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Changing Minds Mad Hatters Tea Party

Come join us to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week and indulge in some sweet treats, fancy hat swapping and backyard tea drinking!

Kicking off at 2pm on a sunny Wednesday afternoon. We would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness of all the different hats we wear in our every day lives and appreciate that sometimes all the hats at once can be a little overwhelming.

We would like to celebrate you and all the struggle bubbles you may have been in throughout life. Let us pour you some delightful flavoured tea, ply you with sweet afternoon baking treats and dress you up in some amazingly mad hats!

If you make your own hat to bring, you go in the draw to win a prize, so if you have a little time and like getting crafty – make your own hat!

Want to run your own Mad Hatters Tea Party?

We all wear many different hats in our lives, from mother, brother, sibling to colleague, learner, teacher. Sometimes wearing so many hats can become a little overwhelming and make us feel like we are a little mad. Let’s celebrate just how many hats we wear and how great a job we do by wearing so many of them at once. Join us to break down some myths around mental health by talking about it and finding out just how similar we all are.

To host your own Mad Hatters Tea party simply follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to put this address in your URL:
  2. Register your individual supporter page choosing Changing Minds as your charity.
  3. Search for Mad Hatters Tea Party and ask to join as a team member
  4. Share the URL (link to the page) on your Facebook Page and any groups you are in on Facebook.
  5. Start planning the party using Facebook events

Get in touch with our team if you have any questions!

Now we are into our second week of virtual work, we thought we'd take turns to let you know how we are managing - first up - CEO, Taimi 🙂
*Biggest lockdown challenge?* Trying to get even more work done, while beginning new initiatives and looking after the wellbeing of our extended whānau - all while juggling pandemic planning, sector engagement and a kid throwing Lego down the stairs! *What are the upsides?*
I love looking out my new office window into the forest. I'm also enjoying the increased team time we are having with coffee catch-up meetings and other check-ins. I have time to not only dream big, but implement some of this vision quickly and it’s nice having (most) of my family in my bubble – they’re cool cats.🐈🐈
*What are you reading/watching to keep your sanity*
I usually read post-apocalyptic novels for fun, but it doesn’t seem appropriate right now so I am reading fantasy and watching stand up comedy on Netflix.
*Best lockdown mental health advice*
Connecting with people online that I haven’t spoken to for years – especially extended family. Keeping the oldies in the family amused with funny or slightly rude messages and posts (they can’t tell us off from isolation!). Making my own sourdough and sauerkraut, keeping warm with hot water bottles and trying this strange but fun sexy-hiphop dance class I would never have turned up for in person 🕺🕺. Mostly I am enjoying not commuting! *How are you keeping the kids entertained - or how are they entertaining themselves?* Luckily my teacher partner is home to help keep 'miss seven' safe, entertained and busy. So they've been chopping wood (yes, seriously!), putting soundproofing in the van and taking bush walks in the backyard. 🚌🌳

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We love this idea from one of our Tall Trees, Ardon England 💕
Hey whanau and friends here is a little something I have created to help keep us as positive as possible through this time. Please share and spread and get on board! It truly works!
Save the photo (below) of the breakdown of how it works. It’s pretty simple but I know in my heart this will help people like me that are finding it hard to stay positive and keep anxiety at bay! Love and light from me to you!"
👉Tap on in our profile to watch Ardon's video

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What's that? Les Mills and TVNZ are partnering to run fitness classes for Kiwis? If you haven't heard the news, from 30 March TVNZ will be broadcasting free-to-air workouts, ranging from high-intensity training to stretching and meditation and will also offer workouts designed specifically for young children and teenagers. The workouts will be available on TVNZ and TVNZ OnDemand. Thumbs up from us 👍💕 ...

