What do psychiatrists really think?

The Like Minds team at Mind and Body Consultants is contracted to partner with its local Auckland and wider metro DHBs to find out what psychiatrists think about their work.

A psychiatrists’ perspectives survey aims to evaluate psychiatrists’ attitudes, how they experience their work and how those experiences could be improved. The survey is anonymous and Mind and Body is inviting as many psychiatrists as possible to take part.

Contact: Taimi Allan, Team Leader, Like Minds, Like Mine, Mind and Body Consultants Ltd, Ph: (+649) 630 5909 ext 871


Drug websites put a human face on addiction

“I don’t want to go back down that road.  It’s very dark, very messy, and very lonely in spite of the fact it feels so loving, and so nice, and so social at the time.”

This is just one of the thoughts shared by people featured on two new drug websites launched as part of a government programme to reduce the demand for drugs.

The drughelp.org.nz and methhelp.org.nz websites – produced by the Drug Foundation and funded by the Ministry of Health – are part of a $1m, three-year project to show people struggling with drug abuse ways they can get help for their addiction.

The websites feature compelling stories from people about the highs and lows of their drug use and their journey through drug treatment. As well as the videos, both websites contain information about what treatment options are available and how to access them.


Support material for Pike River Mine friends and families

At this terrible time of sadness over the Pike River Mine disaster, the entire country's thoughts are with all those affected by it. The Foundaiton sends them love and concern for their wellbeing in the weeks and months ahead.

For every individual, grief has its own rhythm and flow, and when the time is right to seek out information and guidance, these links below may offer some support, advice and understanding and may help some people get through.

Coping with disaster - Canterbury District Health Board

Something Has Happened - skylight

Mining Tragedy Support Information - skylight

Coping With a Disaster or Traumatic Event - American Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Put on a bright smile for a brilliant cause

Good Health magazine is launching New Zealand’s first ever Smile at a Stranger Day – on Monday 22 November.

New Zealanders are encouraged to share a good old-fashioned smile with a stranger, in keeping with the concept that small changes can make big differences.

Good Health editor Shelley Ferguson says a simple smile can not only make you feel great, it can also improve your wellbeing.

“Research now shows a smile can make you more attractive, boost your immune system, relieve stress, lower your blood pressure and release endorphins and serotonin to help you stay positive,” she says.

The magazine is supporting the Mental Health Foundation on Smile at a Stranger Day. A text donation number is being set up on the day so mobile users can text a $2 donation to the Foundation. Or you can make an online donation to the Mental Health Foundation.

Foundation Chief Executive Judi Clements says a smile will make you feel good, but the positive effect it can have on someone else can be even better.

“It may seem like a small gesture, but your smile could have improved someone’s day tenfold,” she says.

“Little differences such as this can make a positive contribution to the mental health and wellbeing of the community.”

About Good Health magazine

Good Health aims to be informative, up-to-date, relevant to women's lives and fun. Every issue has health and medical news, psychology, relationship advice, fitness, kids, food, fashion, beauty and much more. Above all, the publisher (ACP), wants to empower readers with a sense that they can do something positive to enjoy a long and healthy life.

The Mental Health Foundation announces 2010 New Zealand Mental Health Media Grant recipients

The Mental Health Foundation and the Ministry of Health’s Like Minds, Like Mine programme are pleased to announce the 2010 New Zealand Mental Health Media Grant recipients.

Six people have been named as recipients this year: Aaron Smale (Levin), Dylan Keys (Tauranga), Georgie Tutt (Tauranga), Patricia Deavoll (Christchurch), Robert Mokaraka (Auckland) and Helena Chan (Auckland).

Read the media release

Things are getting hairy at the Foundation

As we move further into the month, it is hard to ignore just how many moustaches have begun sprouting around the city streets. Whether the lip slug has flourished into a full-blown Tom Selleck or is still taking root, there is no denying Movember is upon us.

Each year, Movember is responsible for the appearance of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in New Zealand and around the world, with the sole aim of raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health.

On a recent promotional tour of the country, John Kirwan (centre) caught up with Movember Ambassador Mike King (left) and Out of the Blue Campaign Manager Boris Sokratov to talk about his personal experiences, depression and moustaches.

Here at the Foundation, Mo Bros, and our ever supportive Mo Sistas, have been working hard to ensure our hair follicles have been given the utmost attention. For some that means a light sprinkling of lip moss while for others it has seen them take on an almost Yosemite Sam appearance.

With just 19 days left in Movember, people still have the opportunity to register for Movember or to sponsor one of the many Mo Bros and Mo Sistas enjoying the luxuries of the moustache.

“For me, being Chinese, growing a mo is not that easy,” explains Kai Xin Xing Dong Mental Health Promoter Charlie Tang. “It makes me feel not so comfortable, but when somebody around me says ‘you are so cool’ it makes me feel like Brad Pitt. I am feeling so good about it.”


Time to flourish in the Garden

The Mental Health Foundation is encouraging people to tend to their mental health and wellbeing and enjoy the positive benefits that come through gardening. Take inspiration from the combination of the warm spring days, and the second series of the Get Growing with NZ Gardener on Prime TV this weekend.  Season two is once again being sponsored by the Mental Health Foundation's Out of the Blue depression programme.

Read the full press release

Maori Ora Mauri Ora Respect Awards 2010

“Let us acknowledge those who are making a difference” Mauri ora Nelson Wahanui

Nominations are open for the annual Maori Ora Mauri Ora Respect Awards 2010. You may nominate for an award any person, whanau, kaimahi or organisation that has demonstrated a Maori Ora Mauri Ora value within the Maori Mental Health community.

There are eight award categories (see below), based on the values within the Maori Ora, Mauri Ora Health Promotion Model. 

Nominees should be selected for showing a particular value towards an individual or whanau that manages mental health issues.

Hosted by Like Minds, Like Mine Auckland Maori Provider Hapai Te Hauora Tapui, Maori Public Health, this event is held to acknowledge those whanau living in the greater Auckland region that contribute to wellness. It is also held to show respect to whanau who manage mental health issues and kaimahi and organisations that deliver ‘above and beyond’ what is required. 

All nominations are welcome, and you may nominate in more than one category. 

How to nominate 

You may nominate for an award, any person, whanau, kaimahi or organisation that has demonstrated a Maori Ora Mauri Ora value within the Maori Mental Health community.

The finalists are more likely to come from a nomination that tells an accurate and full story that aligns with each core value.

Each category nomination must be completed on separate nomination forms. Nominations must be faxed or scanned to Hapai by 4.00pm, Friday 12 November 2010. Attention: Selah Hart, selah.hart@hapai.co.nz Phone: +64 9 520 4796 ext 204 or 027 8222 155 Fax: +64 9 520 4797

Finalists will be advised by phone on 16 November 2010 

Categories for the Maori Ora Mauri Ora Respect Awards 2010:

MATAURANGA – 2009 Winner “Larry Kinred” Can be shown by:

  • improving ones knowledge and skills
  • whoever encourages and assists whanau with educational opportunities
  • an organisation that provides workforce development opportunities for kaimahi and whanau.


