Changing Minds leads collaborative social change projects to improve mental health and wellbeing for communities and people. We also provide up-to-date information on mental health and social development initiatives across Aotearoa.
We advocate for choice and the self-determination of people struggling with their well-being to choose the options they feel will best help their recovery. We help make the journey through Mental Health and addiction services less frightening by matching people with the services and communities that best fit, and we help to create a societal culture of understanding, acceptance and social inclusion by helping the government, services, educators, families, workplaces and the public offer confident and non-discriminatory support.
We do this by;
- Hosting and supporting events that collect or disseminate information, increase awareness or understanding or raise the profile of mental health.
- Sitting on Government, District Health Board, Funding and Services representative and advisory groups both by type of service or project, and by geographic region (regional/national/ international). The purpose of these groups is to advise on policy, improve service user experience, represent the “voice” of people with lived experience and share stories that will improve outcomes for people seeking recovery.
- Play an education role by collecting and keeping up to date on the most recent information and research relating to mental health and addictions, including the eradication of stigma and discrimination and using our experience to help the media release relevant and helpful stories.
- Mental health public education, consultancy and health promotion.
- Being a community “Hub” for people with lived experience and their families to find information, support, activity and safety.
- Working to a long term strategic plan that encompasses information, reach, gathering stories, promoting better mental health and personal and sector growth.
- Work with the arts and health community in New Zealand and Internationally to capitalise on engaging methods of delivering health promotion messages and utilise holistic methods of telling and sharing stories as well as encouraging the individual, community and societal value of self-healing, choice and autonomy.
- Work with new technologies and partners on the forefront of e-health including Augmented and Virtual Reality to create innovative ways of reaching and engaging audiences and encourage the changing of minds.