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Welcome to this update from the Auckland Regional Consumer Network.  This is an overview of some opportunities and events happening over the next week or so in the mental health and addictions sector.  We welcome your input into these updates.  Please feel free to email Campbell with your next workshop/event/opportunity that you want to share with our communities:


RCN August Forum

We would like to say a special thank you to our speakers from last Thursdays forum; Damien Grant, Sharon Gibson and Nicola Owen. If you missed out on seeing them live the audio recordings will be available in our September Newsletter and on our Facebook page.


Our Updates/ Newsletters are moving to a fourtnightly distribution frequency beginning this week in anticipation of our new website. In the meantime we encourage you to keep an eye on our Facebook page for posts, news and events. Todays update will be folowed by our September Newsletter due out on the 3rd.

Shared Vision Employment Summit

Find, Get and Keep Work

Shared Vision is hosting a not-to-be missed employment summit next week. For those looking for work this is a excellent opportunity to meet with employment specialists and services including Work and Income New Zealand. People can, and do, recover from challenging health conditions. Appropriate employment is often a key factor in the recovery journey, and can make a dramatic difference to people's lives - how they see their world, how they see themselves, how they see their future. For employment to be effective it it needs to be supported by appropriate services. Supported Employment is based in the open labour market (same rewards, same conditions as everyone else) and the principles of  ASENZ. Their flyer is here. There are two summits that you can attend:

Date: Wednesday 22nd August 2012
Time: 10.00am-2.00pm
Venue: West Auckland, Te Pai Place Netball Stadium Henderson
To Register contact Barbara Reid at Walsh Trust;
Ph: (09) 837 5240
North Shore
Date: Wednesday 29th August 2012
Time: 10.00am-2.00pm
Venue: North Shore AMI Netball Stadium (off Northcote Rd Exit)
To Register contact Chris Jones at Raeburn House;
Ph: (09) 486 8939

The Big reTHiNK

Open Audition Casting Call - Sunday 26th August

The Big reTHiNK at Q Theatre, Auckland (1st – 6th October) is being promoted as a “Mind-altering event” and will launch Mental Health Awareness week this year by putting on a professional production showcasing multi-genres including multimedia, comedy, theatre and music.
The aim is to to use reTHiNK as a vehicle to get audiences and mainstream media to think about mental health issues, challenges and possible solutions.

Twelve short plays with individual Directors will be woven with a live session band, well known stand up comedians, other performance arts, film and motion graphics to tell a story of the journey through madness and recovery, and we are looking to cast over 50 roles for these plays through an open casting session next Sunday the 26th of August 2012. For more information - click here.

Events and Opportunities

Hearing Voices Support Group
There will be a “Hearing voices support group” run by Hearing Voices Network NZ at Whariki starting on the 28th August 2012; from 2pm to 3.30pm.
The support group will run on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month.
Please contact Whariki Staff to register the client’s interest in this group or email for any enquiry.
Colour & Shape: A-Swirl with Art in Grey Lynn
Visual artist Joshua Kama-Lee Szabo exhibition opens in Grey Lynn.
Toi Ora Live Art Trust is proud to announce the debut of visual artist Joshua Kama-Lee
Szabo, with a solo exhibition, Colour & Shape, opening on Tuesday 21 August 2012 and
running until Friday 7 September 2012, at the Toi Ora Gallery in Grey Lynn, Auckland.
For more information click here.
Have Your Say on the Future of Mental Health  Research
Have you ever used mental health services? Are you interested in improving those services? Research that is from the perspective of service users is so important in terms of getting input from you guys as to how services could be improved
and resources allocated. This will take 15 minutes of your time, but it is 15 minutes well spent. These researchers are seeking your input into what research projects they should cover in the future. Please complete the survey and have your say:

Work and Income NZ Presentation - Whariki Recovery Solutions
Brought to you by Recovery Solutions, this presentation will cover: Changes in benefits and grants; Processes in accessing WINZ services; Question time
When: Monday 24 September, 10-12noon.
Venue: Whariki - 54 Carruth Road, Papatoetoe
RSVP: Carol Iese, phone: 09 279 8233 or 09 279 8240 or email:

Free Quit Smoking Programmes Available
Three programmes available.  All provided free of charge. For more information, see this brochure.

Views and experiences of antidepressants
Auckland University is looking for 1000 New Zealanders take part in an online survey about antidepressant use.
They want to get a full picture of people’s experiences of antidepressants. If you have been prescribed antidepressants in the last five years, they would love you to take part! This survey is anonymous, you will not be asked for your name or address and it takes only 20-30 minutes to complete. 
Listen to John Read, Auckland University professor of psychology talking about his research on antidepressant use here.
Or click on this link and complete the survey now.

NGO Social Work Study Awards - 2013
The next application round for the NGO Social Work Study Awards is now open and will close on Friday 12 October 2012 – approximately 70 new study awards will be available commencing in the 2013 academic year. You can view the information flyer by clicking here. Further information: These awards are administered by Family and Community Services (FACS), a service line of the Ministry of Social Development.  More information about these study awards is available on their website or by calling their free phone 0508 346 376.
Attitude is a weekly, half hour documentary-style programme for and about people living with a disability and the producers are looking for new talent.
They are currently researching a series of stories related to mental illness and would welcome contact from anyone who would like to share their experiences.
Contact Ann-Marie on
ADHB Family, Whānau Forum All Welcome
Wednesday 29th August 2012 Time 7:00pm -  9:00pm
For more details click here or contact:
ADHB Family Advisor, Leigh Murray ph: 307 4949 ext 26520
Events and opportunities brought to you in association with Engage Aotearoa - 

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