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*A Call Out for People for Whakatau mai | The Wellbeing Sessions*
Changing Minds is inviting registrations from potential hosts interested in being part of an upcoming series of national, publicly available, online virtual community events we are planning.
The event series is one action from us we hope will support our whānau - particularly our whānau-whaiora; our lived experience whānau who may be in need of extra aroha, but don’t require face to face or acute services - whilst also supporting the essential services who continue to manaaki whānau across Aotearoa.
We see these events as a diverse collection of virtual, video conferencing-based community and peer-run workshops, presentations, webinars, informal peer topic groups or gatherings, fun or interesting activity sessions, as well as health, wellbeing and fitness sessions.
If you can help facilitate a/some sessions with Changing Minds technical and moderation support, please register your interest in hosting a session here:
OR 👉Tap on in our profile
“He mana tō te kupu - me kōrero kia ora ai tātou”
Simple words hold great power. Let us connect so we may all find wellbeing.

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Two of our Rākau Roroa regional leaders have shared some some excellent expert advice (from a doctoral level psychologist) about how to keep yourself mentally well while you're hunkering down. Thanks Sara and Samantha!👍🙂
Tips include:
1. Stick to a routine.
2. Dress for the social life you want, not the social life you have.
3. Reach out to others for at least once daily for thirty minutes (online or over the phone).
4. Develop a self-care toolkit. This can look different for everyone.
5. Expect behavioural issues in children, and respond gently.
6. Lower expectations and practice radical self-acceptance.
7. Limit social media and COVID conversation, especially around children.
8. Help others. Find ways, big and small, to give back to others.
9. Find a long-term project to dive into. 👉Tap on in our profile to read more at Mental Wellness Matters.

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Sharing a word from the Mental Health Foundation NZ and All Right?..."Thank you to every single person who is making huge sacrifices to look after the health of our community. Thank you to everyone staying at home. Thank you to everyone who works in essential services who will keep going to work. We will get through this together. ‪As our PM said: “Everything you will all give up for the next few weeks, all of the lost contact with others, all of the isolation... it will literally save lives. Thousands of lives.” 💜 (thanks to @allrightnz for the graphics 💚)"
*👉Tap on in our profile to read All Right's article.
#changinggmindsnz #stayhomenz

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The Changing Minds team has gone virtual! Over the next four weeks Changing Minds will be staying in our bubble and working remotely (zooming, whats'apping, and more!)
We will be online during our normal working hours, so please email if you need to reach us (as our phone line is currently down). We will also be sharing any messages, ideas and virtual events that might help us all through this difficult period.
Please take care of yourselves, your family and your friends - stay strong and be kind 💕

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URGENT update from the mind tribe's Safe Tapering Pilot Programme. PLEASE be aware that with NZ in lockdown from midnight Wednesday 25 March, our meetings will no longer be face-to-face, so please do not come to the normal venue.
We will be creating an online space to meet instead. As soon as we have those details we will share them with you.

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Another great article about COVID-19 - from NZ's Dr Siouxsie Wiles and Toby Morris - with an infographic explaining how everyone can make a difference
👉Tap on in our profile to read the article.
Please look yourselves, your family and friends and keep connected online 💕

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What are your tips for how to stay calm and look after yourself right now? We like the Mental Health Foundation's Insta story, so scoot across to their page and see what people have to say. You might get some great ideas.
👉Click on in our profile to watch their story or go to @mhfnz
*And remember in NZ your best source of reliable information, updates and advice on COVID-19 is:
#stayconnected #changingmindsnz

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Our Friday read comes from the Washington Post, who have dropped their paywall for any articles to do with coronavirus.
Read their interactive article on "Why outbreaks like coronovirus spread exponentially and how to flatten the curve"
👉Click on in our profile to read the article.
#changingmindsnz #workfromhome

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Like many of you, we've been wrapping our heads around the constantly changing COVID-19 situation. To help - if you are working from home - Board Chair, Anne Bateman, has put together a starter list on ways to support and lead remote and dispersed teams.
👉Click on in our profile to read the article.
#workfromhome #stayconnected #changingmindsnz

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Our Friday read - something to get you thinking!
"...a new theory about the cause of depression has emerged: That it is a disease caused by the body’s immune system. The idea is that chronic stress causes hormonal dysregulation, and this leads to depression and other inflammatory disorders, such as arthritis, lupus, heart disease and even some forms of cancer.." 👉 Click on in our profile to read the article.
If this is something that interests you, you can also try Professor Edward Bullmore's breakthrough book "The Inflamed Mind" on the link between depression and inflammation of the body and brain.

