Rākau Roroa/ Tall Trees
The Lived Experience Leaders Initiative
Applications are currently closed
Mental distress is a common experience and is more than the labels of depression or anxiety. It includes people’s experiences of feeling isolated, lonely, being overwhelmed by stress and feeling unable to cope.
Rākau Roroa is a NZ initiative to train and support people who want to use their personal lived experience of mental distress to create change in their workplace, iwi, church, marae, and community to reduce discrimination and normalise experiences of difficulty or distress.
If you are looking for an opportunity to create a meaningful difference for other people who are going through difficult times then apply!
This is a unique opportunity to learn and engage with other people who also want to make a difference. You will be supported through the whole Rākau Roroa process by mentors who have been selected based on their experiences and knowledge. And best of all it is completely free as the Rākau Roroa initiative is run by Changing Minds and funded through the Like Minds, Like Mine programme.
We are looking for people to apply now to be participants (Tall Trees), to take part in May/June 2018.
For more information about mental distress in NZ check out:
We are particularly interested in hearing from people with lived experience of mental distress who are connected to Māori, Pasifika, young people (under 25 years of age), or are connected to other communities like the LBGTTQI+, new mothers, older people, or rural communities.
What you will get from Rākau Roroa:
Through training and on-going support, Rākau Roroa will create and maintain a network of recognised leaders or, Tall Trees, who have personal lived experience of mental distress and recovery and are confident to publicly champion positive messages around the value of these experiences. These Tall Trees will;
– Be equipped with the tools, skills and messages required to challenge discrimination and social exclusion and encourage help seeking and inclusive behaviours.
– Apply their learning to the communities they already have influence in (industry/workplace/culture etc.)
– Have public respect by being credible, authentic and honest about their mental health struggles and strengths.
– Confidently look for opportunities to disclose their lived experience in a way that challenges myths and stereotypes.
– Walk the talk as a competent, capable and professional community leader who is open about their lived experience of mental distress.
Please be prepared to:
– Allow 10-15 minutes to complete the application
– Complete all sections of the application form
– Contact us if you have any questions or queries
– Attach references/letters of support
– Attach a photograph of yourself (for internal use)
– Confirm that you can dedicate sufficient time to completing the training
Rākau Roroa Role Description
Applications for Participants / Tall Trees close April 6th 2018
Tall Tree – You are someone with lived experience of mental distress and recovery, who is confident that with the right training and support, you will be able to positively work with your community to reduce stigma and discrimination to benefit people with lived experience of mental distress. You are well supported emotionally and professionally to be open about your lived experience and have a clear picture of how you would like to use the knowledge and skills you gain from being a part of Rākau Roroa.
Time Commitment – One, 2 day, face-to-face training between May and June. Total – 2 days + Travel where required. Subsequent training for participants (approx 14 hours self-directed study) will be online from mid to late 2018 and can be done at your own pace.
Remuneration – Training is free for selected Tall Trees, travel expenses will be reimbursed.
(Future Cohorts will open at a later date – watch this space)
1. What is the course outline?
The course is comprised of 7 modules – exploring stigma, discrimination, and wellbeing.
2. What are the expected outcomes from the programme? E.g. How will those trained use the new skills?
We are hoping that most applicants will bring their own ideas of how to apply these skills in their own communities using the skills and passions they bring to the programme. Be it as a public speaker, an artist, a musician, a workplace policy maker or anything! It is not for us to dictate what you do with your knowledge, only that you have the confidence and skills to be grounded in the core messages based on best practice that reduce stigma and discrimination and increase help seeking and inclusion.
Some may in the future go into a pool of people that Like Minds, Like Mine and the National Depression Initiative call on to represent us in the media, and some may go on to support others, but most will use their knowledge and be supported to run the projects they want to.
3. Is the course designed to just offer new skills and set up a network for those trained or is there an ongoing expectation that there will be ongoing work in our communities?
Yes (We hope so – but that work is up to the participant and what they want to do, their mentor can guide them and there may be project funding they can apply for in the future)
4. Will there be ongoing remuneration available for the ongoing work people do?
No, however they will have more information and mentoring around applying for grants and funding relevant to their own projects.
5. Where will the training be held?
Locations of the training are to be determined after applications have been closed. The locations will likely be in the major cities across New Zealand, and participants will be supported to attend their closest training location