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Making Sense of Madness Lecture w/ Professor John Read

Professor John Read, Psychology Dept, University of Auckland would like to invite you all to his Inaugural Lecture (for new Professors). Please pass this on to others who might be interested. It is a public lecture – open to all.

  •  Wednesday November 2nd
  • 5.30pm for refreshments, 6pm for lecture.
  • Lecture Theatre 732.201, Tāmaki Campus, University of Auckland.

Title of Lecture: MAKING SENSE OF MADNESS

Hearing voices and believing that people are out to get you are sometimes described as ‘symptoms’ of ‘schizophrenia’ –  one of an array of ‘mental illnesses’ supposedly caused by genetic predispositions and biochemical imbalances.

Recent research, however, shows that ‘schizophrenia’ is an unscientific construct, that there is no robust evidence of a genetic predisposition, and that hallucinations and delusions are best conceptualized as understandable reactions to adverse life events and circumstances. Furthermore, studies from all over the world indicate that the public, including patients and their family members, already holds this ‘psycho-social’ model of mental health.

This lecture presents research (including University of Auckland studies) linking psychosis to poverty, loss and trauma, and describes how the findings challenge the simplistic and pessimistic bio-genetic ideology which, with the support of the pharmaceutical industry, currently dominates mental health research and services.

Free Online Seminars for Young Adults & Parents

Free Webinars for Teens, Young Adults & Their Parents

A webinar is an online seminar, but instead of going to a conference room somewhere you can take part from the comfort of your home, office or local library – anywhere that there is a computer with internet access!

These sessions are brought to you by a company called MIOMO, which stands for ‘Making It On My Own’. MIOMO is all about empowering young New Zealanders with the skills they need to live flourishing, independent lives.

Webinar 1 – From Mistakes to Maturity!

Monday 17th October 7:30- 8:30pm

Mistakes can make us or break us. Learn how to turn bad decisions into great character. Understand the process for healing self-esteem, regaining confidence and restoring relationships.

Webinar 2 – Prepare your World for 2012

Tuesday 25th October 7:30- 8:30pm

Leaving school is an exciting but challenging time. Teens need new skills and the mindset to be competitive and successful in the adult world.

Learn what has to change and how to go about it so the whole family is happy!

Presented by:

Yvonne Godfrey – Young Adult expert & Founder of MIOMO

(10 Day Live-in course on independent living for 17 -24 year olds)

To register for these FREE webinars go to: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/346575465

For more info on Miomo or the Webinarswww.miomo.co.nz

Call Yvonne on 09 413 9777 or 027 249 5444

Equipping Communities: Thriving Lives for Supporters

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and we just wanted to take a moment to send a wee reminder out about our upcoming Thriving Lives for Supporters Workshop. We think one of the reasons we have such a high rate of suicide is because we don’t have enough tools for talking about or building wellbeing and happiness and the other positive experiences associated with mental health.

Thriving Lives is a worksheet tool to help people understand how they practice mental health in their own lives and what they could add to their picture. Thriving Lives Workshops teach people to use this tool to improve their wellbeing.

Feedback on the Thriving Lives Workshop shows this approach helps people to:

  • feel less alone
  • acknowledge their strengths
  • recharge their sense of hope
  • form new understandings
  • develop practical strategies for improvements

We’ll be running a repeat session on October 11th. More information about that is on our website. It doesn’t stop there though. People need supportive, informed communities to help them on their way. Our next step is about training the wider community to support people to put this approach into action.

Thriving Lives for Supporters equips supporters of all kinds to use this approach in their own lives and with the people they support. Whether you are a family-member of someone who is dealing with stress or mental unwellness, a friend, a colleague or a professional who works in the mental-health sector, this workshop is for you.

You’ll be pleased to know we’ve extended the early-bird enrolment period to September 16th, so there’s a few days left to take advantage of the discounted rate.


Any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’re happy to offer a group discount if there are a few people enrolling together. 

Click here to open a copy of the information sheet.

Contact us to enrol. 

Free Psychoeducation about Supporting & Sharing

Yan Oi Sei presentsFREE Psychoeducation Session every month

September’s session is on Supporting & Sharing

10:00am, Tuesday 6th September 2011

East Health Trust, Building B, 260 Botany Road, Howick.

The session will be held in Cantonese/Mandarin.  Interpreters will be available


Share your perspective with reTHiNK Possible Worlds

Possible Worlds Youtube Competition Flyer

Be part of reTHiNK Possible Worlds with The Literatti and you could win an awesome IDEOS X5 Smartphone worth $500 thanks to 2Degree mobile!

The main point is being part of a powerful project for social change, but you also get a fantastic opportunity to showcase your work and your perspective, as well as the chance to win a flash new piece of technology to help you stay connected!

All you need to do is make a video response to the statement ‘We are all human beings navigating the maze of life’.

You can make anything from a simple journal-piece in front of your web-cam to a moving image work of art, a spoken word performance piece, a music video or a short film.

Entries close on September 11th – so it’s time to get creating!

Visit www.theliteratti.com to check out the reTHiNK Possible Worlds guidelines and upload your entry.

Proudly funded by a 2011 reTHiNK Grant from Like Minds, Like Mine at Mind and Body Consultants Ltd.



“It’s a Mad Mad World” now available to watch online!

Congratulations Morningside Productions and Mind and Body Consultants on an incredible documentary valuing the experience of mental distress. You might recognise Miriam as one of the six people featured in this documentary talking about the value of their experiences. 

The half hour documentary, in 2 parts is now available to watch online here –

It’s a Mad Mad World Part 1

Its a Mad Mad World Part 2