SUNSHINE SUPPORT GROUP PROGRAMME 2010
|18 January ||Artsenta Visit – Printmaking ||A |
|25 January ||Visit to Pinder’s Pond, Roxburgh ||S |
|1 February ||Garden (treasure hunt & walk from gate) am/ Making pickles, jams, etc. pm ||Ex |
|8 February ||Budget Advice am/Speaker – Children’s Author pm ||Ed |
|15 February ||Trip to Butcher’s Dam –picnic and walk on Flat Top ||S |
|22 February ||Artsenta Visit – Bone carving and perspex ||A |
|1 March ||Tall Poppies ideas – artists demonstrating ||A |
|8 March ||Visit Queenstown (Happiness House and the Gardens) ||S |
|15 March ||Dietician Visit – healthy breakfasts am/Tall Poppies preparation pm ||Ed |
|22 March ||No group – Otago Anniversary holiday || |
|29 March ||Artsenta Visit – Painting on objects e.g. wood ||A |
|5 April ||No Group – Easter Monday ||Ex |
|12 April ||Lawn bowls visit am/ Tall Poppies preparation pm ||Ex A |
|19 April ||Old fashioned sports day Ashworth Street park/Tall Poppies pm ||Ed A |
|26 April ||Artsenta Visit ||A |
|3 May ||Tall Poppies preparation ||A & S |
|10 May ||Visit to Clyde museum and transport sheds am/Tall Poppies prep pm ||Ex |
|17 May ||Sing Star Day am/Tall Poppies preparation pm ||S & A |
|24 May ||Artsenta Visit - ||A |
|31 May ||Line Dancing ||Ex |
|7 June ||No Group – Queen’s Birthday holiday || |
|14 June ||Hobbies Day ||S |
|21 June ||Speaker – Dealing with Grief ||Ed |
|28 June ||Artsenta Visit - ||A |
|5 July ||Pictionary/Scrabble/Monopoly ||S |
|12 July ||Maori Art and Crafts day ||Ed & A |
|19 July ||Maori Art and crafts day continuation ||Ed & A |
|26 July ||Artsenta Visit - ||A |
|2 August || || |
|9 August || || |
|16 August || || |
|23 August ||Artsenta Visit - ||A |
|30 August || || |
|6 September || || |
|13 September || || |
|20 September ||Artsenta Visit - ||A |
|27 September || || |
|4 October || || |
|11 October || || |
|18 October ||Artsenta Visit - ||A |
|25 October ||No Group – Labour Day holiday || |
|1 November || || |
|8 November || || |
|15 November || || |
|22 November ||Artsenta Visit - ||A |
|29 November || || |
|6 December ||Trip/picnic || |
|13 December ||Christmas Meal || |
|20 December ||Artsenta Visit - ||A |
| || || |
| ||A = art and craft |
S = social
Ed = education
Ex = exercise
Our two main events for Mental Health Awareness Week were very successful with over 50 people participating in the walk along the Rail Trail.
Our speaker was extremely well received – she was very brave sharing her experiences with others. She had some really good suggestions for keeping well strategies – and she reinforced the idea of face the fear and do it anyway. One of the attendees did exactly that when he had to give a speech the next week. Great stuff!
Wednesdays 1pm – 3pm
Are times for discussions or sharing stories / problems and finishing work started at the Sunshine Support Group on a Monday.
Other times there may be a guest speaker or continuation of a previous workshop.
Group staff will be available for you to seek help with advocacy and ask questions or just listen so you can share a problem or an achievement.
If you wish to speak to staff in private let them know in advance so they can arrange for this to happen.
Wednesday 1.00 – 2.00pm
A small exercise group operates. If you would like to go for a walk or bike ride with some one else please let a staff member know so they can arrange it.
We have one spare bike and a helmet if you do not have your own.
Fridays 1pm – 5pm
Are times when you can work on developing skills you may need to return to the work force.
There are two computers and a printer available for you to work on your curriculum vitaes; or staff can arrange for Workbridge staff to show you how a CV is written and presented. We have examples for you to look at also.
There will be opportunities for practice of job interviews – how to present yourself and answer questions in a stressful situation – help you develop strategies for dealing with anxiety in an interview.
Fridays are also days when you can work on any study you may be undertaking – staff will be able to help you with this.
Art and craft projects can be completed using SF Central equipment on these days as well.
Who Can Attend
- People who have past or present mental health issues.
- Family members of a person who has or had a mental health issue.
- Friends, flat mates or workmates of a person who has or has had a mental health issue.
Schizophrenia Fellowship has makeover and steps out as Supporting Families in Mental Illness
“We are pleased to announce that from today (1 July ’09), Schizophrenia Fellowship New Zealand will be known as Supporting Families in Mental Illness New Zealand (Supporting Families),” said Florence Leota, Chief Executive.
Supporting Families was established over 30 years ago and is New Zealand’s largest non governmental organization in the mental health sector that provides support to families/whanau affected by mental illness. It has 21 branches nation-wide and a national office located in Wellington.
“Our organisation is a great supporter of integrated care where the family, clinicians and service providers all work together to provide the best possible recovery plan for those experiencing a mental illness,” said Ms Leota. “We are committed to providing high quality information, education, advocacy and support for families.
“We believe that our new name shows the role we provide to families affected by all serious mental illnesses including schizophrenia, anxiety/panic disorders and bipolar,” Ms Leota said.
The Associate Minister of Health responsible for Mental Health, Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, noted that one in five New Zealanders experiences a mental illness at some stage in their lives, with many more New Zealanders being directly or indirectly affected by that.
“Families/whānau can play a key role in the recovery process for someone who experiences a mental illness. The involvement of families is known to reduce the number of relapses.
“The new name highlights the focus on families. It also reflects the vital role this organization plays in the community. This is another positive step forward in enabling Supporting Families to reach out to families who need their help,” said Minister Coleman.
“It is important that families know they don’t have to face the challenges alone and work in isolation. We can help them. We encourage families to go to our website www.sfnat.org.nz where they can contact their local Supporting Families branch,” said Ms Leota.