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.
Changing Minds is the operating name of the organisation, which consists of two full time staff, one part-time staff member, and a Board. The Board operates under the name: Council for Mental Well Being Trust. See Board of Trustees here
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.
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 our members.
- Enabling consumer voices to be heard at all levels of decision-making process.
- Providing feedback and sharing information with other consumer-lead organisations.
- Challenging stigma and discrimination associated with mental health issues and addictions.
- Supporting regional events and services
- Supporting individuals to get access to information about mental health services, community activities, networking, and support opportunities.
- 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 training including WRAP and Peer Support training opportunities for members.
- 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.