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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!

A final meeting for Taimi today before she flew back home...
"Wednesday's meeting was the national medication safety advisory group. Wider than mental health, these are the brains that get together to work out how to prevent over 2000 medication errors that happen each year in Aotearoa New Zealand. "The consumer/patient voice is vitally important at this table as it grounds us in reality. Things that feel like no brainers to us, when shared with system designers can make all the difference in keeping us safe. When they design labelling, make restrictions, fund medicines and create education they need to know the real barriers. "For example, the fact that GPs sometimes forget to mention - because they assume you don't want kids - that you shouldn't really be on sodium valparate (sold as Epilum) if you a woman of childbearing age; and that even with their best designed blister packs, your mother still puts all her pills in a sandwich bag because its easier to travel. They might seem funny, or even stupid, but these are the things that are real risk and safety considerations."
Taimi will be presenting to the committee in May, sharing the real stories around medication from consumers. If you take medication of any kind (not just for your mental health), let us know the issues around safety you would like the top brains to hear!

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We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic person to join our whānau, providing administrative support and personal assistant support to our CEO. 👉 Click on in our bio to find the job description and apply. ...

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Taimi is still hard at work in Wellington at the first meeting for 2020 of the SuMRC (suicide mortality review) committee and advisors. With most (but not all) of the group in attendance they've spent the day putting their heads together to discuss how we get better data and use it wisely to prevent loss of life - and slay the many dragons contributing to suicide in Aotearoa.
Their lived experience reports: Nuggets of Gold, the Asian Suicide Report and Fusion have already been published on the HQSC website with Te Mauri coming at you in March.

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Some of Taimi's 'take-aways' from today's Māori suicide prevention policy, research and practice summer school in Wellington...
👉Lady Tureiti Moxon (Managing Director, Te Kōhao Health) talked about the need to reform the outdated "Three P's" of Te Tiriti O Waitangi in the context of Treaty Claim findings (see image). 👉Matua Wiremu NiaNia encourages us all to stop beating down the door yelling "listen to me" and spend time building mutually respectful relationships, because "if you say enough things that make sense, they will listen, and act". 👉Whāea Hinewirangi reminded us the work Changing Minds and others who carry the mantle of holding a lived experience voice have is vitally important to a future without suicide. "Do we ask people with lived experience of surviving suicide what would work?! No." We are too busy doing our interventions and services to them that we fail to see they already hold the answers.
👉Final thought for the day was reflecting on Māori Rõngoa/medicines and healing. We all know that true healing doesn't take place in a bed or from a bottle, but by being able to choose a path that gets us closer to our moemoeā/dreams and aspirations. Our whānau know this intrinsically, and are doing it without the pūtea/$ following it. As Carla na Ngara, the director of the suicide prevention office said, "we need a more nuanced public conversation around the drivers of suicide and what we can each do about it". Doing things differently should mean exactly that, doing. Not building new round hole systems for our square pegs all over again. Fund and measure simultaneously, then rewrite the script around what our people tell us works.💕

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What's happening at Changing Minds this week? Well today Taimi is in Wellington at the Māori suicide prevention policy, research and practice summer school (University of Otago, Wellington).
Photo | Taimi, Carla na Ngara (Director, Suicide Prevention Office), Denise Kingi-Uluave (CEO LeVa) and Matua Witi Ashby, having a korero over morning tea about how we can better support our communities to feel empowered.

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On Take it From Us this week host Sheldon Brown talked to University of Auckland researcher Carol Lee about the possible links between mental health and getting enough sleep.
Catch up and listen online here:

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We've had a lot of events, surveys, job ads, submissions and reports to share lately. So today we thought we might share something a little lighter - the Good Life Project podcasts. This weekly podcast covers all the wellness topics you can think of—creativity, passion, success, happiness, purpose and meaning. 📻👇
👉 [link is in our bio]
Scroll down to see the 4 must-listen episodes to get you started and let us know what you think 🙂

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Pai mutunga! Great news – ‘Nuggets of gold: Insights from voices of lived experience' is out and proud! This report summarises the outcomes of a scoping project exploring the possibility of gathering and sharing stories from those with lived experience of suicide attempt. Thanks to Gareth Edwards and Carlene McLean for all their hard work, and our participants for their korero. Link in bio. ...

