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Blueprint ii Survey 

Changing Minds has prepared a short survey to establish the readership of, and engagement with, Blueprint ii. This document precedes major changes to the mental health and addictions sector. Please take the time to click on the following link to let us know what you know, and what you think. Your name is not required and your personal information will remain confidential at all times.
Blueprint ii Survey

Rising to the Challenge - Submit!

The Ministry of Health has released for stakeholder consultation Rising to the Challenge: The Mental Health and Addiction Service Development Plan 2012 – 2017.  The purpose of the Plan is to provide direction for mental health and addiction service delivery across the health sector over the next five years, and to clearly articulate Government expectations about what changes are needed to build on and enhance gains made in the delivery of mental health and addictions in recent years. The Plan incorporates key themes from Blueprint II and advances the Government’s focus on better performing public services. 
A copy of the consultation document is here and the feedback form is attached here. 

Changing Minds Film Festival - Final Date

Thanks to all those that came to the screenings on Monday and Wednesday. We look forward to seeing you on the final day of our film fesival programme. Whittaker's Chocolate Lovers are kindly sponsoring our screenings and discussions this Saturday. Free chocolate with your free films and informed discussion! If you wish to book for either please drop us a line at: - there are still some spaces left.

Saturday 13 October – Kenneth Myers Centre
1:00 – Screening and Discussion:A History of Madness through NZ TV and Cinema (75 mins)
Mark Sweeney (NZFA), Film Archivist, has curated and compiled screenings of representations of 'mental illness' in NZ moving image. Utilising the extensive collection of the New Zealand Film Archive he has put together a programme of excerpts based on personal interest and experience with the subject; drawn from having siblings with diagnoses of schizophrenia and his subsequent professional involvement in moving image creation and education. Always intrigued and sometimes appalled at how mental illness is dealt with in the mass media, this personal representation presentation is his take on how it has played out in NZ film and TV over the last 100 years.

4:00 – Screening: Black and White (17 mins), Mental Notes (75 mins)
To read the film briefs for these films please click on the following link to our October newsletter.

5:40 – Panel Discussion -“How can film-makers represent diverse human experience in order to create positive social change?”
Panel Members: Jim Marbrook (film-maker - Mental Notes), Kirsty MacDonald (film-maker-Black and White), Mark Sweeney (NZ Film Archive), Dr. Dean Manley (PhD) 
Ask the Panel a question - either in person or by emailing us on the address provided below:
For more information, visit the facebook page or  contact us by emailing us at or by calling Tina on 09 623 1763 or Campbell on 09 623 1762

M.H.A.W. - other events

Toi Ora
Printastic - 2-26 October 5:00pm-4:00pm
Toi Ora warmly invite you to Printastic, a showcase of our printmakers' latest work after a studio term of hard graft and keen artistic vision using Toi Ora's brand spanking new Manuka printing press. The exhibition will run from Tuesday 2 October to Friday 26 October 2012.
Toi Ora October Gig - 18 October 7:30pm-11:00pm
Join Toi Ora Live Art Trust  at the Thirsty Dog on K' Rd for October Gig 2012 featuring Alaska, The Jazz Apples, Gabrielangelo and Mindu Theatre Troupe, alos feat Louise Williams, Emily McDonald, David Hamilton, Toi Ora Poets, Wallace Stevenson, Genisis Moana, and OSP.

Te Ata
Dance Party and Sausage Sizzle Friday October 12th (12pm – 4pm) 
Anyone from Te Ata and other mental health agencies and their support workers can purchase tickets for $1 to head along to Te Ata for their social dance and to meet like minded people in a safe environment. Drinks, nibbles and music will be provided and a $1 sausage sizzle will be available on site for fundraising.
Phone  09 837 0671 Email

The Insatiable Moon
The Insatiable Moon & documentary - nationwide screening - 14 October 8:30pm-11:30pm
Maori Television and The Insatiable Moon are proud to announce a special television event as the climax to Mental Health Awareness Week. Maori Television will be showing The Insatiable Moon, immediately followed by the associated documentary Lunatic: Destigmatizing Mental Illness with Arthur of Ponsonby.

October Forum

Changing Minds invites you to attend our monthly public forums held on the third Thursday of every month.These forums provide an opportunity to share information and to network with others in the mental health and addictions sector.

Venue: Western Springs Garden Community Hall
When: Thursday 18th  October 10am- 12pm 

Speakers: Adrienne Giacon - Hearing Voices Network & Adrienne Grace - "A Positive Pathway"

Events and Opportunities

Mindfulness Video 
Grant Rix is a mindfulness tutor and in these five videos he explains what the buzz word – mindfulness – actually means, and how you can use it to savour the moment and really engage in your life. In the three audios, Grant takes you through some mindfulness practice.

The Law in a Nutshell 
A Practical Law Course. Come and learn how the law can help you and your community. Cost $40. For more information click here.
To enrol call us on (09) 275 4310 or email your name and address to
Social Phobia Therapeutic Workshop
Would you like help with Social Anxiety? Held over 12 weeks on Saturdays in a group therapy setting, the Phobic Trust provide effective and practical treatment of Social Phobia. Where: 77 Morningside Drive, St Lukes. Cost $66.45 per session and full funding may be available. For more information click here.
Film Screening and Discussion
'From Ambition to Meaning' a fim by Wayne Dyer which explores the spiritual journey from ambition to meaning. The powerful shift from the ego constructs we are taught early in life by parents and society - which promote an emphasis on achievement and accumulation - are shown in contrast to a life of meaning, focused on serving and giving back. 10am-2pm Tues 6th November 762 Mt Eden Rd. RSVP Adrienne Grace ph 4800 458. Please bring a small healthy contribution for lunch.

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[The opinions and articles expressed in this Newsletter do not necessarily represent the views of Changing Minds, or anyone associated with Changing Minds.]