AROHA – 2009 Winner “Ani Paniora” Can be shown by:

  • you being involved in whanau, friends and community activities
  • whoever initiates activities and encourages inclusion for whanau
  • an organisation demonstrating tikanga Maori when they interact with whanau.


TIKA – 2009 Winner “Leila Kesha” Can be shown by:

  • you doing the right thing
  • whoever practices tikanga that supports whanau ora
  • an organisation that has in place policies & procedures that reflect whanau ora.


TAUTOKO – 2009 Winner “Katherine Kereopa” Can be shown by:

  • you accepting whanau support and offering support in return
  • whoever supports whanau to achieve hauora
  • an organisation that demonstrates advocacy, making submissions, supporting whanau empowerment.


TANGIHANGA – 2009 Winner “Te Puea Winiata” Can be shown by:

  • you setting and achieving goals that aspire to whanau ora
  • whoever is there with you in times of crisis, stress, and loss
  • an organisation that supports whanau when in mourning.


PONO – 2009 Winner – “Roberta Kaio” Can be shown by:

  • you being true to yourself, your own values beliefs and principles
  • whoever is open and honest
  • an organisation that delivers their service with honesty and integrity to whanau.


WHENUA – 2009 Winner “Larry Kinred” Can be shown by:

  • demonstrating the importance of your identity and connection to the whenua
  • whoever shares whakapapa and healthy relationships with our whenua
  • an organisation which includes Mana Whenua where their service is delivered.


MANAAKI – 2009 Winner “Hare Herewini Hona” Can be shown by:

  • protecting yourself from harm and preventing illness
  • removing harm and treating whanau with the utmost care 
  • an organisation that delivers the best service and protection to whanau at all times.



Inaugural RETHiNK Theatre Challenge hailed as sell-out success!

Ten out of ten for the first ever RETHink Theatre Challenge is the word coming from the organisers Mind and Body Connsultants.

Held over the 2010 Mental Health Awareness Weekend, the challenge saw every performance sold out, with around 400-500 people re-thinking their ideas, prejudices and attitudes towards mental “illness”, says Taimi Allan, team leader at Mind and Body Consultants.

Find out more about the event and how to help next year’s challenge grow even bigger, or have this year's tour in your town,  by reading Mind and Body’s guest blog on the Foundation's website.

Pictured: The DSM 5000

Two exciting seminars to be delivered in Auckland by Dr Julie Repper

The Centre for Mental Health Research and the School of Nursing are delighted to host Dr Julie Repper in Auckland for two talks on 14 December. 

Dr Repper is currently Recovery Lead in Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, Associate Professor of Recovery and Social Inclusion at University of Nottingham, Recovery consultant for the NHS Confederation/Centre for Mental Health and Director of two service user led voluntary sector groups.

 She has worked in mental health services for 30 years and used them intermittently for 31 years. She works collaboratively with people who have lived experience to develop innovative training, research and service developments to facilitate Recovery.

 Dr Repper is currently leading the development of Peer Support Workers’ training and employment in her local services. She has written widely, of most relevance is the book she co-authored with Rachel Perkins: Social Inclusion and Recovery: A Model for Mental Health Practice (2003) Edinburgh: Bailliere Tindall. 

She will present two Seminars (two hours each): Transforming Organisational Cultures: Towards Recovery

And Employing Peer Support Workers in Mental Health Services

Date: 14 December 2010

Time: 10am to 3pm

Venue: Tāmaki campus, Room 730:220

Cost: $69.00 including GST (including lunch)

For more details:

Contact: Helen P Hamer h.hamer "at" auckland.ac.nz 

For registrations: contact Gillian Yate g.yate "at" auckland.ac.nz 

For more details of the content of her seminar go to


Foundation supportive of New Disability Rights Commissioner role

The Mental Health Foundation was pleased to hear this week, the announcement by Minister Tariana Turia of the establishment of a full-time Disability Rights Commissioner within the Human Rights Commission.

In welcoming the announcement the Human Rights Commission stated – The establishment of this role gives every indication of a stronger focus on ensuring disabled people can take an equal place in New Zealand society without discrimination.

“In our own work reducing stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness, we know the barriers and obstacles such discrimination can places on the individual, and those that are close to them,” says Judi Clements, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation.

“The increased emphasis that this role will give to promoting the rights of disabled people is welcome news.”

Human Rights Commission media release.



Highly praised rural mental health supplement released online

The Mental Health Foundation is proud to announce the online release of Down on the farm: Depression and mental health in the rural south.

The 16-page supplement is the work of 2009 New Zealand Mental Health Media Grant recipient Yvonne O’Hara. Originally published on 29 September and 6 October in the Southern Rural Life and Courier Country, respectively, to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, the resource is now available on our website.

Read the press release.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week begins Monday 4 October and the Mental Health Foundation is encouraging everyone to focus on the positive aspects of life and the communities around them.

The theme for this year’s awareness week is ‘Flourishing for everyBODY’. In development over the last decade, flourishing can be used to determine the level of positive mental health in populations. When someone is flourishing they experience a full range of emotions, interest and engagement with the world around them. They also feel more meaning and purpose in their lives and evidence suggests that people who are flourishing are less at risk of physical and mental health problems.

“The Mental Health Foundation’s vision is a society where all people flourish” says Judi Clements, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation. “As we work towards this we hope to see an increase in the number of positive relationships throughout our communities leading to an improvement in individual’s mental wellbeing”

Throughout the week the Mental Health Foundation will be releasing articles highlighting seven New Zealand communities that have seen the benefits of flourishing. These projects include the Whangarei Quarry Gardens, Lyttelton’s Timebank, Porirua Community Guardians and the work of the Clendon Residents Group.

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 4 – 10 October, 2010 and is endorsed by the World Federation for Mental Health and marked in over 150 countries.

World Mental Health Day takes place on Sunday October 10.

For more information on the theme, special events being held over the week and articles about flourishing communities please visit the MHAW section of our website.

Relay to support Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation is proud to be associated with the Great Lake Relay, who for the first time in the events 16-year history, have taken on board an official charity fundraising partner.

Through a partnership with Event Promotions, participants competing in the February relay will now have the opportunity to fundraise and show their support for the Foundation whilst being in with a chance to win a variety of prizes including restaurant and accommodation vouchers and gym memberships.

To find out more visit our Great Lake Relay page.


Charity screenings of The Insatiable Moon show flourishing community spirit

Insatiable MoonRialto Distribution is thrilled to announce that special charity screenings of The Insatiable Moon will be held nationwide on Monday 4 October during Mental Health Awareness Week, with proceeds being donated to the Mental Health Foundation.

