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Do you like to keep updated with what is happening in the Mental Health & Addiction sector nationally but get annoyed going from website to website?  Look no further, we have made things easier and collated up to date information from various MH&A websites to keep you informed.

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Applications are now opened for all scholarships and awards offered by Te Rau Matatini. Applications will close on 16 January 2015 - click here or the logo below to access scholarship information,


National Newsletters

     Matua Raki
Sept 2014 Issue
   Springhill News 
    Autumn 2013
    Whanau Ora 
      April 2013
       Matua Raki
   Oct 2012 Issue
  Te Rau Matatini 
   Summer Issue

    Te Rau Matatini
      Winter Issue



Vulnerable Children Act Consultation 2: Child Protection Policy Guidelines - due 25 Nov

Click here for CPP Consultation Questions
Click here for Vunlnerable Children's Action Plan

NGO Health & Disability Network members: This is the second consultation relating to the Vulnerable Children Act and Children's Action Plan that the NGO Council is assisting the Ministry of Health with. This consultation is about guidelines for developing Child Protection Policies (CPP) and the support needed to effectively implement them.

As part of this process, the Secretariat is distributing the Ministry's information and collating responses from NGOs, which will be passed on to the Ministry for consideration. Please read the Ministry's message below and the attached documents and then provide any feedback via our online survey tool by clicking here

The deadline for this CPP consultation is 25 November 2014. Regards Grant Aldridge. NGO Secretariat.NGO Health and Disability Network


Adolescents and Depression
SPARX is a self-help internet-based E-therapy programme, developed for young people who may be experiencing mild to moderate depression or anxiety


For those of you who may not be aware, this interactive website named SPARX (ref attached) was launched during April 2014 and has been developed for youth exhibiting symptoms of depression. It has been funded by the MoH, developed by experts in the field from the University of Auckland as is part of the Prime Minister's youth mental health work stream.

Click here for the Sparx Mental Health Release
Click here for Sparx Youth update


Funds For Families Campaign

We are excited to launch Funds for Families 2014 and help New Zealand families change for the better.

With your help, we want to raise $300,000 to help 300,000 young people and families this year. Your donation will enable us talk to even more teenagers about their attitudes to sex, drugs, alcohol and mental health, and it will help us give families tools they can use to build strong foundations.

By supporting The Parenting Place you will help parents with the challenges they are facing today, and that will help change the New Zealand of tomorrow.

Watch our video to learn more, click here

Key Messages

Young people
Be the Change. Lead the way. Embrace diversity and difference. Small actions can make big changes in world. Support your mates and their changes. Grow, challenge yourself, try something different. Create a movement of change.

Champion young people, acknowledge what they contribute. Be supportive of young people’s passion and enthusiasm; give them the tools to take action. Be a positive role model for young people. Embrace diversity.  Celebrate young people’s successes. Be part of a movement of change.

Quotes for 'Be the Change':

“Be the change you want to see in the world” - Gandhi 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

Healthy Families NZ 

Encouraging families to live healthy lives by making good food choices, being physically active, sustaining a healthy weight, not smoking and drinking alcohol only in moderation, is part of the Governments approach to promoting good health. 

Healthy Families NZ (HFNZ) is a new initiative that aims to bring together the right mix of leadership, encouragement, information and resources to help people make healthier choices for themselves and their families. 

Healthy Families NZ Encouraging families to live healthy lives
Healthy Families NZ_summary 03 2014.doc
Healthy_families_nz_-_cabinet_paper_redacted_version 2014.docx 

World Congress on Juvenile Justice
Date: 26 - 30 January 2015, Venue: Geneva, Switzerland

Despite the vast diversity of judicial systems, the similar challenges arise such as detention conditions for children in conflict with the law, the respect of the rights of children in conflict with the law, the efficiency of non-custodial measures, the advantages of restorative juvenile justice, the reform of the juridical system and the effective prevention of youth offending.

Go to website for more details click here


New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan

The New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2013–2016 outlines a programme of actions that the Government will implement over the next four years.  It is a cross-government Action Plan bringing together the work of eight agencies.  The Action Plan builds on the previous action plan covering 2008–2012.  Both action plans reflect the goals of the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy 2006–2016.  (Click here to view the Action Plan)

The Action Plan includes actions designed to:

National Dementia Cooperative Update May 2014

National Dementia Cooperative Update March 2014

National Dementia Cooperative Update May 2013

National Dementia Cooperative Update April 2013

National Dementia Cooperative Update March 2013

National Dementia Cooperative Update February 2013

National Dementia Cooperative Update January 2013