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Welcome!
Welcome!

Welcome!

Introduction: Conversations for Change is a free resource for those who work with young people. It contains comprehensive facilitator’s guides to five group activities which challenge stigma and discrimination, and generate safe conversations about mental distress. The resource aims to…

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Facilitator’s Videos
Facilitator’s Videos

Facilitator’s Videos

Download the support notes and watch the videos:

Supporting information and video summary notes

These short videos will help you feel prepared to run this resource. The first video (9 minutes) covers the main messages sitting behind Conversations for Change. The second video (7 minutes) discusses challenging conversations that may come up when you’re facilitating the resource and gives you tips and structure on how to manage these.

The third video is especially for those facilitators who would like to share their experience of mental distress with their group, and informs you on how to do this in a way that helps reduce stigma.

Further Reading

While each activity in Conversations for Change has a facilitator guide with all the information you  need, we have also included a list of further reading options to help you extend your knowledge and encourage your curiosity. The further reading lists are great places to direct active participants who might like to learn more.

Messages

Challenging Conversations

Conversations for Change is about challenging stigma and discrimination related to mental distress, and increasing social inclusion. It has a strong help-seeking message, however it is not a suicide prevention programme. We believe that all of our community needs to be informed about the signs that indicate someone is considering suicide

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1. Mental Illness Is….
1. Mental Illness Is….

1. Mental Illness Is….

Required Activity 1: Start Conversations for Change with this activity. You will brainstorm a group agreement and a list of places young people can go for help. Then an activity encourages participants to put themselves in another’s shoes to consider…

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Turning Up The Volume
Turning up the Volume

Turning up the Volume

Pick and Mix Activity 1: An activity to examine the ways in which what we see as mental illness/distress symptoms can be related to everyday experiences. It includes listening to the story of Peter, who experienced psychosis after drug use. Download…

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Fresh Eyes
Fresh Eyes

Fresh Eyes

Pick and Mix Activity 2: An activity to consider the ways culture can impact on experiences of mental distress — in particular, food and body issues. Participants watch or act a play about aliens that provides an ‘outsider’ view. A…

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Building Wellness
Building Wellness

Building Wellness

Pick and Mix Activity 3: Recommended ending activity An activity that introduces the Māori model of health Te Whare Tapa Whā and includes listening to young New Zealanders sharing their mental health journeys. A worksheet encourages participants to look at…

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Survey/Evaluation
Survey/Evaluation

Survey/Evaluation

Using one of the three evaluation measures options may be of interest to you if:

  • You would like to add to the information available about the impact Conversations for Change
  • You would like to make a case for Conversations for Change being a regular part of your organisation’s/school’s activities
  • You have an interest in research.

Online survey (Option one)

Using their phones or a computer, ask prticipants to complete the pre-survey before undertaking any of the activities of the resource (even the day before is an option).

Ask participants to complete the post-survey after undertaking all activities of the resource.

Facilitator to fill in additional information.

Manual print survey (Option two)

    1. Print a copy of Survey A and Survey B for each participant
    2. Before beginning  any of the Conversations for Change activities, ask participants to fill in Survey A and collect.
    3. Facilitate Conversations for Change
    4. Ask participants to complete Survey B and collect.

Email your results to rethink@mindandbody.co.nz using the results form, or by scanning in all surveys and emailing. Please make a note on the top of surveys where and when they were filled out (e.g. Lakes High School, Year 11 Health, July 18)

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