Resources

Chur! All Good, Bro? - by the Mental Health Foundation and Ministry of Health

“CHUR! All good, bro?” will help you tautoko/support fellow tāne Māori who may be going through a rough patch or thinking about suicide. You’ll find heaps of tips on how to kōrero/talk with the bro about the tough stuff, and there’s also a pull-out card with key helpline info that can be easily shared.

Covers:

  • Tāne and the three baskets of knowledge
  • Look out for the signs
  • Chur = Connect, Hear him out, Uplift, Reassure and refer
  • If you’re worried your bro is thinking about suicide
  • Looking after yourself
  • Where to go for more help

Chur! All good, bro? (mentalhealth.org.nz)

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Creating mentally healthy work environments for Māori

This series of practical tools is designed to guide workplaces in Aotearoa New Zealand to become more culturally responsive by helping them to take positive steps to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for Māori employees.

Covers:

  • What do we mean by whānau?
  • The link between whānau and oranga (work and wellbeing)
  • The importance of whanaungatanga in the workplace
  • Whānau roles and responsibilities
  • Tangihanga – bereavement and leave
  • Whānau and mahi

Creating mentally healthy workplace environments for Māori (mentalhealth.org.nz)

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Diversi-Tea Kōrero Starter cards

The Diversi-tea Kōrero Starter cards are an easy way to begin a kōrero and learn more about your hoamahi/colleagues.  Creating a mentally healthy workplace is about creating a safe, supportive and strong workplace culture. The starting point is simply getting to know each other and connecting with curiosity. When we get to know each other as whole people and not just as job roles, we develop respect and trust. Use these cards over morning tea or to start/end your team meeting to get to know your hoamahi and celebrate your similarities and differences. By giving our time and attention we make an investment in our relationships, and we have an opportunity to learn.

Prioritise workplace wellbeing and build connections between hoamahi through korero.

Diversi-Tea Kōrero Starter cards (mentalhealth.org.nz)

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Personal Mental Health Plan for the workplace

This template helps people managers to help their team members to think proactively about their mental health at work.

Proactive mental wellbeing planning template | Mental Health Foundation

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How to get heard

Talking to your parents or the other people you live with about the hard things - sex, drugs, trouble with police, bad reports & exam results, bullying, feeling bad about yourself, violence - can be really difficult. This pamphlet gives you some ideas and places to start with having these conversations.

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Real Language, Real Hope - A resource from Te Pou

Language reflects our beliefs and the way we view people. We are often unaware of the impact that the words we choose can have on our own attitude as well as on those around us. The way we speak to and about people is a window into what we are really thinking. Communication is a highly complex thing. The words we choose can convey the fact we truly value people – we believe in them – and we genuinely respect them. Or, the words we choose can make it clear we do not. People who experience mental health and/or addiction problems can feel and be put down, discouraged, demoralized, and marginalized. People can either reinforce that with the language they choose or they can fight it. None of us should be defined or limited by our challenges, labels or diagnoses, or by a single aspect of who we are. We are people first and foremost.

If you would like further information, please contact the Lived Experience Team at Te Pou Te Pou | Evidence-based workforce development | Te Pou

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Coping with Trauma – Victim Support

A traumatic event or ongoing situation is one that is frightening and overwhelming when we experience or witness it.  An event or situation can also be traumatic for us if someone we love and care about has been affected by it. Trauma affects every part of us – physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and the way we socially interact with others. It’s not just a passing emotion.

At the same time your brain is processing the trauma, it’s very likely that it has also activated the grief process. A traumatic event can turn life upside down. There is no simple fix that can make things better right away, but there are some steps you can take to help you feel more in control of things.

How can Victim Support help?

✔ Call us on 0800 842 846 to be connected with a Support Worker who can provide practical help and information, emotional support, and referral to other services at this difficult time. We’re available 24/7.

✔ Ask your Support Worker about how Victim Support can connect you with a professional counsellor in your community, and any financial support to help you with this.

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15 Things You Should Never Say….. from The Key To Life Charitable Trust

15 Things you should never say to someone with depression and 15 better ways to say it.

This is a useful guide and reminder about how our words can hurt, or help.

Example

“Bro, you’re bringing everyone down.”

Depression is not a choice. A person struggling with depression may feel helpless. They are struggling to help themselves; the last thing they need is the extra worry and pain of trying to help you.

What you could say instead: “I hate seeing you so down. What can I do to help?”

Source Material www.Helpguide.org

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Depression in Men – Why it’s so hard to recognise and what helps. From The Key To Life Charitable Trust

As men, we often believe we have to be strong and in control of our emotions at all times. When we feel hopeless, helpless, or overwhelmed by despair we tend to deny it or cover it up by drinking too much, behaving recklessly, or exploding with anger. But depression in men is a common condition. The first step to recovery is to understand there’s no reason to feel ashamed. Then you can face the challenge head-on and star t working to feel better.

