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Positive experiences in open employment of mental health service users
What is this study about?
The aim of this research is to identify the factors that contribute to the positive and successful employment experiences of mental health service users.
Are you a mental health service user in open employment?
If yes, we would like to interview you and your employer.
Open employment means regular jobs (part time or full time) which are either permanent or contracted. For this project we are not wanting to interview people using supported employment services or who are working in mental health services as a peer, consumer advisor or lived experience practitioner.
Our definition of mental health service users is people who are using primary or secondary mental health services (e.g. GPs, NGO services, DHB mental health teams) on a regular basis or from time to time.
Each interview will take about an hour at a place and time of your convenience.
How do I take part?
If you are interested in taking part in the study, or would like some more information, please contact:
Dr Sarah Gordon
Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago Wellington
Telephone Number:- 07 8235025/ 021 134 6816
Email Address: email@example.com
[This project has been reviewed and approved by the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee. Reference: 14/022]
If physical illness/ injuries where treated the same way as mental illness.
31st October 2013
A completely new way to tackle depression in New Zealand from the guys that brought you the World’s Biggest Waterslide, Live More Awesome.
The Live More Awesome Foundation is proud to announce the launch of their new depression initiative.
It works like this…sign up to donate $5 every month, you then get to vote on which of the five “gives” you want to see happen. All “gives” are Live More Awesome style events or initiatives to help reduce depression, decrease stress or simply make NZ a happier place. The “give” that gets the most votes each month wins and becomes a reality. You can then volunteer to help make it happen, or, you can just sit back and wait for us to send you the monthly update newsletter that will contain the video of all the good work that your $5 did! You’ll be so proud of yourself, and us, you’ll share that video with all your friends and get them to sign up, therefore providing more money to do amazing things the month after! Didn’t like any of the five things on the list? Suggest your own! If it’s good, we’ll put it in the next vote.
Co Founder Jimi Hunt says…
“We needed a way to get people involved in giving again, to help them feel like they were making a difference. With Gimmie Five, they are. Not only do they get a say in exactly where it goes, but they can actually suggest ideas for the future as well as volunteer their own time.”
With depression affecting as many as 1 in 5 New Zealanders at any one time, this is an issue that needs to not only be approached in a fun and interesting way, but it needs to be talked about constantly in order to remove the stigma of depression in this country.
Gimmie Five went live on the 1st of November.
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For more information on Live More Awesome & Gimmie Five see –
Gimmie Five: http://www.gimmiefive.co.nz
Live More Awesome: http://www.livemoreawesome.com
Click here for more information on depression.
LMA Jimi & Dan PR Image: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/6440746/LMA_PR_image.jpg
For all media enquiries including interviews please contact:
Jimi Hunt (Co Founder)
021 020 29618
About The Live More Awesome Foundation:
Live More Awesome is an initiative Jimi and Dan came up over a late lunch one day.
The “Live More Awesome Foundation” is a New Zealand based not for profit formed in 2012 and is a charity that survives like many others on love. We get no funding from the government or any foundations.
Our Mission is to develop a series of programmes & tools to help as many people as we can to “Live More Awesome” lives and subsequently beat depression and improve the mental health of the nation.
1. Develop a “30 Days To Live More Awesome” programme website and material. Actual practical steps for people to start doing to improve their depression without drugs.
2. Release a book showing people who are looking after people with depression how to cope.
3. Raise as much awareness about “Asking For Help” and removing the stigma from depression as possible by throwing amazing events.
4. Develop a programme that puts vegetable gardens into every school in the country.
5. Host the World’s first Mental Wellness event.
6. Implement our “Gratitude in schools” programme
6. Continue being awesome. Inspiration then information.
About Jimi Hunt:
Jimi Hunt is a man who has spent most of his life doing ridiculous things for his own amusement. Things like building the World’s Biggest Waterslide, playing golf through the streets of downtown Auckland and holding an alternative summer Olympics including events such as sandcastle building and frisbee golf.
But what none of his friends knew was that Jimi had been silently battling with depression. It was eating him alive from the inside, affecting his business, losing him friends and slowly, painfully destroying his marriage.
Disillusioned with the help and advice he received, he read that having a goal could help with depression. Five minutes later Jimi set his goal and announced it to the world — he would travel the entire 425km length of the Waikato River on an inflatable mattress. Loneliness, 21,000 people following the journey on Facebook, chancing upon a dead body in the river, unbridled kindness from strangers, physical pain and crazy psychic predictions are just some of the strange tales from the river.
About Dan Drupsteen:
Dan has a passion for seeing the upmost potential in others and sparking people to do what they love. He believes that learning to be happy with what you have while working towards your dreams is fundamental to a fulfilling life.
“Having experienced psychosis, adrenal fatigue, anxiety, panic attacks and depression and come out the other side, I have a firm belief that everything is possible. Inspiring others by how I choose to live is my upmost mission in life.
I’m a crazy haphazard experimenter and meticulous researcher. And I love creating new ideas” says Drupsteen.
People are stronger when they pull together. Here are some tips from the Mental Health Foundation about how we can connect within our communities.
•Join or set up a neighbourhood group.
•Hold a poetry evening related to connection.
•Organise a street BBQ.
•Attend a community centre open day.
•Organise or attend cultural performances – in a shopping centre or park.
•Take time to read your local newspaper or newsletter – find out what’s going on in your local area – then organise a group outing to support it.
How are you connecting with your community this week?
Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) is this week, and the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) is encouraging New Zealanders to take this opportunity to CONNECT with the people in their lives who may be feeling lonely and isolated.
CONNECT, one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing, is the official theme for MHAW 2013.
“Connecting with others is the most powerful tool we have for feeling happy and mentally well,” says Hugh Norriss, Director of Policy & Development at the MHF.
“The recent Wellbeing Index showed that only 30% of Kiwis are connecting socially with others more than once a week. Many people are inadvertently isolating themselves because they have so many competing demands on their time, but the effects of loneliness on both physical and mental health are too serious to ignore.”
Isolation not only contributes to depression, but can often make the experience of having depression more severe, and hinder recovery.
Brain scientists know that having strong social networks improves brain health – people who are connected with others perform better on memory and cognition tests. They are also likely to be less stressed, have stronger immune systems and better quality of sleep.
“Connecting is not only good for your wellbeing, but it provides a boost to the people you’re connecting with, too” says Hugh. “It’s a really generous way of taking care of yourself!”
Some people find the thought of socialising with strangers frightening, but Hugh says that connecting doesn’t just mean organising large parties or joining a sports club.
“Smiling at shop assistants, patting a cat, or thanking your bus driver are all little things that we could all do, and they provide a meaningful boost to our wellbeing,” he says.
Organisations around the country are busily organising MHAW celebrations. From a mass dog walk in Southland to a hui in Northland, Kiwis from all walks of life are connecting with the MHAW message.
“Feeling close to, and valued by other people is a fundamental human need,” says Hugh. “It seems so obvious, but maybe it’s one of those common-sense things that we all need to remind ourselves to do more frequently.
“Start small, maybe by making one non-business phone call a day. You’ll notice the difference in your mood very quickly!”
Check out the MHF website for tips and ideas on how to connect with the people in your life and a comprehensive list of MHAW activities nationwide.
You can also CONNECT with the Mental Health Foundation on Facebook. Throughout MHAW we’ll be sharing tips on connecting, and awarding prizes for the best CONNECT ideas. Visit the official MHAW website, www.mentalhealth.org.nz/mhaw for more information.
For more information or comment, contact:
Senior Communications Officer
DDI: 09 300 4425
Mobile: 021 740 454