Rialto Distribution CEO Kelly Rogers says “We were delighted to work with the Mental Health Foundation on this release, and very pleased to contribute toward the incredible work they do for the community.”

Set in the urban village of Ponsonby, The Insatiable Moon tells the story of Arthur who believes himself to be the second son of God. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Mike Riddell, directed by Rosemary Riddell and starring Rawiri Paratene, Sara Wiseman and Ian Mune.

The Mental Health Foundation has supported the film since its sell-out opening at the New Zealand International Film Festival, even sponsoring the premiere in Auckland.

Chief Executive Judi Clements says “The Mental Health Foundation is delighted to support The Insatiable Moon. Rosemary Riddell and the actors involved have done a wonderful job producing an entertaining movie that is thought-provoking and can’t help but stimulate discussion. It’s the kind of movie that stays with you long after you’ve seen it.”

Tickets to attend the nationwide charity screenings of The Insatiable Moon are available now from the following cinemas:

AUCKLAND – Monday 4th October 6.30pm – Rialto Newmarket –www.rialto.co.nz (09) 369 2417

DARGAVILLE – Monday 4th October 6.30pm – Community Cinema – (09) 439 7059

HAMILTON – Monday 4th October 6.30pm – Lido Cinema – www.lidocinema.co.nz 07 838 9010

TAURANGA – Monday 4th October 6.30pm – Rialto Cinemas – www.rialtotauranga.co.nz 07 577 0445

PALMERSTON NORTH – Monday 4th October 6.30pm – Cinema Gold – www.cinemagold.co.nz (06) 353 1902

WELLINGTON – Monday 4th October 6.30pm – Penthouse – www.penthousecinema.co.nz (04) 384 3157

CHRISTCHURCH – Monday 4th October 8.20pm – Rialto Cinemas –www.rialto.co.nz (03) 374 9404

DUNEDIN – Monday 4th October 6.30pm – Rialto Cinemas – www.rialto.co.nz (03) 474 2200

NELSON – Saturday 2nd October 8.00pm – Suter Cinema – 03 548 0808

The film is in cinemas from 7 October. For further information please visit www.rialtodistribution.com

2010 Movember registrations now open

Each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in New Zealand and around the world, with the sole aim of raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health.

Men sporting Movember moustaches, known as Mo Bros, become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo growing efforts. The rules are simple; register online at Movember.com and start the month of Movember clean shaven, before growing a Mo.

Movember is now in its fifth year in New Zealand. The money raised as a result of the Movember campaign is channelled by our men’s health partners into a number of world class and innovative education, research and awareness initiatives. Movember New Zealand collaborates with two men’s health partners – the Cancer Society and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

Head along to the official Movember website to register and for further details on how Movember funds are being spent, please visit the Outcomes section of the Movember Foundation website.

Nutters Club rating success on Maori TV

The stats are in and last week’s episode of The Nutters Club (10 September) hosted by Mike King was the 2nd highest rating show across both Maori and non-Maori viewers on Maori TV.

Guests so far have included: league player, Dean Kini; prison worker, Pukekawa Wehi; comedians, Irene Pink and Chris Brain; former prison inmate, Thomas Paahi; Mayor of Carterton, Gary McPhee; and actress Nicola Kawana.

The show has been so successful the original 13 episodes have been increased to 15.

Mike’s guest this coming Friday (17 September) is music legend Mike Chunn. You can catch The Nutters Club on Friday Nights at 10pm on Maori TV straight after Homai Te Pakipaki.

MAD downunder snags top international experts and creatives

One of America’s eminent experts in psychodrama is flying in from New York especially for the Like Minds, Like Mine RETHiNK Theatre Challenge to be held as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.

Dr Daniel Tomasulo will join British television and film writer Bob Baker, of Dr Who and Wallace and Gromit fame, for the event.

Mind & Body Consultants recently invited writers to submit a short MAD script (under 10 minutes) from which the best were to be selected to be performed at the RETHiNK Theatre Challenge in Auckland, 9-10 October.

Actors and directors have to put their plays together with only 24 hours notice – that’s the challenge!!!

The “Mental Health Awareness Week treat” has attracted scripts, directors, actors and producers from New Zealand, Scotland, England, Australia and America. Some of New Zealand’s favourite comedians will be “surprise” hosts and The Improv Bandits will make a special appearance.

“Like Minds, Like Mine RETHiNK Theatre Challenge has proven that issues of stigma and discrimination are global issues that can be challenged through live theatre,” Taimi Allan, team leader at Mind & Body, says.

Titirangi Theatre in West Auckland won this year’s Mind and Body RETHiNK Grant to produce M.a.D – it’s a matter of degree, a theme that fits in well with this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week theme, Flourishing.

“Many of our experienced amateur and professional writers, actors, comedians and directors have personal experience of mental illness and recovery which will keep the audience guessing who the ‘normal’ ones are… and re-thinking just what is ‘normal’ anyway?” Taimi says.

Still time to take part

Anyone wanting to act, direct or crew should contact the RETHiNK Theatre Challenge coordinator Adam Fresco directly: adam "at" dramatrain.co.nz / (09) 8176176 by September 20th.

Sponsors required

Orgasnisers are looking for people to donate products or services as koha for all the volunteers involved in this event. Contact: Taimi Allan, Ph: (+649) 630 5909 ext 871 Mob: (+6427) 655 2770 Fax: (+649) 630 5944


There are only four shows from 9-10 October, 5pm and 8pm at Titirangi Theatre on Saturday, and The Classic on Sunday; tickets are selling fast! Tickets $10 - $20, no free list.

Book now!

Forum to host release of Judy Bailey fronted suicide prevention webcasts

To recognise World Suicide Prevention Day on Friday 10 September, the Mental Health Foundation and SPINZ (Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand) are proud to announce the release of six webcasts fronted by Judy Bailey. Read the full release.

NZ Mental Health Media Grants 2010 close in two weeks

Applications for the 2010 NZ Mental Health Media Grants close on 24 September. If you have a journalism or creative project that will increase understanding and support, and reduce stigma and discrimination, for people with experience of mental illness - then get your application in quick! Go to www.mediagrants.org.nz or email info "at" mediagrants.org.nz for elibility, guidelines and a detailed application pack. Read the media release

Coping in an earthquake

The Foundation, in response to the recent Christchurch earthquakes, has developed a short document giving tips for coping in an earthquake.


Jessica with Owen MarshallJessica Le Bas acknowledged in Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust book awards

Jessica Le Bas' collection of poetry Walking to Africa was acknowledged and awarded second place in the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust book awards held on 20 August in Auckland.  Judges for the Ashton Wylie book awards commented that Jessica's book is "a very clever piece of poetry, deep, meaningful and very moving. Overall, a fascinating story and beautiful poetry".

