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reTHiNK Wellbeing Workshop in Auckland and Wellington

reTHinK Wellbeing is an innovative workshop to help you understand mental health, cope better with stress and distress, support others and flourish!

Last Auckland Date – 18th November

Coming to Wellington one day only – 3rd of December 10am- 3pm

The reTHiNK workshop concentrates on building wellbeing skills for yourself, and your workplaces as well as simple tips for supporting others going through stress and distress. Engaging and entertaining activities help workshop participants, experience, understand and empathise with symptoms of mental health challenges that you may not have had personally. It is relevant for any audience.

This year reTHiNK workshops have been facilitated for Peers as well as Police, Manufacturing, Retail, Corporate, Health, Builders, Tertiary, Professional Sport and Actors Equity to name a few, and the good folks at Mind and Body Consultants have received hundreds of handwritten testimonials on the value of these innovative workshops.

Book Now! Registrations Close on November 10th.

Auckland – http://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2015/rethink-madness/auckland/epsom

Wellington –  http://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2015/rethink-well-being/lower-hutt


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

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

Call for abstracts: 2015 Service User Academia Symposium

“Creating Connections & Building Bridges Together One Step Closer” will take place on the 30th of November and the 1st of December 2015 in Auckland.

Presentations will be about any and all aspects of service users involved in mental health education and research, but this year there will be a particular focus on hearing about co-produced work – where service users and others are working as equal partners in all aspects of a mental health research project or teaching programme.

Abstracts are welcome from service users holding academic, education or professional development positions or aspiring to do so, and those (usually non-service users) who promote, support and advocate for these roles in academia and service settings. To submit an abstract please complete the attached form and send to: Dr Sarah Gordon (sarah.e.gordon@otago.ac.nz) by June 12th, 2015.

For further information please contact:
Dr Sarah Gordon, Service User Academic, Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, Wellington, PO Box 7343, Wellington, New Zealand,
ph. 0064 7 8235025/0064 21 134 6816

Skylight 2015 PD Workshop Series

Skylight is excited about the topics they are offering through the 2015 PD workshop series –and they hope you will be too!

Below is the flyer for the first workshop “Conflict in families” being run in their training room on March 11th from 9.30am-12.30pm.

Flyer: TA – Conflict in families

LOCATION: Skylight, 2A Green Street, Wellington
COST: $80.00 Includes morning tea and handouts
EMAIL: pd@skylight-trust.org.nz or phone 0800 299 100 or 04 939 6767 for all queries

To register, go to the online registration site and create a login, then book the workshop/s you are interested in attending.


Also, if you are willing to forward this information to your wider networks and/or put the flyer on a notice board or in a newsletter, it would be appreciated.

Contact: Julie Richards
Skylight | Professional Development
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

Free Workshop and Lunch for Carers | Wellington Dec 2014

Skylight is offering TWO FREE WORKSHOPS to recognise, support  and provide a special experience for people who care for whãnau/family (with disabilities) for no financial gain.

  • Date: 10th and/or 17th December
  • Time: 10:00am-12.30pm
  • Location: Skylight, 2A Green Street, Newtown, Wellington

Are you a Carer of a family member or someone close to you, or perhaps you know someone else who is?

Being a Carer is demanding on a whole lot of levels. Skylight invites you to join two free workshops designed to acknowledge and support you in your important role. Skylight would like to provide a special experience and a great opportunity to connect with others who understand what’s involved.

Facilitator: Sally Jansen van Vuuren is an experienced and caring counsellor working with people of all ages and from all walks of life. Sally has worked as a trainer, educator and consultant, and has developed and facilitated workshops for a range of organisations.

To Register

Send your name, address, phone number and email to RSVP, noting which workshop(s) you will be attending (10th and/or 17th December).

Note: These sessions are FREE for carers who provide care or support for family/whanau members i.e. voluntarily and not for financial gain.

Reimbursement is available for:

  • Carer relief—if you incur costs to enable you to attend
  • Travel—if you are required to drive at least 30kms return

Please provide details at the workshops or by email to pd@skylight-trust.org.nz

If you need care arranged while you attend the workshop, or you have any questions, please contact Aileen Davidson at Skylight on 04 939 8576.

Keep Learning Art Exhibition | Wellington 6-12 October

Kites Trust are celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week (6th – 12th October) in Wellington with an exhibition of works that focus on this year’s theme; ‘Keep Learning’. Come to the opening at Vincents Gallery on Tuesday October 7th between 4pm and 6pm or drop in during business hours any day until Sunday the 12th. All welcome!


Service User Academia Symposium 2014: Creating Connections – Building Bridges Together

Don’t miss this exciting conference to be held on the 1st and 2nd of December 2014, University of Otago, Wellington.

The program will include presentations from the UK, Canada, Norway, Ireland and Scotland, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

Keynote speakers – Dr Sarah Gordon, Service User Academic, University of Otago; and Tane Rangihuna and Sarah O’Connor from Kites Trust.

Service user academic or educator? Interested in being one? A supporter of service-user involvement? Some-one with a broader interest? This conference is for you!

Full registration $200 (NZD)

To register go to: http://www.otago.ac.nz/wellington/departments/psychologicalmedicine/otago074365.html

Wellington, Skylight: “Talking About…” Workshops for Supporters of Children and Young People

The “Talking About…” series of workshops provides professional development for those working in environments where they are supporting children and young people through challenging life events and crises.

Skylight, who runs the workshops, is a national grief support agency that has been running successful training for almost a decade. Skylight’s training facilitators bring a range of professional backgrounds, and provide practical strategies, ideas, suggestions and resources for practitioners.

The next workshop is on Wednesday the 18th of June: Talking About Stress and Anxiety with Madeleine Taylor.

There are also workshops in August, September, and October.

Flyer here.

Workshops are from 9:30am to 12:30pm at Skylight, 2A Green St, Newtown, Wellington. Please allow ample time to find parking.

$80 per workshop. Includes morning tea and handouts.
15% discount available for participants who register for 3 or more workshops at one time.
Registration confirmed on receipt of payment.

To register email pd@skylight-trust.org.nz, or call 0800 299 100 for further information.

Applications for Youthline Wellington’s youth development programme are now open

Youthline Wellington has been running a free Youth Development Programme (YDP) since 2011. The YDP is open to 15 to 18 year olds. The programme is open to young people from many different walks of life. It allows them to explore issues important to them in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

Find more information here.

Contact Youth Development Coordinator Sarah Miller: youthdevelopment.wgtn@youthline.co.nz.

Results Released: NZ Mental Health Service Users Research Priorities

Researchers from the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Otago, Wellington, have released the results of a study that explored what NZ mental-health service-users and tangata whai ora view as priority research areas. Lived experience perspectives on research are important because they help to ensure that the human sciences are studying what matters most to those who are most affected by the research results.

The present document (link below) provides a summary of the results of the study. This includes the demographics of the 153 participants who responded, the top rated and reported general areas of mental health research, the top rated topics of mental health research overall and the highest rated topic within each area. The responses of Māori participants have been analysed and reported as part of the full dataset and as a separate Māori specific dataset. Participants made the most of the option to comment in their own words throughout the questionnaire and this provides a real richness to the data. Hence, through this summary document we have reported a significant amount of that material in support of the descriptive results. We encourage you to disseminate this results summary widely, including through the communication channels of consumer and tāngata whai ora networks specifically, and to promote them whenever, wherever and however you can.