Engage Aotearoa

About Engage

Engage Aotearoa is a service-user led, recovery promotion project with one simple aim: help make it easier for people to find what they need to recover from a mental-health problem or support someone they care about.

Engage Aotearoa was created by Miriam Larsen-Barr and Daniel Larsen-Barr in 2009. Miriam wrote the content out of her Master’s research, which explored the outcomes of a transdiagnostic anxiety support programme she designed and implemented at Youthline in 2008 called Engage Group. Engage Group was informed by the research literature filtered through service-user perspectives gleaned from Miriam’s own recovery journey, her work within community support services, and her time within the service-user movement. Daniel taught himself how to build websites to create an online home for the resources that grew out of the group. We were joined by several different volunteers over the years and even tried to operate as a charity for a while, but as life grew busier we no longer had time for all the administrative tasks this entailed and things needed to be simplified. Daniel taught Miriam what she needed to know to manage the website on her own and Engage Aotearoa returned to its original form as a self-funded voluntary initiative, with the addition of a small private practice.

Many thanks to the people who have been part of the Engage Aotearoa journey

  • Daniel Larsen-Barr
  • Diane Hewitt
  • Michelle Bolton Durey
  • Sheree Veysey
  • Taimi Allan
  • Emma Edwards
  • Catherine Beyer
  • Ken Larsen