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We would all like to think we have at least one friend like Blue’s friend Ruru. The friend who sticks with you through the hard times, and you are both content in each other’s company. They just get you. Aimed at a young audience, 'Blue little penguin | Pūru kororā pōuri' is a sweet and humorous story about friendship and feelings, which quickly gets across its affirming, universal message – that it is important to look out for each other.
Purchase from the author
Read the review

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If you haven't heard about it before 'Take it From Us' is a radio show, hosted by Sheldon Brown, which actively encourages positive wellness and the participation of people with lived experience of mental distress. This week's guest said she once danced with Rolling Stones lead guitarist Keith Richards, worked on Star Wars, and asked Frank Sinatra to sing her a line from New York, New York. So what’s this experience got to do with mental health? Hear the journey of mindfulness facilitator Glenda Irwin to find out.
The live broadcast is on Tuesdays at 12.30pm on PlanetFM 104.6fm. Or listen online and catch up on previous podcasts here: 👉

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Missed it? Catch up on this inspirational article about five of Canterbury's young leaders... Shardey Harris didn't always feel comfortable talking about her anxiety and depression, but says the only way to break the stigma around mental health is to discuss it.
Read |

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Back at work? We hope that you are still relaxing, but if you are not, sneak a listen to a podcast that "explores the science of making work not suck".
WorkLife with Adam Grant
Adam hopes you’ll never see your job the same way again!

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Many of us take time at the start of a new year to reflect on what has been and think about what new directions we might want to explore over the next 12 months. If that sounds like you, you will enjoy listening to Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations - a personal selection of her interviews with thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts. All designed to light you up, guide you through life’s big questions and help bring you one step closer to your best self.

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Welcome to the New Year! If you are looking for a podcast to challenge you, engage your brain, or simply entertain you, how about...
* The Happiness Lab
* Ask me another
* Wait, wait... don't tell me

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“It’s pretty amazing to me, the whole thing that I can even feel so well now! I'd been in such a dark space for such a long time.”
Read the last #radnotbad story about Erin, who first experienced the mental health system was when she was 15. Her impactful story about her diagnosis, her recovery and how she knows what she needs to stay well is inspiring 👉👇

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In response to our written submission on the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, we have been invited to give an oral submission to the Health Select Committee this morning at 10:10am for 10 minutes. Taimi will be speaking via video link and we've been told oral submissions are live streamed on Facebook, so if you are interested tune in here - or you can catch up afterwards | ...

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If you would like to reduce your stress this Christmas, read on...
The Mental Health Foundation has put together some ideas for cost-effective and simple ways to celebrate the festive season with whānau and friends, without feeling overwhelmed.

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Another RadNotBad story is available on the Mental Health Foundation's website (if you have not already read it!). 23-year-old plumber Caleb Ihaia first experienced mental distress in his last few years at high school, and then again at university when he couldn’t shake the feeling that people were gossiping about him. “I was feeling this negativity, this worry, this anxiety… I kept thinking that I just wasn’t good enough, or weird. That feeling got harder and harder to ignore.”
Read about Caleb's experience of anxiety and depression, the challenges he faced, how he learned to seek help and open up - and how his family and friends helped him through.
Caleb is #RadNotBad |

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It has been a big week for Changing Minds as we've worked through all your feedback from the survey about the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill.
Ours thanks to everyone who responded!!
Our submission was lodged today and is available to view online:

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Changing Minds took time out at our Christmas brunch today to farewell three valued team members - Boni, Tamara and Dana - who are leaving us to go on to exciting new adventures! We would love to keep their energy, enthusiasm and creative spirits with us for longer, but we can't hold them back, so we wish them all the best with much aroha from us all! 💕 😍 We also welcome Brontë who will be project lead for Rākau Roroa and Cate who is joining the team as communications specialist. ...

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