Writing of the collection was supported by a 2007 NZ Mental Health Media Grant. Read more about Jessica and her project. The Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust was set up with the mandate of having human relationships as its focus, with its main intent being to promote more loving relationships.



Judi Clements on National Radio

Listen to our Chief Executive Judi Clements on National Radio talking about whether or not the Police do enough for missing people with mental illnesses

Proud of your community project? Tell us about it!

As part of the forthcoming Mental Health Awareness Week, October 4-10, the Foundation wants to promote community projects that are linked to this year's theme - Flourishing for everyBODY.

If you have a community-led project that works towards a flourishing community we would love to hear from you, with a view to writing an article on it for our website and newsletters.

By a flourishing community we mean one where people feel positive emotions, engagement with the world around them and have a sense of purpose in their lives.

Contact carrie "at" mentalhealth.org.nz with your suggestions.

Workforce development Schedule August - October 2010

The Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand has released a timetable for some of its courses, workshops and evenets scheduled for the last six months of 2010. For more information and how to enrol and costs for 2010, please visit the website www.hauora.co.nz and look under training. You can contact Sal by email sal "at" hauroa.co.nz or phone 531 5504.


Foundation chief revs up for Movember

Judi Clements dons a hat (a bit too soft probably) and takes Nutters' Club host Mike King for a spin. Well, not quite, but she certainly got into the spirit of things when Movember recently announced its 2010 ambassadors.

And, you guessed it, passenger Mike King is one, with fellow broadcaster John McBeth the other. Both men are keen advocates for men's health and spoke out at the occasion to promote annual prostate cancer checks for men.

John declares his prostate to be "fine", while Mike says he "yelped like a girl" during his DRE (digital rectal examination) but says the pain was worth it to know he was healthy.

Movember raises funds and awareness of men's health issues and, this year, as last, the Cancer Society of New Zealand and the Mental Health Foundation are very enthusiastic and grateful recipients.

New Nutters' Club TV show

You can now catch The Nutters' Club on the telly; the 13-episode TV series premiered at 10pm Sunday 6 August on Maori Television.

The Nutters Club Radio Show has a large audience, a huge Facebook following and is a radio awards nominee. Now the TV series grows this voice given to New Zealanders who for many years were unable to publically share stories of their own mental health journey. Both shows aim to engender understanding and acceptance of people with experience of mental illness.

Watch the TV promo where those involved say the completely unscripted programme is exciting because it shows the authenticity of people really opening up and talking about issues people never usually talk about.

Mike King says he isn't concerned about how well the show is received by the critics.

"As long as people watching get some benefits and realise they can change theirs lives... and that they aren't alone, then it's all worthwhile."


Auction and Exhibition to Benefit Foundation

On Thursday 5 August Megan Ransom will be holding an art exhibition and auction at Wellington’s Betty’s Bar. All proceeds from the auction will go to the Mental Health Foundation.

The evening will be MCed by well known entertainer Frankie Stevens with the beautiful burlesque queen of New Zealand, Miss Eva Strangelove, as his assistant

Up for auction are a number of fantastic art works, a Getaway package to Taupo, Tattoos by two of Wellingtons top tattoo artists and much more.

See invite

Workplace feelings not as rosy as they could be

Our last poll asked how you felt at work: connected and happy, somewhat connected, on the outer, miserable or a bit of a mixture.

Unfortunately, only a minority of people who responded felt connected in their workplace, with 28% feeling miserable, 12.5% on the outer and 16% a bit of a mixture.

If you feel ‘on the outer’ at work, your mental health and wellbeing may also suffer through anxiety, depression or stress, Brisbane psychology researchers have found.

PhD researcher Wendell Cockshaw, from Queensland University of Technology’s School of Psychology and Counseling, said the workplace was the main social environment for many people, and second only to family for many others.

Mr Cockshaw said his research showed depressive symptoms and general negative feelings were particularly strongly related to a lack of ‘organisational connectedness’.

Read more

This week’s poll is about Maori Language Week. Tell us how you are going to be celebrating.


Singing was on your mind and you were keen to stay on top!

A recent Foundation poll asked what song summed you up during the cold snap: Baby it's cold outside; Fever; Always look on the bright side of life, Heaven knows I’m miserable now and I will survive.

And the winner was……I will survive!

Others visited our Facebook page and extended the list. Here’s how people were feeling:

Still crazy after all these years

Song sung blue

Nothing is impossible

“One day this weary winter will be gone

But don't be fooled it won't be gone for good

It will be back to freeze next year's moustache

Blowing snow as every winter should”

I Wish Somebody Would Build A Bridge (So I Can Get Over Myself)

I'm not crazy I'm just a little unwell

Stone Cold Crazy

My melancholy blues

Blame it on the rain

In the Summertime....

This week’s poll is about Maori Language Week. Tell us how you are going to be celebrating.

Let's get it on, with karaoke!

The inaugural Get Mad on the Mic! karaoke competition saw eight finalists competing for the title at the Te Unga Waka Marae in Epsom. 

Over two days in late June, close to 30 wannabe karaoke champions attended auditions. The competition was broken into four categories: people with experience of mental illness; whanau with experience of mental illness; mental health care professionals; and general Like Minds supporters.

Participants were given the chance to pick one of 30,000 songs to perform, including old classics by the likes of Frank Sinatra and The Carpenters through to modern day hits by Alicia Keyes and The Foo Fighters. From this ‘idol-esque’ process eight finalists were selected to perform at the grand final dinner.

The finals were hosted by The Nutters' Club’s Mike King with all competitors singing their hearts out, but it was Auckland’s Thomas Soane's performance of Let’s get it on that won him the championship.

Get Mad on the Mic! gave those with experience of mental illness and those who support them a chance to shine and, with the event garnering so much support, Hapai Te Hauora Tapui is already looking at hosting the competition again in 2011.

The event was organised by Hapai Te Hauora Tapui and supported by the Mental Health Foundation and aimed to bring the community and people with experience of mental illness closer together through song.

Read more from The Aucklander

Are we nuts, or what?

Colmar & Brunton today began conducting an independent online research project into The Nutters Club. The club is a Radio Live programme hosted on Sundays from 8pm-12am by comedian Mike King and supported by the Mental Health Foundation.

The online research is made up of a survey and a blog, and both are completely anonymous; personal details are not collected at any stage. This is your opportunity to have your say and let us know how you feel about this radio show.

In order to get the broadest possible sample or respondents, it would be much appreciated if you could circulate this invitation to friends, family and networks.

Thank you all for your help!

First NZ research into media reporting of suicide released

A research project into the way the New Zealand news media reports suicide cases finds it is generally more responsible than international media coverage and unlikely to encourage further suicidal behaviour. International studies have shown media reporting of suicide can have an impact both negatively and positively on suicidal behaviour.

