Changing Minds are excited to be able to extend to you an invitation to an upcoming unique event on World Mental Health Day.
In line with the theme of Mental Health Awareness week: ‘Connect’. Changing Minds are holding a facilitated Panel Discussion – to explore Mental Health & Human Rights. We have asked panel members from different communities who experience mental distress and human rights issues with the aim of connecting communities rather than separating them, and celebrating the diversity of who we are and the things that we share in common. There will be discussion with the panel, with some questions and answers led by the facilitator, and then the floor will be opened up the audience to ask questions, offer suggestions and experience, and to talk to the topic.
The discussion will start at 7.00pm promptly, and will follow the scheduled time finishing at 8.30pm. There will be time before and after the discussion to connect. The panel will be available after the event to talk with.
I would like to invite you to attend this special evening. This is an RSVP only event, spaces are very limited (40 only) and are filling up fast.
You have been invited as Changing Minds believes we can all make a real difference, and can be involved in and contribute to the discussion in an active and interesting way.
Details are as follows:
Date: 10th October 2013
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm (refreshments will be available after the discussion)
Venue: Grey Lynn Community Centre, GARDEN ROOM, 510 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, 1021
Dr Camille Nakhid – Camille is originally from Trinidad and Tobago. After teaching in New York, Hawaii and Samoa, Camille came to New Zealand to teach in secondary schools before gaining a doctorate and moving on to teach at AUT University. Camille is the Chair of Auckland Council Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel which enables her to continue her work with communities particularly those from ethnic, migrant and refugee backgrounds.
Phillip Patston – Philip is best recognised for his ten-year career as a comedian and entertainer but, these days, it’s his passion for social change that is getting him noticed. An alumni of the New Zealand Social Entrepreneur Fellowship and Leadership New Zealand, Philip is a passionate believer that, individually and collectively, we have a powerful opportunity to significantly change our social fabric simply by creatively reimagining diversity. Philip began his career as a counsellor and social worker. Over the past 15 years he’s combined working with people, entertaining and running a consulting business to create innovative ways to work with diversity, creativity and change.
Mary O’Hagan – Mary O’Hagan experienced severe mental distress and mental health services for several years as a young women. She found the services at best were ineffective and at worst they were harmful. Ever since she has been advocating for freedom and equality for people with experience of mental distress. She has led peer run organisations and an international user/survivor network and was a New Zealand mental health commissioner from 2000 to 2007. Mary is now an international consultant and developer of PeerZone – peer led workshops in mental health and addiction.
Joey McDonald – Joey grew up out in West Auckland (Bethells/Te Henga) and after a long stint down south, completing a Masters in Gender Studies, he is back in Auckland working at Affinity Services as Rainbow Liaison and Trainer. Joey is particularly interested in the overlaps of social justice, mental health, and community development. He has been involved in queer and trans communities for the last decade, and is excited about creative collaborations that enable challenging conversations.
Dr Huhana Hickey – PhD (Law) (University of Waikato), Lecturer/Research Fellow at AUT University Taupua Waiora Unit.
Facilitator: Magdel Hammond – Chair Changing Minds Board, General Manager Peer Services Connect
This evening and conversation will be photographed, (and potentially videoed) by Changing Minds volunteers for the purpose of using on the Changing Minds Website.
This event filled rapidly, and due to the space it is being held in, we are full to capacity. We will try to capture the essence and some of the conversation of the event, so as to be able to share this with our network.
Ainslie Gee – Manager