What is Whāriki Hauora?
Whāriki Hauora is a partnership between experts in wellbeing and people who work in the performing arts. Administered independently by Changing Minds and a volunteer steering group. We are committed to opening honest conversations about improving wellbeing within the performing arts industry, preventing suicide, and promoting initiatives that raise awareness of issues that people face.
What does it offer?
Whāriki Hauora has a public Facebook page where you can be connected with others in the industry to listen, offer or seek support without judgement.
We have also teamed up with Mind and Body to offer confidential, subsidised professional mental health peer-support sessions for people working within the performing arts sector. This could be used for people who are struggling or could just do with a bit of extra support right now.
How do i access the confidential support service?
Whāriki Hauora Support Sessions are anonymous and self-referring. If you would like to make an appointment to talk to someone, please contact Mind and Body on (09) 630 5909 ext. 821 (Auckland) or (03) 377 1818 ext. 851 (Christchurch) and mention that you would like to access the Whāriki Hauora/Wellbeing in Performance fund for Peer Support Sessions.
How it works:
You will need to pay a small amount towards your session ($25). You will also need to demonstrate that you are an active member of the performance industry (performer, crew, other) by bringing support documentation to your first session. The Whāriki Hauora fund will pay for the rest. If you require more than 6 sessions, your peer support worker will apply on your behalf for a further 2 sessions while they help you to get a referral to your choice of fully funded Mental Health or Addiction service.
What about my Privacy?
Your personal details and reasons for using this service are confidential and any personal information you disclose is collected and held in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993.
How can you help?
We need donations to be able to support everyone who needs help. Think outside the square about how you as an individual, group or organisation might contribute. Hold a fundraiser, donate X number of seats, a % of profits or an extra dollar or two to your ticket price.
Donate – www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/wharikihauora (100% goes directly towards anonymous one-to-one support sessions)