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Take a moment to learn about reTHiNK

OUR STORY

WHAT IS reTHiNK?

reTHiNK is here to help you learn, teach and entertain

reTHiNK has a collection of exciting tools, activities, ideas and content to help you relate easily to experiences of stress and mental distress,  believe recovery is possible, and step forward in helping others to reTHiNK their attitudes to mental ill health.

From a background of groundbreaking creative projects destigmatising mental health issues, reTHiNK has put together in one place the 4 things that people have told us make the most difference;

WHO ARE WE?

Ok, stick with us here, it gets complicated!

reTHiNK is a combined effort from the ‘Like Minds, Like Mine’ Team at Mind and Body Consultants and funded by Mind and Body Consultants and the Like Minds, Like Mine Community Partnership Fund.

‘Like Minds, Like Mine’ is a public awareness programme to increase social inclusion and end discrimination towards people with experience of mental illness or distress. The Like Minds, Like Mine programme is funded by the New Zealand Government. The Health Promotion Agency is the lead operational agency for the programme, with strategic responsibility held by the Ministry of Health.

Mind and Body Consultants Ltd is a consumer led mental health provider with nearly 20 years experience in providing peer support, consultancy and education. Mind and Body is now owned by Emerge Aotearoa. Emerge Aotearoa is a national provider of mental health, disability and addiction services that operates across 17 of the 20 New Zealand District health Boards.  Emerge Aotearoa came into being on 1 July 2015 and comprises what was previously Richmond Services and Recovery Solutions, joined by Mind & Body as an independent service-user organisation.

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WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

Conversations for Change – Free, downloadable workshop activities and resources specifically designed with youth in mind as part of the Like Minds. Like Mine programme and are aimed at facilitating conversations that lead to great acceptance and understanding in the area of mental health.

Developed alongside the community this visually beautiful resource can be confidently facilitated by teachers, parents or youth themselves, as each is backed up with  step by step instructions, discussion points and relevant research.

PeopleReal life stories and different perspectives of mental health challenges and well-being by those who have been there and got through. These audio stories and printed personal perspectives are both challenging and enlightening. Sometimes the experience of mental distress can be really painful and confusing but the over-riding message is one of hope and healing.

These stories can be used independently or as a part of training and education.

Performance – A  collection of some of the best 10 minute performances from The Big reTHiNK and the 24 Hour Theatre Challenge for you to watch, share, screen or perform yourself. Through the avenue of entertainment we can easily address and relate to difficult subjects ranging from disordered eating to mental “illness” in the workplace.

This resource includes free downloadable scripts for you to perform, or use to showcase your own mental health awareness event.

Training We are experts in mental health and well-being training. Book an existing course for personal or professional development, or speak to us about our customised options for your group or organisation.

Our experienced and friendly team is here to help you with your queries. Contact us for information and bookings.

MEET OUR TEAM

Sheree Veysey

Sheree is the mental health promotion lead at Mind and Body Consultants and manages the projects related to rethink.org.nz with considerable input from the Mind and Body Consultants team.

Sheree is passionate about using her personal experience and myriad skills to help spread positive messages about mental health. Born and raised in Rotorua, Sheree has Pakeha and Dutch heritage and whakapapa links to Tuhoe.

A skilled project manager and warm and engaging speaker and writer, Sheree began her working career in television production where her organisation skills were honed. Since 2006 she has worked across a variety of mental health related roles, including offering crisis and information support on the Depression line, Journal and thelowdown, as trainer for Lifeline and as a social practice worker counselling in South Auckland. She first worked for Mind and Body in 2007, and was excited to return to the organisation in 2016 with much extended mental health and addictions contacts and experience. Career highlights include major involvement in managing, rewriting and training a new volunteer counsellor training, including an e-learning component, at Lifeline Aotearoa, completing her Masters thesis in the area of mental health discrimination and publishing and presenting from this work. More recently she has been a monthly columnist and cartoonist for the New Zealand Association of Counsellors newsletter and managed the rebranding process of the DRIVE consumer network in South Auckland.

Outside her Mind and Body role, Sheree is an NZAC counsellor, and sees private counselling clients as well as offering peer support supervision. As part of her commitment to  personal wellbeing, she is often found at yoga, the gym, walking her little dog, or working on various creative projects. Sheree holds Bachelor of Communication Studies (TV production),  a Post graduate diploma in counselling, Masters in Social Practice (1st class honours) and was part of first class to graduate with Mind and Body Learning and Development’s NZQA Certificate in Peer support (Level 4).

Sheree is most grateful that the ups, downs and roundabouts of her recovery journey have taught her about self-compassion, holistic wellbeing, the importance of the individual journey – and that relationships are at the heart of good lives and wellbeing.

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