session band, well-known stand-up comedians, other performance arts, film and motion graphics to tell a story of the journey through madness and recovery, and they are looking to cast these plays through an open casting session next Sunday the 26th of August 2012.

What do you need to do?

Please prepare a 1-2 minute monologue of your choice that shows of your skills and talent to the best of your ability and register by emailing taimi@mindandbody.co.nz to confirm that you are available for the time commitments and indicate your preference for one of 2 sessions. Session 1,  10am – 12pm or Session 2,  1pm – 3pm. The team will do their best to accommodate your request however they cannot guarantee your chosen time.

You will be emailed back with a form you need to attach a small headshot to, fill in, and bring along with you to the audition. You will also be advised of your allocated session time, the location of the Audition (Central Auckland) and car parking. Keep your car parking receipt in case your audition is successful, in which case you will be reimbursed.

Be prepared to stay for the whole 2 hours of your session. This is a general casting call, so you will be performing in front of other actors and as such will be expected to stay after your audition is complete to support everyone equally.

The team will make the process as informal and comfortable as possible, so do not be afraid.

They are seeking both experienced actors and new emerging talent for the show and openly encourage those with personal experience of mental health challenges to audition.

You may wish to look at the roles they are casting in case you would like to tailor your audition

The Big reTHiNK is produced by Mind and Body Consultants as part of the Like Minds, Like Mine Campaign to reduce stigma and discrimination associated with mental ill health and is supported by Mindfood Magazine andThe Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

Want to Work for an International Leader in the Service-User Movement?

A varied administration role, contributing to a better world, which leaves half your week free.

Mind and Body are looking for a dedicated, experienced and personable administrator to join our Business Services Team. The role covers reception duties through to accounts payable/receivable and payroll.

Mind and Body Consultants Ltd is an internationally recognised leader in the mental health sector. They are an innovative, entrepreneurial company that provides excellent values-based mental health services. The majority of their staff have personal experience of mental distress; they value the learning that can be gained from these experiences. The Business Services Team is an integral support system in ensuring the smooth and efficient running of services.

The ideal person will:

  • Be passionate about maintaining operational efficiency
  • Be a warm communicator and a people person
  • Be able to multi-task and prioritise
  • Be able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Hold a positive, non-discriminatory attitude towards the experience of mental distress
  • Be passionate about health and safety systems that go beyond compliance
  • Have a high degree of accuracy
  • Have intermediate level skills in the MS Office suite

What Mind and Body can offer you:

  • A varied role that covers the gamut of administration
  • A positive, unique and dynamic work environment
  • Exemplary staff support systems
  • Newly renovated Epsom office location
  • The opportunity to contribute to making a positive difference in the world through helping to achieve the company’s mission.

Experience in accounts payable/receivable and payroll a distinct advantage.
This is a job share position covering the latter half of the week. The successful candidate will need to be available to cover the rest of the week when the job share person is on annual leave, is unwell, or by mutual agreement.

If you are interested in this position, please contact Eileen Yousif for an application form or more information: eileen@mindandbody.co.nz Applications close at 3pm on Thursday the 31st of May.

Thriving Lives Workshop Info Update for 6 July 2012

The following email advertisement was sent out earlier this week with a slight error in the stated cost, this has been corrected below. The workshop costs $25 for people who are not working and $50 for people who are working. You will receive a participant handbook and will leave with a specific plan for what to do next to start putting it all into action.

Thriving Lives Workshop 

Thriving Lives introduces the practices associated with happiness and flourishing and then gives you a chance to use the Thriving Lives Worksheet to figure out how you can build those practices into your own daily life. Thriving Lives is an original Engage Aotearoa framework based on the latest research in positive psychology combined with a personal perspective of recovery.

Next Public Session: 6 July 2012 at Mind and Body Consultants Ltd, 395A Manukau Road, Epsom, Auckland.

Cost: $25 unwaged / $50 waged. 50% discount for Mind and Body Peer Support service-users.

Click here to read and save a copy of the Thriving Lives Information Sheet

Click here to save and complete the Thriving Lives Workshop Enrolment Form. 

Like Minds Big reTHiNK Opens

The Like Minds Big reTHiNK is Go for Launch!

This year, you can be part of a month-long international arts festival with a mental health twist. Like Minds want your help to create a global mind-altering series of events THIS OCTOBER!

The Like Minds Big reTHiNK launches on March 1stand dares creative people from around the world to submit entertaining, engaging and thought provoking “scripts” for a public event that reduces the stigma associated with mental illness / unwellness / distress / being human.  A ‘script’ is just the written down version of an idea, to allow a third party to perform it.