In general, the differences between male and female depression:

Women tend to:

Men tend to:

Blame themselves

Blame others

Feel sad, apathetic, and worthless

Feel angry, irritable and ego-inflated

Feel anxious and scared

Feel suspicious and guarded

Avoid conflicts at all costs

Create conflicts

Feel slowed-down and anxious

Feel restless and agitated

Have trouble setting boundaries

Need to feel in control at all costs

Find it easy to talk about self-doubt and despair

Find it “weak” to admit self-doubt and despair

Use food, friends and “love” to self-medicate

Use alcohol, TV sports and sex to self-medicate

Adapted from: Male Menopause by Jed Diamond

Source Material www.Helpguide.org

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Rangatahi Toolkit – Anti Bullying

Pink Shirt Day is led by the Mental Health Foundation with support from InsideOUT, the Peace Foundation, New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA), Te Kaha O Te Rangatahi Trust, the Human Rights Commission, the Cook Islands Development Agency of New Zealand (CIDANZ), and Bullying-Free NZ Week.

The Mental Health Foundation released this toolkit for Pink Shirt day, but it has help and advice that can be applied at any time

Click image for resource.

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Village App - Empowering young people to take control of their mental wellbeing

Founded on the premise that it takes a village to raise a child, the Village app was co-designed with rangatahi and whānau for…rangatahi and whānau. The app supports young people to connect and share their feelings with trusted friends and family, called buddies. The buddies are in turn guided by the app about how to best respond to their needs.

The Starship Foundation, in partnership with Five Star Partner ASB, has funded the clinical research and development of “Village”- a communications app to support youth experiencing mental distress and at risk of self-harm.

Village is an evidence-based app, clinically researched and developed by Starship experts. Based on proven principles of whānau-ora, e-health, peer support and self-help, the app is a safe and guided space for young people to process their emotions and works effectively alongside counselling or therapy for extra support.

Help our rangatahi get connected today.

For further information and to download the app, visit www.villageapp.kiwi.

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Kei Whea A Mauri Tau – A Wellbeing Adventure Guided by Atua Māori

Te Rau Ora celebrates the release of Kei Whea A Mauri Tau, an educational resource for tamariki developed by Māori Psychologists Andre McLachlan, Waikaremoana Waitoki and  Lisa Cherrington.  The resource booklet was illustrated by Jamie Sims.

Kei Whea A Mauri Tau is a resource for parents, teachers and therapists to read to tamariki aged six to eight years to help them learn about connecting with themselves, others and the environment and to learn how to respond to their emotions.   The resources and activities are guided by Māori knowledge pūrākau – and provide a way to find meaning in the events of everyday life and identify pathways for their resolution. This pūrākau also has several components of therapeutic interventions developed to support children and adults experiencing anxiety, tension and pain, and anger.

The resources were developed with the support of He Paiaka Totara (Māori Psychologists),  Dr Marama McDonald and Dr Mike Paki, Rāwiri Horne, Wintec, Te Whakaruruhau – Waikato Women’s Refuge, Trust Waikato, University of Waikato and the Royal Society Marsden Fund.

The resources can be viewed and downloaded from https://hepaiakatotara.org/kei-whea-mauri-tau

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Wellness Recovery Action Plan 

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) was developed over 20 years ago by Mary Ellen Copeland, who had lived experience of mental distress as a recovery resource. The WRAP process supports you to identify the tools that keep you well and create action plans to put them into practice in your everyday life. There is evidence its use in a peer group setting is particularly effective and has been incorporated into mental health recovery care in many countries.

Physical resources can be purchased from their website, but you can also find out more through their blog, newsletters or Facebook page.  Those familiar with the plan can even join a members' forum. There are also two introductory WRAP resources available free of charge: Five key concepts to guide your path to wellness and the Wellness guide to overcoming isolation during covid-19: Being connected, staying connected, and choosing connection. There is a review of the WRAP app on the NZ Health Navigator website here

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How to do Nothing – Health Promotion Agency

How To Do Nothing is a campaign developed with young people, for young people - to remind them that they can help by just being there and by doing nothing together. The audience for this campaign is 15 to 19-year-old rangatahi Māori and Pacific young people. In particular, those who are supporting (or want to support) friends and whānau going through mental distress or going through it themselves.

Young people report that they want to help their friends through mental health struggles, but sometimes don’t know what to do or say. They also tend to identify friends and whānau as two of the most trusted sources of mental health information and support – this is particularly true for rangatahi Māori and Pacific young people. Therefore it’s essential that young people – particularly Māori and Pasifika – are equipped with the tools to support their friends if they feel able to.

