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Who are we?

“Like Minds, Like Mine” is a nationwide programme funded by the Ministry of Health to counter the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness.

Mind and Body Consultants Ltd is an innovative provider of this programme to the Auckland region, with over 10 years experience in Mental Health.

Most of us working for Mind and Body have personal experience of mental illness/mental distress and recovery, and as such are committed to enlightening society’s attitudes about mental illness.

What Do We Do?

We run three different types of project, all with the aim of encouraging people to rethink their ideas about their own or other peoples’ mental unwellness (mental “illness”) experiences.

Our reTHiNK Madness Workshops are custom-designed stigma-reduction sessions that help you understand mental unwellness in empowering terms and work with people who experience it.

Our reTHiNK Perspectives project presents you positive perspectives about mental unwellness from people who have been there and made it through. There is so much negative media out there, our reTHiNK Perspectives work balances that by making sure positive stories also feature in the media.

The Like Minds Big reTHiNK is your chance to get involved in producing creative events for the wider community, that shift public attitudes surrounding what is commonly referred to as mental “illness”.

 

Meet The Team

Our experienced and friendly team is here to help you with your queries. If you want help with stigma and discrimination, we want to help you. Contact us for information and bookings.

 

Sheree Veysey

Sheree is the Mental Health Promotion lead at Mind and Body Consultants, and is passionate about using her personal experience and many 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).

 

 

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