The research project was the first of its type conducted in New Zealand. Project leader Dr Brian McKenna, Director of the Centre for Mental Health Research at Auckland University, says media reporting of suicide in New Zealand is extensive, with nearly 3,500 news items in press, television, radio and selected internet sites over a year.

The research was commissioned by Te Pou o Te Whakaaro Nui, the National Centre of Mental Health Research, Information and Workforce Development as part of the Ministry of Health’s New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2008 – 2012.

Read a news report on the research

Read Reporting of Suicide in New Zealand Media - Content and Case Study Analysis


Writers, actors and directors – put your thinking caps on!

Here’s an opportunity for creative types to get involved in a cool and creative Like Minds, Like Mine programme regardless of where you live!

Writers are invited to submit a short MAD script (under 10 minutes) from which the best will be selected to be performed at the RETHiNK Theatre Challenge, to run during Mental Health Awareness Week, 9-10 October.

Actors and directors are also needed to perform, but there’s a catch: they have to put their plays together with only 24 hours notice – that’s the challenge!!!

The final show will be made up of a series of short, sharp, exciting and innovative performances that will span a variety of styles - from comedy to tragedy, song and dance to puppetry - the only limit is your imagination.

While those performing will need to be available to do so in Auckland, there is no geographic restriction on writers. Scripts can be submitted up until Wednesday 1 September.

Actors and directors may submit an expression of interest anytime, but must be available in Auckland between 6pm 8 October and 10pm 9 October, including a matinee and evening performance on 10 October.

This competition is for a great cause but, instead of raising money, we are raising awareness of the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness.

The Improv Bandits will open the event, and scripts are being submitted from writers of Dr Who, Wallace and Grommit and Shortland St. A line up of well-known comedians and actors will by MCing and performing over the two nights.

For more information on the Theatre Challenge, visit RETHiNK M.a.D Theatre

 Hokianga photo competition a huge success

1st prize Vhayle NikoraDuring the recent Youth Week celebrations, the Foundation’s Youth Mental Health Promoters, Tina Helm and Angela Culpin, were fortunate enough to support Hokianga youth in an annual arts project and exhibition.

The project, organised in conjunction with Hauora Hokianga, saw 50 youth from the region compete in photography competition. The theme of this year’s Youth Week was “Rangatahi Ora = Whanau Ora” and entrants were each given a disposable camera and asked to take photos of ways in which they connect with their whanau, friends and community.

All the entrants displayed a keen understanding of the theme and the judges awarded the first place prize to Vhayle Nikora. The runners up were Maggie Roman and Kevan Robinson.

It is hoped that this will be an ongoing arts opportunity for youth in Hokianga.

Caption: This photo by Vhayle Nikora won 1st Prize



2010 Media Grants now open

Applications for the 2010 New Zealand Mental Health Media Grants are now open. The Mental Health Foundation in association with the Foundation’s Out of the Blue depression awareness campaign and Like Minds, Like Mine are offering two grants of up to $12,000 to interested applicants.

Proposals can be for either journalism or creative projects that focus on mental health and wellbeing and help reduce discrimination and stigma associated with mental illness.

For more detailed information and an application pack, please go to www.mediagrants.org.nz

Read the media release

Senior journalist Amanda Cropp announced as winner in Qantas Media Awards 2010

2008 NZ Mental Health Media Grant recipient Amanda Cropp is this year's Qantas Award  Senior Magazine Feature Writer Human Relations winner. Her feature article, No refuge, was part of her media grants project.

The judges’ verdict: Amanda Cropp’s painstaking and timely inquiry into New Zealand’s refugee programme, and the extraordinary hurdles confronting its ‘beneficiaries’, was a sobering reminder of both the importance and scarcity of true public interest journalism.

Read about Amanda Cropp
Read No refuge


Working Well to launch bi-monthly e-newsletter

In July the Working Well team will be launching their bi-monthly e-newsletter. This e-newsletter will provide information to support those with an interest in, and a commitment towards, creating and maintaining mentally healthy workplaces.

Each e-newsletter will profile a company or organisation that is working strengthening business and revolutionising their workplace practices. Each issue will also include news, stories of interest, research, resources and information on upcoming events, conferences and workshops.

To subscribe please visit the Working Well website and if you have anything you would like to contribute please feel free to do so via email.



Like Minds RETHiNK the Meaning of Madness

$15 000 is about to be dished out between three projects that work to change public perception of mental disorder.

An 11 person judging panel comprising of cultural consultants and experts in the Media, Music, Entertainment, and Arts industries collaborated with the Like Minds, Like Mine team at Mind & Body Consultants Ltd to go through all the entries and select the winners of the 2010 RETHiNK Grant.

The RETHiNK Grant challenged the people of Auckland to develop a creative project that works to reduce mental-health stigma and discrimination. The successful 4-month public campaign asking people to creatively "Rethink Madness" which covered web, print, event promotion, social networking and word of mouth reached thousands of people, proving that you don't need big bucks to reach the masses.

Read more

Johnny Matteson interviewed on radio about his life and music

Listen to Mental Health Foundation staff member Johnny Matteson's fascinating and insightful interview about his expereinces with mental illness and how his music evolved as a result.

MHF Board's deputy chair talks on TV about mental health units

Watch Deb Christensen's interview

Suicide Prevention in Pacific Communities

Watch SPINZ Director Merryn Statham interviewed on TV3's Pacific Beat Street, which screens Sundays at 11.35am. Merryn's interview starts at 9:40 on the video track.

How does discrimination affect families?

Are you passionate about fighting stigma & discrimination?The Mental Health Foundation and the Regional Consumer Network are hosting a free public forum on countering stigma & discrimination associated with mental illness.
Regional Consumer Network
When: Thursday 10th June 2010
10am-2.30pm (lunch included)
Where: Western Springs Garden Hall
956 Great North Road, Western Springs

Read flyer

Exciting new publication guides older workers

By 2020 one in four people in the workplace will be 55 or older, and a new publication by the Mental Health Foundation is now available to help guide older people in their employment choices.

The booklet, Looking to the Future,  includes sections on whether continuing to work is the right choice, potential issues in the workplace and how to work through them, as well as inspiring stories from older people who are enhancing their own lives and other people's through their work.

Those profiled in Looking to the Future are Bonnie Maxwell-Ritchie, a 75-year-old caregiver; Joan Rivlin, an 81-year-old volunteer extraordinaire; 74-year-old Owen Percy who works front-of-house at The Edge Entertainment; and Marie Hull-Brown, the Mental Health Foundation's Project Manager for Older People, who is 82.

Looking to the Future is available from the Foundation's Resource & Information Service library or online shop.

The Service is open from 9am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday and can be reached on 09 300 7030 or emailed at info@mentalhealth.org.nz . Its resources can be browsed online.

