Changing Minds is a small not-for-profit organisation that works to provide information, education, and systemic advocacy for people who experience mental distress or addiction issues, as well as to the wider Auckland community.
We support self-determination and the right for people to have input into their own care and treatment paths. We recognise and value the diversity of human experience and strive to work innovatively to encourage positive social change, particularly in the areas of mental health and addictions.
- Changing Minds is an evidence based, progressive, professional and holistic organisation.
- We respect people’s differences of culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, personal values and spiritual beliefs.
- We promote self-determination through supporting self-confidence, empowerment and recovery and promote full participation in society.
- We recognise and act on inequitable health outcomes for Maori, Pacific and migrant communities.
- We advocate from a human rights approach.
- We support the principles of te Tiriti o Waitangi.
- We stand up against discrimination and social exclusion.
- We advocate for Government to act on social determinants of mental health and addictions (good housing, income and employment, education and health) at regional and national levels.
We do this in the following ways:
- Providing up to the minute information about relevant services, resources and events available in the Auckland region.
- Delivering evidence-based systemic advocacy for people who use mental health and/or addiction services.
- Enabling consumer voices to be heard at all levels of decision-making process.
- Challenging stigma and discrimination associated with mental health issues and addictions.
- Holding a monthly forum
- Seeking regular feedback from members about issues arising within the sector that affect them and their whanau/families.
- Collaborating with other agencies to offer events
We cover the entire Auckland region, however, as many of our resources are online we have members and supporters from all over Aotearoa, and worldwide.