You don’t have to know the right thing to say, or to be a trained mental health professional to help. Just being there can be enough.

A number of 60, 30 and 15 second videos available

How To Do Nothing campaign resources | Te Hiringa Hauora/Health Promotion Agency (hpa.org.nz)

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Trans 101 Glossary of Trans Terms and How to Use Them - Gender Minorities Aotearoa.

We say ‘transgender,’ or ‘trans’ as catch all terms for all gender minorities and people with diverse sex characteristics, including for example, intersex, transsexual, non-binary, and takataapui gender diverse people. ”Diverse” means there is much variety, while a ”Minority Group” is a category of people who are seen as different to the social majority, and are often discriminated against on that basis, or protected under antidiscrimination legislation.

https://genderminorities.com

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Irawhiti Takatāpui

Irawhiti is an umbrella word and an individual identity, which refers to all transgender people; including binary, non-binary, and some intersex people. Takatāpui is an umbrella word and an individual identity, which refers to all rainbow people - including transgender, pansexual, lesbian, queer, gay, bisexual, and some asexual people.

A set of posters and info sheet are available. Illustrated by Huriana Kopeke-Te Aho. Design by Ahi Wi-Hongi.

Irawhiti Takatāpui: Transgender Rainbow Māori - Gender Minorities Aotearoa

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Me time – ētahi wā, ME ano koe ki a koe - We all need some me time sometimes.

Right now, life might be feeling harder than usual for you. There are lots of ways to describe how you might be feeling - anxious, overwhelmed, hōhā - even a little meh. And, that’s totally understandable. Life right now is hard – whether you’re surrounded by people, soldiering on alone or heading out to work as an essential worker.  

Here's one thing you can do that might help: find a little time, every day, to turn some meh time into me time.  

Me time | Mental Health Foundation

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Neurodiversity in the Modern Workplace – The Sixth Degree UK

Neurodiversity is a relatively new expression that refers to variations in how a typical human brain responds to sociability, learning, mood, and other mental functions. It’s a viewpoint that sees brain differences as normal rather than defects. Neurodiversity is usually discussed in the context of children, but it’s relevant to adults and even more so in the modern workplace.  

Neurodiversity is associated with people who experience dyslexia, autism, dyspraxia, ADHD, and other similar neurological conditions. They’re known as “spectrum” conditions that cover a wide range of characteristics but share similarities in how people with these conditions learn and process different kinds of information. 

Many organizations fail to support neurodiverse employees. This is partly because working with neurodiverse employees can be perceived as challenging.

In this guide, we’ll explore the benefits of a neurodiverse workplace. We’ll look at some of the competitive advantages of neurodiversity and the legislation surrounding it. Finally, we’ll end with advice on making neurodiversity a workplace strength by supporting neurodiverse employees.  

https://www.helloezra.com/neurodiversity-modern-workplace/.

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Being Trans, Gender Identity, and What It’s All About- 8minute Video

Most of us are taught the idea that everyone's either born a boy or a girl and expected to identify a certain way based on what's between your legs.

But that actually isn't true for everyone, and totally ignores the huge and amazing world of people who are trans and gender diverse.

6 actual videos in the series you can watch or download

Being trans, gender identity, and what it's all about 

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Active Listening: a communication resource

Active listening is a form of therapeutic or empathetic listening, which focuses on understanding the speaker’s perspective, and encouraging them to explore their thoughts and emotions. Like most skills, active listening takes time, effort, and practice to learn. Other types of listening include critical listening (listening to evaluate the information or message), and informational listening (listening to learn). Active listening is neither of these: its purpose is help you listen thoroughly and understand the speaker’s point of view. Often active listening is used when supporting someone, building trust, and discussing difficult experiences. It can help the listener focus on what is being said, rather than their thoughts about it.

Active Listening: a Communication Resource - Gender Minorities Aotearoa

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Coaching tool and resource for zero seclusion projects teams released
Kua puta he taputapu whakaako me tētahi rauemi mō ngā kaupapa mōkī aroha

The Commission has released Zero seclusion: Safety and dignity for all – change package | Aukatia te noho punanga: Noho haumanu, tū rangatira mō te tokomaha – mōkī aroha. The change package uses a set of globally recognised, evidence-based interventions aimed at improving the care of tangata whaiora (people seeking health care) while moving towards achieving zero seclusion in mental health inpatient units. 

To download the complete set of tools please click on the link below

Zero seclusion: Safety and dignity for all – change package | Aukatia te noho punanga: Noho haumanu, tū rangatira mō te tokomaha – mōkī aroha :: Health Quality & Safety Commission (hqsc.govt.nz)