Read our press release for more information.

Senior journalist Amanda Cropp announced as finalist in Qantas Media Awards 2010

2008 NZ Mental Health Media Grant Amanda Cropp is a  Senior Magazine Feature Writer Human Relations finalist in this year's Qantas Media Awards for her feature article about refugee mental health. The article was part of her media grants project.

Read about Amanda Cropp
Read No refuge








Karaoke contest 2010 - "Get mad on the Mic!"

Nau mai, haere mai to all you Stan Walkers, Kelly Clarkson's and Susan Boyles - this is your time to shine and raise money at the same time.

Karaoke contest 2010 - "Get mad on the Mic!" is presented by Hapai Te Hauora Tapui - Maori Public Health and supported by the Mental Health Foundation. It's an opportunity to dedicate your performance to promote mental wellbeing and supportive environments especially for those whanau affected by mental illness.

Auditions are open to anyone and will be held on 23 and 24 June at Te Unga Waka Marae, in Epsom. There will be a finals dinner on 9 July, with great prizes!

Register online now!

SPINZ looking for Kaitakawaenga - National Māori Provider Liaison

Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand (SPINZ) is seeking someone to fill this new national role. The succesful applicant will work in partnership with health and social services to provide quality and timely information, and to support the implementation Te Whakauruora: Restoration of Health a suicide prevention resource developed by and for Māori with Te Rau Matatini. We are seeking someone with knowledge and experience in the suicide prevention, mental health or social service sectors that has well established regional and national networks. Confidence working with research is essential as is the ability to establish meaningful links with services across the motu. Project management and effective communication skills are also necessary as is an understanding of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga. A relevant tertiary qualification is desirable.

As a national role requiring regular travel this position will be based in Wellington, initially with Te Rau Matatini for implementation of Te Whakauruora.

Job description and application form.

The closing date for applications is 9 June.

Poet Jessica Le Bas at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival on 15 and 16 May

2007 NZ Mental Health Media Grant recipient Jessica Le Bas is reading from her latest collection Walking to Africa at the 2010 Auckland Readers and Writers Festival on 15 and 16 May as part of the 'Poetry Live' and 'Poets you're up!' events.

Read about Jessica and Walking to Africa
Read about Poetry Live
Read about Poets you're up!


Artist Kristian Lomath exhibits with Auckland poet in Howick from 14 May

2008 NZ Mental Health Media Grant recipient Kristian Lomath is back in Auckland in May with a piece of work for the Korero exhibition at the Uxbridge Arts Centre in Howick.

Korero runs from 14 - 27 May in the Malcolm Smith Gallery 1. The exhibition features New Zealand artists who were invited to create artwork in response to a particular New Zealand poem. Kristian's artwork sits alongside Tapa Talk a poem by Serie Barfad.

Artworks are being judged and the winning artist will be awarded $1,000 in memory of local poet Bernard Gadd.

Read about Kristian's media grant project
Go to Kristian's website:  www.kristianlomath.com


Poet Jessica Le Bas attends LifeLine Nelson Fundraiser on 4 May

2007 NZ Mental Health Media Grant recipient Jessica Le Bas is reading from her latest collection, Walking to Africa to raise money for LifeLine Nelson.

Walking to Africa tells the story, through a mother's eyes, of her daughter's descent into depression and looks at mental health and the nature of reality.

The fundraiser is being held on Tuesday 4 May, 7 - 9pm at The Boathouse on Wakefield Quay in Nelson. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door or from Page and Blackmore Booksellers in advance. Doors open at 6.30pm for refreshments.

Read about Jessica and Walking to Africa



Girl with no Words coming to Wellington and Wanaka next week

NZ Mental Health Media Grant recipient, the Silk Tent Company, is bringing the production Girl with no Words - listening to the language of cutting to Wellington and Wanaka audiences next week.

The Wanaka performance is on Tuesday 4 May 7.30pm at the Lake Wanaka Centre. Tickets are available locally from Wanaka Fine Wines.

Wellington performances are on Thursday 6 May and Friday 7 May 2010, 8pm at the Ilott Theatre, Wellington Town Hall (supported by the Mental Health Commission). Buy tickets online at www.ticketek.co.nz, call 0800ticket or visit a Ticketek outlet.

Read about the project
Read the review








Calling all healthcare professionals!

The Like Minds Like Mine team at Mind & Body Consultants is collecting clinician opinions in an online survey about working with people who experience mental ‘illness'. The clinician feedback is to be used to develop a series of workshops that will help healthcare professionals understand and discuss mental un/wellness with their clients.

Kai Xin Xing Dong seeking Indian community input

Kai Xin Xing Dong (Chinese Like Minds) is exploring the effectiveness of the Like Minds, Like Mine programme in the Indian community.

In order to do this, Ivan Yeo, mental health promoter for Kai Xin Xing Dong (KXXD), has produced an online survey, and is looking for people from the Indian community to fill it in. He hopes the answers will help KXXD to better understand Indian community needs in relation to stigma and discrimination issues related to Indian people who experience mental illnesses.

If you are part of the Kiwi Indian population,  it would be very much appreciated if you could answer the survey questionnaire. Or, if you know of someone who may want to take part, please send them the link to this news item.

The Nutters Club announced as finalist

The Nutters Club has been announced as a finalist in the 2010 NZ Radio Awards 'Best Daily or Weekly Series - one hour or more duration'. The winners of the 2010 awards will be announced via a vidcast from the New Zealand Radio Awards Site on Thursday 29th April at 4pm.

Touch rugby fun tournament 2010

For Mental Health Consumers/Tangata Whai Ora/People experiencing Mental Illness.

Venue: Cox's Bay Reserve
Date: 29 April 2010
Time:9 30am-3pm
Registrations: $40/team

For more information please Contact: Sheldon Brown Ph: 378 0028 ex 9302 or Email: sheldon.brown "at" framework.org.nz

Supporters: Mental Health Foundation, , Smokefree & ASH, The Out of the Blue Campaign and of course FRAMEWORK!! This is a smoke free event. Registrations close April 19th. Come and celebrate with Framework 10 Years of Touch Rugby Thank you for all your support.


How Like Minds makes the difference

Over 100 people dedicated to reducing stigma and discrimination faced by those experiencing mental illness meet this week at Auckland's Waipuna Lodge for a two-day seminar. Despite vastly improved attitudes toward mental illness in New Zealand, there are still a number of challenges ahead in completely eliminating stigma and discrimination, say mental health advocates.

The annual event brings together service providers from all over New Zealand who work under the Like Minds, Like Mine programme. The Ministry of Health-funded programme was established thirteen years ago and challenges discriminatory attitudes and behaviours by individuals, organisations, and communities.

