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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.

Skylight Workshops

Skylight’s workshop, Talking About, ‘Online bullying and online issues with children and young people’ is on Thursday 4th June | 9.30am-12.30pm. The topics that will be discussed are: a quick look at security and scams, what children and young people are doing online, how we can help them be as safe as possible, some challenges they will need to manage. There will be plenty of chances to ask questions, discuss problems and look at some resources.

Skylight’s workshop, Talking About, ‘A therapeutic pathway into mindfulness for children’ is on Friday 10th July | 9.30am-5pm. This workshop will explore mindfulness relating to our own personal practice and then the practical applications to children and young people, both at an individual and class level; draw on John’s research; and share the learnings relating to emotional awareness and resilience, cognitive awareness and social skills with children. It will be relevant to teachers, social workers, counsellors and psychologists working with children.

To register, please complete the attached registration form.

If you have any questions, please email pd@skylight-trust.org.nz

Contact:
Julie Richards
Skylight | Professional Development Administrator
2A Green Street | Newtown | Wellington 6021 | New Zealand
PO Box 7309 | Newtown | Wellington 6242 | New Zealand
+64 (0)4 939 6767 | Tel 0800 299 100 | DD +64 (0)4 909 7395 | Fax +64 (0)4 939 4759
www.skylight.org.nz | www.travellers.org.nz

Exhibition at Studio One Toi Tu explores Mindfulness | Auckland 26 Nov – 18 Dec 2014

A new exhibition opens this week on Ponsonby Road with relevance to mental well-being and creative thinking.

NOW
Opens Wednesday 26 November, 5-7 PM

Studio One Toi Tu (Formerly Art Station)
1 Ponsonby Road, Auckland
Exhibition runs until December 18th.

To quote the artists’ statement: “The concept of Mindfulness, which is rooted in Buddhism, is the cornerstone of this exhibition by photographic artist Faye Norman and poet Miriam Barr. In contemporary society Mindfulness has been expanded into psychotherapy, and as an everyday tool for people to apply to deal with issues such as stress. Now presents works that are the result of collaborative investigations by the two artists involving the integration of mindfulness and creative process.”

StudioOne_NOW_Postcard

Gallery Opening Hours :

Mon – Thu 9am – 7pm
Fri 9am – 5pm
Sat 9am – 4pm
Sun Closed

Gallery Contact:

studioone@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
09 376 3221
www.studioone.org.nz
facebook.com/studioonetoitu

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.

Mindfulness champion on Take It From Us Radio | 30 Sep 2014

On Tuesday 30 September,  tune into Take it From Us to hear from to a young psychologist who is a champion of alternative natural therapies, especially mindfulness, to manage mental health. Special guest Vikki Baird has already done some hard yards in mental health and gained some insights as a result of working in intensive residential rehabilitation.

Listen live on 104.6FM at 12.30pm or online www.planetaudio.org.nz

OR if you missed the broadcast, listen for the next seven days: www.planetaudio.org.nz/takeitfromus

And don’t forget the Facebook page @ Facebook.com and type ‘take it from us’ in the search box; contact Sheldon.brown@framework.org.nz for any feedback and comment/suggestions for shows.

Highlights from the Engage Facebook Page

Here are a few of the posts shared on the Engage Aotearoa Facebook Page in the last few weeks.

Free Public Lecture | Mindfulness in Everyday Life | 6 March 2013

The School of Education invite you to a public lecture by Dr James Carmody

Mindfulness in Everyday Life

John Lennon once sang about life being what happens to us while we are busy making other plans. Being fully present for our lives entails recognising the realms of experience in which our attention and awareness is getting caught, and those we are avoiding or missing. Mindfulness is a profoundly simple and accessible way of recognizing these ingrained habits of attending; a recognition that has been shown to result in lasting improvements in well-being and quality of life. Dr Carmody will describe his work on the psychological and neural processes associated with these everyday perceptual changes.

Dr James Carmody is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioural Medicine at the University of Massachusetts. Dr Carmody, a New Zealander, has studied and practiced Zen, Tibetan, Therevada and Advaita traditions in a number of countries. He teaches mindfulness courses with the goal of conceptualising mindfulness in a straight forward, jargon-free and accessible way

Date: Wednesday 6 March 2013
Time: 7pm to 8.30pm
Place: AUT, Building AF 114, Akoranga Campus

For further information please contact:
Ross Bernay on 09 921 9999 ext 7909 or ross.bernay@aut.ac.nz

This public lecture is free of charge
Pay and display parking is available