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Mihi nui ki a koe


In this edition, we share:

  • our Media Grants runaway success Aroha's Way (pictured) - and a book giveaway!
  • Vaka Tautua's new Pasifika community-led project
  • two awesome new initiatives from our Tall Trees 
  • Tom's inspiring story
  • an ode to Marsha Linehan, who developed Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • the latest updates on Mental Health Awareness Week
  • a job advertisement for our programme's Lead Role!


N?ku iti nei,

The Like Minds, Like Mine team




Sharing Aroha's Way - and a giveaway!






Aroha's Way is a beautifully-illustrated children's book about how to manage anxiety.

Last year, Bex Lipp and her co-creator Craig Phillips won a Mental Health Media Grant or P?tea P?p?ho to create this pukapuka (book). Written and illustrated by Craig, the book takes inspiration from the Te Ao M?ori worldview and will be translated into Te Reo by Stacey Morrison.

To celebrate the runaway success of Aroha's Way, we're giving away three copies of this sold-out book for free!

Simply answer the following question: when do the 2019 Like Minds, Like Mine Mental Health Media Grants open?

Send your answer to before Friday 30 August 2019 to enter the draw. Winners will be contacted on Friday 6 September 2019.


Community-led and focused




In June, Vaka Tautua helped to launch a Pasifika-focused-and-led project to reduce mental distress prejudice and discrimination.

The Like Minds, Like Mine Pacific Approach Project was collectively created by a host of Pasifika non-governmental and community organisations, and formally launched by Hon. Jenny Salesa.

"Each organisation recognised that we could achieve greater reach and value together," Kristina Sofele, the project's lead at Vaka Tautua says.

"The project was led by us, but it was very much a community process."

Find out more about what the Pacific Approach Project team have achieved so far.


Keeping up with our Tall Trees





Run by Changing Minds, the R?kau Roroa – or Tall Trees – programme trains and supports people who want to use their personal lived experience of mental distress and recovery to inspire others.

In May, Tall Tree Karyn Quinn-Smith curated a one-off art exhibition called Pieces of Me, which featured the work of 10 artists with experience of mental distress.

"I wanted to show that everyone's journey is unique and that we are creative, productive, insightful people who are just wanting to live our best lives. We should not feel ashamed of ourselves and our journeys," Karyn says.

Another Tall Tree, Ardon England, launched Pride Box in early July, New Zealand's first ever LGBTQI+ boxing fitness classes at Boxing Central in Auckland.

"[Pride Box] allows us as a community to take back some of the power we have lost over years of discrimination," Ardon says.

Find out more about R?kau Roroa here.


Tom's story




Tom Lamb is a former civil servant with a master's degree in political science.

Tom also spent 16 months in outpatient mental health care.

When he returned to work, Tom questioned whether his job fulfilled him. He'd talked publicly about his mental distress experiences and found sharing them "really meaningful".

"Through my hardest times, I was always trying to find the person like me - somebody who'd been through university, held down a job and lived with mental distress," he says.

"I wanted to be that hopeful story for somebody else."

Read more of Tom's story. 


An ode to Marsha Linehan






Photo credit: Borderliner Notes


"So many people have begged me to come forward, and I just thought — well, I have to do this. I owe it to them."

These were the words American psychologist Marsha Linehan, who pioneered Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), said before she shared that she too, like so many she had helped, had lived with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

Retiring this June after 43 years' mahi, Dr Linehan has been pivotal in reducing mental distress discrimination and improving the lives of many New Zealanders.

Discover more about her work and impact here



Explore your way to wellbeing this MHAW





Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) starts on Monday 23 September and the theme is Explore your way to wellbeing – Wh?ia te ara hauora, Whitiora.

We all have mental health – it's a taonga/treasure and something to look after so we can lead our most fulfilling lives.

Wellbeing isn't just for people who have not experienced mental illness – it's for everyone.

With the right tautoko/support and wellbeing tools, we can help to manage our experiences with mental distress and find a way through.

To learn more about MHAW and how to order limited-edition resources, register for updates today.


Would you like to work with us?




Would you describe yourself as a proven leader within the mental health sector?

Are you Wellington-based?

The Health Promotion Agency, the lead operational agency for our programme, are looking for someone to join their mental health team and lead Like Minds, Like Mine.

Apply now, or share with someone you think would be a perfect fit!


In the media


We're always interested in sharing media coverage that helps to break down prejudice and discrimination.

Here are our top stories for this issue:

If you have any stories you'd like us to know about, please reach out to us at




Dig deeper

Love reading research? These links hold this quarter's most interesting findings around reducing prejudice and discrimination, and increasing social inclusion.




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