The Arc Group , September 2012
the ARC Group coordinated a Mental Health Leadership Summit in Wellington to which they invited leaders in New Zealand’s mental health sector, along with Professor Roberto Mezzina from Trieste, Italy, to talk about transformational change in our mental health and addiction system – what is required of this change, what it may look like and what each of us can do to facilitate such a change.
Amigos Peer Support Group
Amigos is a series of peer run and led groups made up of people who have experienced mental distress and are interested in connecting with other adults of all ages who have had similar experiences.
A paper prepared by Phoenix for Capital and Coast District Health Board, August 2012
The Capital and Coast DHB has indicated a strong interest in developing peer work . This paper was prepared to help the DHB define, the major types of peer work, its origins, policy context, its values, evidence-base and development needs. The paper recommends way forward for CCDHB to collaborate with the Phoenix Group to develop this workforce. It was been prepared on behalf of the Phoenix an informal local group of mental health service users that promotes our shared interests.
September 2011, Mental Health Commission, Wellington, New Zealand
Provides a high-level summary of the social inclusion of people with experience of mental distress and/or addiction in New Zealand (PDF)
- Mental Health and Social Inclusion: Making Pyschiatry and Mental Health Services fit for the 21st Century
June 2009, Royal College of Psychiatrists Social Inclusion Scoping group, UK (PDF)
Engage Aotearoa: where a service user perspective meets the science of psychology. Resources include:
The Coping Kete
Community Resources Directory
Information and Resources
Its aim is to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues and to encourage the traditionally stoical and staunch farming community to talk about their problems and to seek help if necessary.
Inspired by Down on the Farm - Depression and mental health in the rural South , The Taranaki version features Taranaki farmers, their stories and where and how to get help locally.
Alcohol Drug Association New Zealand's national directory of services for people experiencing addiction problems.
This first collection of Stephen Bamber essays is an unspoken manifesto that recovering people have far more to offer the alcohol and other drugs arena than their personal stories of self destruction and rebirth.
A guide to developing a framework for collecting information from consumers to improve the quality of health and disability services.
Developed by the Health Safety and Quality Commission this toolkit describes 11 methods for capturing consumer experience.