This year the Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman will be in attendance on the Thursday. The seminar was opened today by Darryl Bishop, the Ministry of Health's Like Minds programme leader and Judi Clements, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation and will feature various keynote speakers including Dr Coleman, Lynne Pere, Vito Nonumalo and Robyn Hunt.

The seminar also includes a number of parallel sessions discussing topics as varied as cultural attitudes and barriers to seeking help, working with rural communities, young peoples' views on mental illness, and using radio and other media to spread the Like Minds message.

"The Like Minds providers are out in their communities making a real difference," Judi Clements says, "this seminar gives them a chance to learn, share and grow together and then to take that knowledge back home with them to continue raising awareness around the discrimination facing those with experience of mental health problems."

The seminar is an exciting opportunity for ideas to be shared and is an integral part in creating a nation that values and includes all people with experience of mental illness.

Like Minds, Like Mine Auckland Regional Team now online

If you are passionate about countering stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness, that's great cos so are we! Together, with the help of our brand new web section devoted entirely to our Auckland Like Minds, Like Mine team, we can make the difference.

Through these new pages we are going to keep you up to date on our work across Auckland, Like Minds events, new anti-discrimination research and any other interesting tidbits we find - or you tell us about!

We're also launching our new e-newsletter, Te Piriti, meaning ' the bridge' in te reo Maori. Our intention for the newsletter is to bring like-minded people together. The newsletter will be sent out quarterly. Subscribe to Te Piriti.

New bipolar publication looking for people willing to share personal stories

Bay of Plenty primary school teacher Georgie Tutt is producing a publication that will share New Zealanders' personal experiences of bipolar affective disorder. Aubrey Quinn (from the Like Minds, Like Mine TV ads) is writing the introduction.

Georgie, who lives with the disorder, says she wants the book to challenge misconceptions about the disorder, reduce discrimination and promote wellness and recovery.

"I feel there's a need for those with bipolar to be inspired by a diverse range of people, in various fields, who are managing, and living fulfilled lives despite their diagnosis," Georgie says.

A number of people have already responded to the call for contributions, but Georgie is looking for others, from all walks of life, happy to share their stories.

For more information, or to be part of the publication, email Georgie at tuttenbelt "at" xtra.co.nz or ph: (07) 548 0948.

New Zealand Mental Health Media Grants 2010 delayed

The opening date for 2010 NZ Mental Health Media Grants has been delayed due to a change in funding. At this stage we are uncertain when applications will open. Those interested in applying for a 2010 journalism or creative grant should email: info "at" mediagrants.org.nz and register their contact details. An application pack will be sent out as soon as one is available.

TIC TIC A true story of a life performed with Tourette's

Well known NZ performer Paul Barrett shares his firsthand experience of a lifetime with Tourette syndrome in an outrageous and entertaining evening of musical satire with the premiere of his solo show - TIC TIC, playing at Limelight Laugh Lounge, The Edge, Auckland, from 4 -8 May.

TIC TIC was part-funded by a 2009 New Zealand Mental Health Media Grant - proudly supported by the Like Minds, Like Mine programme and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

Tickets are $20- $25 and available by calling 0800 BUYTICKETS or on www.buytickets.co.nz (booking fees apply).

Read the media release.
Read the review.
Listen to Paul's Nine to Noon interview.


The Back to School Network and the Mental Health Foundation bring you The Bullying Forum

This is a full-day forum on 13 April featuring experts and practitioners currently working in research and programmes in and around schools to combat the issue of bullying.

The following professionals will be presenting around the issues:

  • Dr Janis Carroll-Lind - Children's Commission
  • Kate Butterfield - Rape Prevention Education
  • Yvonne Duncan, Christina Barruel and Jonnie Black - The Peace Foundation
  • Mike Williams - Guidance Counsellor, Edgewater College
  • Lee Chisholm - NETSAFE
  • Priscilla Penniket - Rainbow Youth
  • Gaayathri Nair - Eating Difficulties Education Network
  • Jo Robertson, Siobhan Harrod - LearnEd (formerly facilitators of the Student Wellbeing Contract with the Ministry of Education)

The day will also consist of a panel discussion with Yvonne Duncan, Jo Robertson, Dr. Janis Carroll-Lind, Mike Williams and Lee Chisholm. Proceedings are to be held at the Onehunga Community Centre and will run from 8:30am-5pm. The Forum is free of charge and all catering is provided.

Numbers are limited, so please ensure that you register Friday 9 April. Enquiries to tina "at" mentalhealth.org.nz or phone: (09) 300 7013.

Are you passionate about fighting stigma & discrimination?

The Mental Health Foundation and the Regional Consumer Network are hosting a free public forum on countering stigma & discrimination associated with mental illness on Thursday 18 March, 10 am-2.30 pm (lunch included) at Western Springs Garden Hall,956 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland.

Aubrey Quinn discusses his experience of being the face of the national Like Minds campaign to counter stigma and discrimination. Find out what you can do to get involved.

Seen an unfair job application form? Report it!

The Human Rights Commission is asking people who have seen a potentially discriminatory job application form to send it to them.

If you have encountered an application form that asks you questions that you feel could lead to a potential employer discriminating against candidates due to their experience of mental illness, or is potentially stigmatising for any other group, then send it to the Human Rights Commission to review at emilias "at" hrc.co.nz by May 31.

Race Relations Day: It's About Us

Race Relations Day is on Sunday 21 March, and the theme is: It's About Us. Already many people have organised events - details are being added weekly on the Race Relations Day Calendar of Events. You can also join the Race Relations Day Facebook page: 1400 people already have. There is a photographic postcard competition on Facebook.

Organisations involved include schools, government departments, city, district and regional councils, iwi, ethnic and multi-ethnic community groups, faith communities, service groups and workplaces.

Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres encourages you to organise something - a morning tea, a meal, a discussion, a display, a cultural event, a multicultural choral service, a competition - at your workplace, in your organisation, at your school, in your neighbourhood.

Race Relations Day events take place throughout March, not just on the 21st. The annual Race Relations Report will be launched on 11 March in Waitakere. You can order a copy at nzdiversity "at" hrc.co.nz and use it as a resource for Race Relations Day. Other race relations resources, including the Statement on Race Relations are available on the Human Rights Commission website.

You can order free copies pf the Race relations poster from nzdiversity "at" hrc.co.nz

Watch Breakfast TV interview with Like Minds advocate Leo McIntyre on Bipolar Disorder

2010 Resource & Information customer satisfaction survey

It's that time of year again when we, the Mental Health Foundation, like to ask our customers what they think of our Resource & Information Service (RIS), and how we might be able to improve upon it. The online survey will take about five or so minutes to fill in, and is designed so you can dip in and out of it if you can't complete it all in one hit. We thank you for using our services and for your valuable feedback.

The survey runs until 11 March 2010.