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Want to make change in your community?
The next round of Like Minds, Like Mine Pūtea Hapori Community Grants open for applications on Monday, 16 March. Up to $10,000 is available for projects that challenge stigma or negative myths around mental distress or illness.
One in five of us live with mental distress every year in Aotearoa – that could be you, your whānau or the person you sat next to yesterday. Mental distress discrimination only makes life harder and prevents our communities from being stronger together.
Imagine the possibilities for your Grants project – and register your interest now to be the first to receive updates and the application pack! 👉 Click on in our profile to read more...

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This morning, we'd like to share a link to a story that came through our email recently - and is the reality for lots of our whānau. "Lorene Royal is a mother and grandmother who’s worked in the voluntary sector for more than 30 years. She has lived in the Hokianga in the Far North for most of her life. It’s a beautiful part of the country — idyllic even. The kind of place you’d expect to find peace and tranquillity. For many people, though, that’s far from the reality."
👉To read "Our communities are broken", click on in our profile..

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“I felt like a rabbit in the headlights, not belonging to my own body or mind, petrified with every move and decision I had to make."
BAFTA award-winning children's TV presenter Anna Williamson seemed to have it at all at the age of 25, but anxiety began to plague her. When she had a breakdown, her dream life and career looked threatened. She shares her story and the tools and tricks she used to get through the situation, in her new book, Breaking Mad: The Insider's Guide to Conquering Anxiety.
Read more and listen to her interview with Jim Mora on Radio NZ on Sunday Morning by clicking on in our profile.

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It's International Women's Day on Sunday and our comms specialist, Cate, has taken time out to join around 200 other women finding inspiration at the 'Take the Leap' free digital marketing workshop. Some of the take aways:
* Build a community around you that you feel safe in.
*Take a leap into the unknown and don't be afraid to take imperfect action.
*Change happens when we make a decision (that's when serendipity steps in).
* There's no real way to fail as long as you learn something from it.
*Celebrate the little wins.
#taketheleap2020 💕
Thanks to Rachel Lewis | She owns it & Facebook for organising!!

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Our Friday read - recommended by Taimi - enjoy!😊
"Kerry Shadbolt feared for her life as she approached the end of two years of drama therapy, provided by the NHS to help her manage her emotionally unstable personality disorder. Shadbolt, 47, had formed close friendships within her group and it was a place where she felt she could be herself. It was also sometimes the only thing she could leave her house for."
👉 Click on in our profile to

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Our friends at Inspiring Stories have recently announced a scholarship opportunity for young people to attend Festival for the Future in Wellington on 24–26 July 2020 #FFTF20.
Festival for the Future is New Zealand’s biggest summit for leadership and innovation around the big issues of our time. The annual event attracts 1,200+ delegates from across the Asia–Pacific – from Mayors and Ministers, to CEOs and emerging leaders, to anyone looking to make a difference for our future.
Scholarship applications close 16 MARCH at 9am - so get in quick! To read more and apply - click on in our profile.

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The Ministry of Health is calling for nominations to the Board of the new Mental Health Wellbeing Commission. The call is now live and can be found here:
For a direct link click on in our profile.

The Bill that will establish the Commission as an independent Crown entity is still at the Select Committee stage of the legislative process and is being considered by the Health Committee. The Health Committee received 99 submissions and heard 42 oral submissions through December 2019 and February 2020 (including those by Changing Minds). The Committee is due to report back to the House by 30 March 2020. The Bill's progress can be tracked here:

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