The best ‘scripts’ will receive a Big reTHiNK Script Award designed by New Zealand Sculptor Frank Woodward, be professionally produced for The Big reTHiNK event at Q Theatre on the 2nd to the 6th of October 2012 and be published in The Big reTHiNK book. All remaining scripts that have met the challenge will go into a pool to be provided to registered Regional Event Organisers around the world for the production of Regional reTHiNK events from the 7th – 30th October 2012. Performers, directors and crew members can register their interest in being involved in their area, so truly everyone can take part.

The outcome is a month of mind-altering events that improve public attitudes as they entertain. Visit the brand new reTHiNK website from March 1st to find out more and register your interest. www.rethink.org.nz

Key Dates Key Milestones
01 March Script Submissions Open
30 May Script Submissions Close
30 June Script Selections for The Big reTHiNK and Regional reTHiNK Script Pool are announced
Regional Event Organiser Registration Deadline
Performer, Crew & Director Expressions of Interest Deadline
9 July – 9 Aug Casting Period for Regional reTHiNK Events: 9 August Submit Cast List to reTHiNK
10 Aug – 6 Oct Rehearsal Period for Regional reTHiNK Events
26 August Open Casting Call for The Big reTHiNK at The Vault, Q Theatre
30 August The Big reTHiNK Cast Announcements
1 September Major Promotions Period Begins
The Big reTHiNK  Rehearsal Period Begins
1 October The Big reTHiNK Pack-In and Tech Rehearsal at Q Theatre – Rangatira Stage
2 October The Big reTHiNK Invite-Only Opening Event at Q Theatre – Rangatira Stage
3 – 5 October The Big reTHiNK Public Performances at Q Theatre – Rangatira Stage
6 October The Big reTHiNK Charity Awards Gala at Q Theatre – Rangatira Stage
7 –  30 October The Like Minds reTHiNK Regional Events [Note: Mental Health Awareness Week is 8 – 14 October]




Thriving Lives: 6 July 2012

Advanced Notice

Engage Aotearoa is running another of their popular Thriving Lives Workshops at Mind and Body Consultants in Epsom on 6 July 2012.

  • Time: 1 – 4 pm / Check-in at 12:45
  • Location: 395 A Manukau Road, Epsom
  • Enroll by 5 July 2012
  • Cost $25 (unwaged) and $50 (waged). 50% discount for Mind and Body Consultants peer support service-users

The information sheet and enrolment form are available online.

Thriving Lives helps you understand the practices associated with a flourishing life and build an individualised, practical picture of how you can begin to create that for yourself.

Venue proudly sponsored by Mind and Body Consultants Ltd.

Maori Mental Health Advisor Wanted

Tawhiti rawa tou haerenga ake te kore haere tonu Nui rawa ou mahi nui tonu

You have come too far, not to go further. You have done too much, not to do more.

Maori Mental Health Advisor at Mind and Body Consultants

  • Looking for a challenging and exciting role where you can make a difference?
  • Where your knowledge of Te Ao Maori and tikanga will be invaluable?
  • Where you can use your personal experience of mental health services?

Come and work for Mind and Body Consultants Ltd, an internationally recognised leader in the mental health sector. We are an innovative, entrepreneurial company that provides values-based mental health services.

We are looking for a tangata wha-i-te-ora advisor to provide Maori and mainstream mental health services with advice from the perspective of tangata whai-i-te-ora of mental health services. The role also involves advising the organisation on tikanga, kawa and Te Ao Maori and leading the Maori reference group. This position is a fixed term one.

We are a mainstream organisation that provides specialist advice to Auckland District Health Board Mental Health Services, from the perspective of people who experience mental illness and have been ‘consumers’ of such services. Our consumer advisor team is a supportive, passionate group of individuals, all with personal experience of mental illness. Coming from a variety of backgrounds, we are a dynamic team, where there is always something more to learn.

The person we are looking for will:

  • have personal experience of mental illness and use of services
  • have extensive knowledge of Te Ao Maori, tikanga and kawa
  • have a good understanding of critical issues for tangata whai-i-te-ora / service users.
  • be an intelligent and confident communicator, both written and oral.
  • be a critical reflective thinker
  • be able to work independently and as part of a supportive multicultural team
  • have their own transport
  • be mature and able to hang in there when the going gets tough
  • have good computer literacy

An understanding of systemic advocacy is an advantage.

If you are interested in this position, please contact admin@mindandbody.co.nz for an application form and additional information.

