Engage Aotearoa

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. 

NEW Online NZ Resources for Bullying

Two innovative new bully-focused resources now available for school, community and professional use from Skylight.

With bullying causing deep and ongoing concerns in our New Zealand and Australian communities and schools, Skylight want to let you and your colleagues know that they have  just launched 2 new support resources to assist bullying prevention in both countries.

The new booklet WHO ME? (for 10-17 yr olds) focuses on the bully, giving them better understanding about what bullying is, insights into its effects on themselves as a bully and those bullied, and key steps to help them to stop their bullying behaviour.

When the Bully is Your Child is an 8 page booklet for parents and carers who aren’t sure how best to respond to their own child’s bullying.

These resources are best-evidence and best-practise based, as culturally inclusive as possible and easy to read. Both will be useful for those whose who teach or work with young people and all who work towards bullying prevention in schools, communities and families in any way.

Skylight bullying support resources can be found here. http://www.skylight.org.nz/Shop/Bullying

As a national, not for profit charity, Skylight produce high quality NZ resource tools to support children, teens, adults and their families through life’s tough times welcome partnerships with others to ensure our community is well resourced with the information tools they need the most.(www.skylight.org.nz )


Tricia Irving Hendry | Skylight | Deputy Chief Executive
PO Box 7309
Wellington 6242

04 909 7396 (DD)
021 987 995 (Cell)

0800 299 100




Chatters Newsletter

Chatters is the in-house magazine for Crossroads Clubhouse. They release this Bi-monthly and the articles reflect the experiences of our community as well as the thoughts/stories/poetry of their members.

Hosted here.

Crossroads Clubhouse is an excellent service-user led support option. Find out more in The Community Resources Directory.

Thriving Lives Workshop on 17 August is Full

Enrolments for the August 17th session of Thriving Lives closed yesterday and we’re pleased to report an almost full session! Seventeen people are now looking forward to gathering in a week and a half to develop some new ways to improve their experience of wellbeing.

The next Thriving Lives Workshop will be on 11 October at Youthline House – so if you missed out this time, you can enrol in the October session any time until September 30th.

Contact us for an enrolment form. 

Thriving Lives August 17th Flyer



Case Study on Engage Aotearoa in the latest issue of MindNet

Click the link below to read the Case Study on Engage Aotearoa in the latest issue of MindNet (issue 23), the quarterly e-journal by the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.


In this issue, Engage Aotearoa service-director Miriam Larsen-Barr discusses how Engage Group got started, what the programme is all about and how it effects people – among other things.


The Coping Kete’s First Birthday

We are celebrating

It is The Coping Kete’s one year anniversary today!

We just posted the 52nd weekly strategy so you can now find a new coping strategy to try out every week of the year.

And it won’t be ending here. We have just gotten started.

Join us at the Regional Consumer Network Monthly Forum on Thursday July 21st for the official celebration and launch of our new website.  Mahitahi Trust and the AKINA Peer Support Programme will also be presenting on the day.  Mark it on your calendar – 21st of July 9:30 – 12:30 at Western Springs Community Garden Hall.


Lets’s get real: Leadership Development

Let’s get real

Leadership Development for the Service User Workforce

This workshop will prepare workshop participants to get the best out of Let’s get real in your work and how you can use the framework to question and influence the improvement of mental health and addiction services.

The workshop will present to you ways of utilising the Let’s get real framework and resources to support your leadership development by enhancing your role and gain the necessary knowledge and skills to improve the systems and processes that direct mental health and addiction service delivery.

By the end of the day workshop participants will have:

  • increased understanding of the Let’s get real framework and seven Real Skills
  • understand how to utilise Let’s get real and make use of the resources to enhance your role and work
  • opportunities to inform workforce development for the service user workforce

Workshop Dates / Venue/ Time

Millennium Hotel Rotorua    Friday 17th June 2011

Scenic Hotel Dunedin          Friday 24th June 2011

Rendezvous Hotel Auckland  Tuesday 28th June 2011

Workshops will start at 9:30am and finish at 12:30am with a light lunch to follow


To register contact Jacqueline Jones jacqueline.jones@tepou.co.nz (09) 301 3723



Carolyn Swanson – Service User Workforce Manager Carolyn.swanson@tepou.co.nz

David Bradley – Project lead NGO workforce development david.bradley@tepou.co.nz


We Care Campaign


Please click through to the We Care! campaign website and have a say for family carers.

Click ‘Email John Key’ to send a message fo the Prime Minister asking him to take a direct interest in the needs and welfare of New Zealand’s 420,000+ family, whanau, and aiga carers.


May-June Issue of ‘Chatters’ is Out!

Follow the link below to read the May-June issue of Chatters – the latest newsletter from Crossroads Clubhouse. We love the work they do there.

Open Chatters Here

Still under construction but we are getting there…

An ‘interesting’ day last weekend taking photographs of the sky. All will be revealed. Let’s just say our service director has confronted her fear of heights! Small heights. But small steps count right?

We have spent some time with a web consultant and our new look and feel is on its way.