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Mental Health Awareness Week 7th -13th October

Changing Minds Panel Discussion

Changing Minds will be holding a panel discussion on the evening of the 10th of October to celebrate world mental health day, and mental health awareness week; places will be advertised soon, for further information please email Ainslie by clicking here. 

World Mental Health Day Free Seminar 

World Mental Health Day was adopted internationally 21 years ago as a means of promoting mental health; this year the focus is on older adults. To mark the day AUT is hosting a free seminar. For more information click here.

Fiesta in the Park

The 3rd Biennial Fiesta in the Park is at Western Park in Ponsonby on the 12th of October 2013.   This years theme is CONNECT, wellbeing through connection. For more information on the event and to view the line up of bands click here. This year the Fiesta is hosting a moving image digital artwork screen, themed around community connection and wellbeing. You can participate through contributing images, text, poetry, drawings, photos, pretty much anything visual by emailing them to

September Forum

 We would like to thank the speakers from our last forum Astrid Smith, Brody Runga, Julieanne Manoa and Sue Sommers. If you would like more information on the Counties Manukau AOD consumer network you can contact Brody by clicking here. For help with smoking cessation visit the Quitline website‎ or call them on 0800 778 778.

Our lives in 2014

In 2004 the Mental Health Commission assisted in publishing a document called ‘Our Lives in 2014’ to help shape the provision of Mental Health Services over the ensuing ten years, to establish goals and a timeframe for change. With 2014 fast approaching we would like our members to review 'Our lives in 2014' and participate in our next Discussion Forum in October where we will be asking the question "Are we any closer to the vision than we were 10 years ago?" To view the document click here.


News in the Sector

Piri Pono Service Launched
Connect Supporting Recovery launched their peer run acute alternative service Piri Pono today. The service works in collaboration with the Waitemata District Health Board and offers a real alternative to hospitalisation for people going through extremely stressful and emotional times. For more information click here.

Service-User Seeks Messages of Support for an Open Letter to their Psychiatrist
Engage Aotearoa has received an open letter to share from a member of the community who has been using one of the Community Mental-Health Services in Auckland. The letter will be read in a week or two to the clinician involved. The service-user also wishes to read a handful of messages of support to reinforce to the doctor that he is not alone in his experiences. To read the letter and to find out how you can lend your support click here.

IIMHL Update - Efficacy of Antipsychotics questioned by Doctor
Dr Thomas Insel has written an article on his blog for the National Institute of Mental Health called 'Antipsychotics: Taking the Long View' saying: 
"We realize that for too many people, today’s treatments are not good enough...we need to ask whether in the long-term, some individuals with a history of psychosis may do better off medication." to read the article click here.
Te Pou releases new tool to help reduce the use of seclusion and restraint
New Zealand mental health and addiction services are all charged with reducing seclusion and restraint events. Many services use the evidence-based Six Core Strategies©, developed in the USA, as a framework to guide and drive their seclusion and restraint reduction work with good outcomes. To support this, Te Pou has reworked the original Six Core Strategies© checklist into a comprehensive tool for New Zealand services. Visit the Te Pou website to download the New Zealand version.

Shared Vision Recovery Conference - Call for Speakers
The theme for this years conference is 'Building Relationships'. Shared Vision are looking for tangata whaiora to speak and present.  The success of these annual conferences is due solely to the participation of  service users. Thay are looking for people who will share their stories, thoughts, ideas and experiences around the general theme of building relationships. They welcome all enquiries, questions, proposals. For more information click here.
Art Competition
First ($250), Second ($150) & Third ($100) vouchers ALL AGES CAN ENTER Winners will be presented with their prizes at the launch.Entries must be received by Friday 27th September 2013 See facebook page for terms and conditions and enter by sending your artwork to  Counties Manukau Smokefree 2025 or

Events, training, and workshops

Health Quality & Safety Commission: Co-design Programme using Experience-based Design
The Health Quality & Safety Commission invites you to take part in an eight-month programme for service users and health providers to learn about experience-based design (EBD).
The programme has been organised by the Commission, and will be facilitated by Lynne Maher, Director of Innovation, Ko Awatea. Read the reviews of last year’s programme and more information by clicking on this link.
Peer Employment Training
RINZ and Connect Supporting Recovery are offering peer employment training starting in November. The due date for application for both is October the 11th, 2013.
For more information and to download an application form click here.
Fiesta in the Park: Free Family Event
Saturday 12th October from 12 to 7pm, Western Park, Ponsonby Rd (Rain day:  Sunday 13th). In celebration of Mental Health Awareness events across the globe Fiesta in the Park welcomes Sola Rosa to the Fiesta and are joined by old friends Jan Hellreigel, Emma Paki, Sam RB, The Desotos, Mike Chunn &Play it Strange, and Ash Graham.  Spoken word poetry by Literatti, and dance by Touch Compass. For more information click here.
Shared Vision Annual Touch Rugby Touch Tournament
Saturday 19th October 9am -3pm Silverdale Rugby Club 6 Hibiscus Highway, Silverdale. Grades: Mixed Elite, Mixed Social & Family Teams. To register or for more information click here.
Combined Rebranding Hui
Counties Manukau Alcohol or Other Drug Consumer Network Counties Manukau Mental Health Consumers Friday 27 September 2013 9am – 1pm at Room 2 Pacific Business Trust, 733 Great South Road, Otahuhu. For more information click here.

Ngā Karahipi o Te Rau Mataini (Scholarships) Open for Application
Te Rau Matatini are pleased to provide a suite of scholarships funded by the Ministry of Health that include:
Hoe Tahi – Alcohol and Addictions (AOD) Scholarships, Hoe Whā- Problem Gambling Scholarships, Henry Rongomau Bennett Foundation Māori Leadership in Health Scholarship. For more information click here.
LifeHUB are a mentoring, support and skills training service based in the Auckland area. They are running a course teaching Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT) for the general public, business and government services. The 8 week course (2 hours per week) will commence on Wednesday 23 October continuing each Wednesday for 8 weeks. For more information click here. To register your interest click here

Ted Talks

All kinds of minds. "These powerful stories shatter preconceived notions about mental illness, and pose the provocative question: What can the world learn from different kinds of minds?"


Strengthing Families Co-ordinator - Raeburn House
Registered Comprehensive Nurse - Te Tomika Trust
Look for Vacancies on the Te Pou website.
See Do Good Jobs for a list of 'do-gooder' jobs in your region.
 Auckland Health Jobs for a list of clinical and non-clinical jobs in the Auckland region.

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