Enquiries about the nature of the position should be directed to John Barker 09 630 5909 ext. 804.

Applications close 4pm March 12th.

The Like Minds Big reTHiNK

Making Stigma-Reduction a World-Wide Event

The Like Minds team at Mind and Body Consultants and The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand have partnered to create The Like Minds Big reTHiNK. The Like Minds Big reTHiNK  is a global challenge for the world-wide community to get involved in producing destigmatising creative, public events.

The Like Minds Big reTHiNK builds on the successes of previous reTHiNK Grant projects like the 24-Hour reTHiNK Theatre Challenge from Titirangi Theatre in 2010 and the reTHiNK Possible Worlds multimedia stage show from The Literatti in 2011. In 2012 it is being taken to the next level. This year, everyone can take part, regardless of where they live or what their level of experience is.

Early in March, a dedicated website will be launched and submissions will open for any kind of creative “script” that reduces stigma – a “script” can be any publishable creative piece. It might be a dance piece, a series of performance poems, visual art, a one-act play, a short-film or anything in between. The best scripts will be chosen for The Big reTHiNK – the 2-hour stage-show that kicks off the challenge with a charity awards gala and series of public performances. The remaining scripts form a pool for Regional reTHiNK Event Organisers to stage in their own communities during the month of October. People can then register to perform, direct or be a crew member for The Big reTHiNK or a Regional reTHiNK Event happening near them.

The Big reTHiNK will be professionally staged atAuckland’s newest, most modern performance space, Q Theatre, onQueen Street. The entire space is disability accessible – even the lighting cat-walks, so this really is a project that anyone can volunteer to be part of. The Big reTHiNK from October 2nd  – October 6th will warm the community up for Mental Health Awareness Week as well as launch and promote the Regional Like Minds reTHiNK Events taking place from October 7th – 30th.

Already MindAustralia in Melbourne and Like Minds allies inNew Yorkhave registered to host an event in their region – so The Like Minds reTHiNK Challenge is already shaping up to be a global event that reaches the widest audience ever.

All Tangata Whaiora are encouraged to spread the word amongst your communities to get involved. Anyone can submit scripts, approach local theatres, gallery spaces or cinemas and get them to sign up to host a Like Minds reTHiNK Challenge event or link your planned Mental-Health Awareness Week activities with the challenge for added exposure.

Additional sponsorship is being sought to fund prizes, venue costs and the publication of The Big reTHiNK scripts as a Like Minds resource for the future, so if you or anyone else you know might be keen to be a sponsor please let us know!

The new reTHiNK website goes live in a mere few weeks and all guidelines and submission forms will be available there. In the meantime, please visit www.rethink.org.nz or contact likeminds@mindandbody.co.nz for more information.

The reTHiNK Challenge Gears Up for 2012

It’s official! Like Minds will be running a reTHiNK challenge again in 2012, and they’re looking for a theme.

Visit www.rethink.org.nz  and “leave a reply” to comment on your idea for a performance event “Theme” or “Catch Phrase” that will challenge the myths and stereotypes of Mental Illness (in 2010 it was “M.A.D. – It’s a matter of degree”, in 2011 it was “We are all human beings navigating the maze of life”).

They will be inviting submissions from venues, writers, performers of any persuasion, directors, filmmakers, comedians and crew from everywhere in March 2012 so make sure you are signed up (top right of their website) to receive updates so that they can invite you to get involved when the time is right.

Please let your networks know about this exciting opportunity.

Proudly supported by Mind and Body Consultants Ltd and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand as part of the Like Minds, Like Mine programme to reduce stigma and discrimination.

An Unmissable Mental-Health Awareness Week Event

reTHiNK Possible Worlds

We are all human beings navigating the maze of life.

Emerging and established talents from five different creative fields come together in a one hour collaborative display that is sure to leave even the most cynical amongst us uplifted.

A cross-genre collaboration of ambitious proportions – Dance, live music, performance poetry, visual art and film are interwoven to tell the powerful story of multiple characters as they navigate their way out of mental unwellness and rethink their possible worlds.

Get your tickets now!


Only three chances to see the show across two days during Mental Health Awareness Week

  • 8:00 – 10:00 pm Friday October 14th |
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm Saturday October 15th |
  • 5:00 – 7:00 pm Saturday October 15th 

At Galatos, Main Room, 17 Galatos Street, Auckland Central

Tickets just $10 from The Literatti’s website, with limited door sales available for each session.

Take the Facebook Quiz to find out which reTHiNK character YOU are! 

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