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Happy New Year from the staff at Changing Minds!

We'd like to start the year by thanking all of those beautiful people that we worked with in 2012!  We hope that you all had a wonderful break over Christmas and New Years and that you had a chance to catch up with friends, family, and whanau and that you also had a chance to rest and look after yourself.
2012 was quite a year for Changing Minds with a change of management, staff, and strategic direction, the 2012 Changing Minds Film Festival, the Awareness Campaign during Mental Health Awareness Week, and the release of our new website. We had a great time working with you all in 2012 and look forward to what 2013 has to offer in terms of innovation, exciting projects, opportunities for meaningful collaboration, and positive changes in the mental health sector.

Changing Minds, Changing Chairs

Changing Minds is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chairperson on our Board of Trustees (the Council for Mental Well Being Trust).

Magdel Hammond has volunteered her time and energy to take on this very important role. Magdel is currently employed as the General Manager of Peer Services at Connect Supporting Recovery. She also manages and delivers Peer Employment Training services and is involved in a leadership capacity in a number of consumer organisations in the Counties Manukau region.


Changing Minds Seeking Board Members

Changing Minds is currently seeking new Board members to sit on the Council for Mental Well Being Trust.  We are specifically looking for members that can offer expertise in one or more of the following areas:
Maori issues; Pasifika issues; Youth issues, NGO management, Governance Board expertise; Accounting; Auditing; Legal matters; Rainbow issues (GLBTI); Disability issues; Migrant and/or Refugee Issues; Tangata Whaiora/ Motuhake grassroots work; Peer Support.


Changing Minds Forum

Changing Minds invites you to attend our February Forum where you will get a chance to have your say on new and emerging issues in the mental health and addictions sector!
Venue: Western Springs Garden Community Hall
When: Thursday 21st February 10am- 12pm
Reina Harris and Diane Hewitt, from Afifnity Services will be discussing their new roles as Consumer Leaders working with the Auckland District Health Board.  We'll also be facilitating a discussion around emerging issues in the sector as Aucklanders who access, or have accessed, mental health and/or addiction issues.
Please note: The format and venues of our Forums will be changing in the coming months, so please be sure to check our updates for further information.

News in the Sector

No More Pokies
Submissions are now open.  Have your say on Auckland's gambling policy.  For more info, click here.
Newsletter for health and disability professionals and organisations
Externals has been created to keep you updated on news and events from across the Ministry of Social Development that relate to the Health and Disability sector. To read the latest issue click here.

Events, training, and workshops

John Read Free One Day Workshop
Professor John Read’s last workshop in New Zealand before returning to the UK will summarise the latest research on the psycho-social causes of madness and the efficacy of psychological treatment approaches.
ADHB Family and Whānau Forum

Hearing Voices presentation for Family, Whānau & Friends
Health and Disability Commissioner Sector Visit
The Mental Health Commissioner, Dr. Lynne Lane, of the Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner, is meeting with consumers of mental health and addiction services, and their family/ whānau in the Auckland District Health Board Area.
Peer Zone – Peer lead workshops in mental health and addictions
Mary O'Hagan and Sara McCook-Weir have developed 18 workshops where people explore their recovery and whole of life wellbeing in a fun and safe peer group setting.
Counties Manukau District Health Board - FREE Peer Employment Training
CMDHB now have two organizations providing Peer Employment Training (PET) Recovery Innovations and Connect SR and they both are recognized as preparation for work as Peer Support Specialists, within Counties Manukau.

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Consumer Leader, Mental Health Services
Have you lived with your own experience of mental illness? Have high level communication and influencing skills?
Join a team who role model their own recovery and wellness success stories every day to lead, evaluate and enhance service delivery to others.
We want to hear from you if you have previously used DHB mental health services and are now ready to provide a consumer voice in to these services. The role is at a strategic level and so you will need to be a critical thinker and be able to advocate for consumer issues at a systems level.  You will be culturally competent and preferably have expertise with a key population group, Maori, Pacific, youth and/or LGBTI.

Connect Supporting Recovery - Peer Support Workers in Mental Health - North Shore and Rodney.
Are you looking for an exciting role where you can make a difference using your personal experience of mental distress and recovery? If the answer is yes, then this might be the job for you! 
Connect Supporting Recovery is an innovative, entrepreneurial company who sit at the cutting edge of values-based mental health and addiction services and are looking for people whose passion is peer support.
 Peer support is a challenging role, which requires tenacity, resilience and a sense of humour.  It is also a rewarding role where you can use your own experience of mental distress to make a difference in the lives of others.  Applications close at 11am on 1st Feb 2013. For more information click here

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