£5000 donation to Out of the Blue from Roger De Haan Charitable Trust

Our Out Of The Blue depression campaign is this week the happy recipient of a very generous donation from the UK-based  Roger De Haan Charitable Trust. The £5000 (NZ$11,244) donation was made via a personal request from one of the trustees, Ben De Haan.

At Ben's request the funds will be used to support the Nutters Club, an Out of the Blue campaign initiative hosted by Mike King.

Campaign manager Boris Sokratov has high priase for Ben and the trust: "Those who understand the essence of what it is to be human get the most out of life; Ben is one of those rare souls.

"Thank you, Ben, for being you and the UK-based Roger De Haan Charitable Trust for its understanding and generosity.

"What is the greatest thing of all? It is people, it is people, it is people."

Ben is, indeed, an interesting character - among other things, he is the brains behind www.viewauckland.co.nz  a site for dining and entertainment in Auckland.

"Everyone should join up to the site because, as well as being the best info site in Auckland, it runs regular competitions so you can win heaps of prizes!"

The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust focuses its charitable donations on capital projects in education and the arts. It also offers financial support to smaller charities and community organisations in the South East of England.

Photograph:(left) Boris Sokratov (OOTB manager) receives £5000 donation from Ben De Haan.

Futures Thinking Aotearoa (NZ Futures Trust) 16 February 2010 Forum

Mental health and wellbeing - possibilities for the future, by Hugh Norriss, Director of Policy and Development for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

12.15 - 1.30pm
Large Gallery, Turnbull House, Bowen St, Wellington

You are invited to take part in this forum, which will provide the chance to explore what the emerging challenges are relating to mental health and wellbeing in our communities. It will also look at some of the evidence, initiatives and aligned disciplines relating to positive mental health and wellbeing. Discussion will be invited from presentation participants on how these applied concepts can lead to greater resilience and happiness in individuals and improved social, cultural, economic and environmental outcomes for Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Cost: New Zealand Futures Trust members: $ 5, Non NZFT members: $15

Please register your interest in attending using this form by Friday 12 February 2010.

Contact details: Box 12 008, Wellington, 6144. Phone: Yvonne (04) 383 5080, e-mail: info "at" futurestrust.org.nz

Brain Day 2010: Unlock the secrets of your brain!

Mark 20 March 9am-4pm in your diary as the day you get practical tips to encourage optimum brain health for yourself and brain development for your children. All for free!

The Centre for Brain Research and the Neurological Foundation are to present a free public open day as part of International Brain Awareness Week.

Neuroscientists, clinicians and community groups invite the public to learn more about everyone's greatest asset, their brain. As well as the pratical tips seminar, the event features talks from New Zealand's leading brain experts discussing the latest research and treatment trials for brain health and disease.

Visit a science lab

The Science Lab is a rare treat for children and families, offering free science experiments and demonstrations. Practising psychologists, clinicians and neuroscientists will encourage hands-on interaction for kids - and big kids too! Fun sensory games, brain teasers and activities will round the experience off.

A Community Expo will provide advice and support for people living with brain and sensory disorders. Around 20 community support groups will be on hand to answer any questions families and whānau may have. See the full list of lectures and community groups.

Where is it being held?

The University of Auckland Business School, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland. Easily accessible, Serviced by public bus services 50, 348, 487 and LINK Undercover parking for $5 all day.

The event is organised by the Centre for Brain Research at The University of Auckland in association with the Neurological Foundation of New Zealand.

More about brain disorders

It's estimated that one in five New Zealanders will suffer from brain disease in their lifetimes. Disorders such as stroke, epilepsy, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and deafness affect hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders every year.

Neurological diseases are among the top five most common causes of death and long-term disability. The cost to families and society, both financially and socially, is enormous.


Have you ever hurt yourself on purpose?

PhD student Robyn Langlands is conducting a survey about the thoughts, feelings, and events that lead people to injure themselves on purpose. The kinds of behaviours that she is looking at include cutting, burning, hitting, and severe scratching. The survey should take you no more than an hour to complete and you could win one of two iPod Shuffles (2GB).

You can participate in this study if you:

  • are 16 years of age or older
  • live in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • have injured yourself on purpose, without intending to kill yourself, one or more times in the past 12 months, and
  • were not experiencing psychosis (eg, delusions or hallucinations) or mania when you most recently injured yourself on purpose.

If you'd like to take part, click on http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BTKFQTD and you will be directed to the survey. For more information or if you would like a paper version of the survey, please contact Robyn by email robyn.langlands "at" vuw.ac.nz or phone (04) 463 5233 ext 8605.

Self-injury can be a distressing topic, and there is a risk that some of the questions asked in the survey may bring up past memories or feelings that are unpleasant or distressing. Mental health support groups are listed on our website.

Hearing Voices Workshop

An innovative mental health workshop in Christchurch will give participants the opportunity to gain an understanding of some of the experiences of people who hear voices that are distressing.

The Mental Health Foundation, along with Supporting Families in mental illness Canterbury, is supporting the Hearing Voices workshop, which uses a specially-designed audio resource.

By participating in a range of tasks while using the resource and concluding with a reflective discussion, participants are able to look at and challenge attitudes and misconceptions commonly experienced when interacting with people who hear voices that are distressing.

The workshop takes place on 29 January at Lincoln Road, Christchurch, opposite Hilmorton Hospital. Numbers for this workshop are limited and registrations essential.

Anyone interested in participating should register with Peter Abrams. Email him at abramspcme "at" slingshot.co.nz or call (03) 351 6402 and leave a message on the answerphone. Register by 28 January at the latest. The workshop has a registration fee of $20.

Have your say in The National Conversation

The National Conversation is a new initiative by the Human Rights Commission to promote and protect equal employment opportunities in New Zealand. The National Conversation is about fairness at work. They want to hear from workers and employers about equal employment opportunities (EEO).

They say they need a new strategy for EEO to overcome barriers at work, to reach rural and provincial New Zealanders, to talk with small and medium businesses and to progress equality for everyone and want to listen to your ideas. You can: post on their blog, complete the online survey, email a submission, read the online diary.

Kristian Lomath's exhibition opens

NZ Mental Health Media Grant recipient, Kristian Lomath, is opening his Seclusion circle series 2 exhibition in Hamilton's ArtsPost gallery 8 January.

Kristian's art installation is a fresh look at his media grants project which toured Rotorua, Tauranga and Auckland late last year.

Kristian - along with guest artists - has created a three-dimensional experience for visitors by combining painting, scuplture, video and audio. They hope that people will walk away with the knowledge that it is possible to live with mental illness, pursue your dreams and be successful - and that the interaction between the project and the public will help break down some of the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness.

ArtsPost: 120 Victoria St, Hamilton, 10am - 4.30pm daily
Exhibition opens: Friday 8 January
Exhibition closes: Monday 1 February
Celebration: Thursday 21 January 5.30pm


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