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Events at MHAPS during September 2017

Wednesday, September 06, 2017   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: mental health, Community Groups, mental wellbeing, services, support

Mental Health Advocacy Peer SupportAll activities listed take place at 826 Colombo Street (corner of Peterborough Street) unless otherwise stated.

Cost is $4 per session for workshops. A donation is appreciated for other activities.

Register to secure your place by phone or email (365 9479 or reception[at]

Contact the Learning Exchange Manager Ian for more information (365 9479 or lex-manager[at]

Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support (MHAPS) also offers peer support, peer advocacy, support groups, a drop-in centre, a consumer participation group and a volunteer-run radio show.


Anxiety Peer Recovery group: Fortnightly

Contact Nicky Reception for more information including how to register or go on the waitlist (366 5815).

Awareness Consumer Group: Monthly from 12.30 to 2.30pm

Friendly and supportive Forum to discuss mental health and addictions topics aimed at contributing to improvements in mental health and addiction services. Light refreshments provided.

Next meeting: 11th September. Phone Kelly for more information on Mondays or Tuesdays (366 8288).


Peer to Peer Recovery Group: Weekly in late morning

Come along and take part in the conversation with a supportive group facilitated by a peer support worker.

Phone Kat to secure your place before attending this popular open group (365 9479).

Wellbeing Workshops: Weekly from 12.30 to 2.30pm

These provide a taster for longer evening courses, as well as an opportunity to meet people and enjoy some peer support time at the end of each session.

These wellness workshops are made possible by the generosity of the David Ellison Trust who provide financial support. Your suggestions for other workshops are welcome. Contact the Learning Exchange Manager Ian with your ideas (365 9479 or lex-manager[at]

  • 5th September - Mindfulness: Apps for Living with Kathy Hughes
    Mindfulness exercises are simple attention exercises focusing on our breath or physical sensations in an accepting and nonjudgemental way. There is much research now showing how helpful mindfulness is in relieving distress and increasing wellbeing.
  • 12th September - Art and Creativity: Creative Exploration with Ngaire Ginders
    This workshop explores your emotions and thoughts through a range of art such as drawing, painting, movement and creative writing. No experience or particular talent is required, it’s all about the process—the end result is a bonus!
  • 19th September - Tai Chi: Movement Meditation with Rosemary Guy
    Come to Tai Chi if you are looking for a way to relax. Tai Chi has so many benefits for the body and mind. Learn how to flow, breathe and cope with what comes. Unwinding gives you strength and this is how it has been used in martial arts.
  • 25th September - Yoga: A guided practice with Karen Stevens
    This session will includes anexplanation of a breathing and resting pose that can be used at any time, an alignment technique to avoid injury and learning how to stop a pose at your ‘physical edge.’

Find out more on the MHAPS Youth Peer Support Facebook page.

Bipolar Recovery Group: Fortnightly in the evening

Contact Carl or Nina for more information or to register on the waitlist (366 5815).


Depression Peer Recovery Group: Fortnightly in the evening

Contact Carl for more details or to register on the waitlist (366 5815).

Themes Information Evening: 13th September from 6 to 7.30pm

Topic for September is panic attacks. This talk will be presented by Joanna Lothian from the Canterbury DHB Anxiety Disorders Service. Gold coin donation to attend, and bookings are required for groups of 4 or more.

Phone Ian or Terry for more information on topics (377 9665).


Breathing and Relaxation course: Weekly for 5 weeks, from 6 to 7.30pm

Experienced physiotherapist Rosemary Mannering teaches us how to manage stress and anxiety by changing our breathing patterns and reducing muscle tension. This course costs $75 per person.

Contact MHAPS Reception for information or to register for the next course (365 9479) - starting in October 2017.

Mindfulness Course: Weekly for 4 weeks, 7 to 8.30pm

Tutor Kathy Hughes takes us through this popular and well proven method for gaining control of thoughts, improving openness and acceptance, and reducing stress and anxiety. This course costs $45 per person.

Call MHAPS Reception for information or to register for the next course (365 9479) - starting on 19th October 2017.

Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) course: Weekly for 5 weeks

A WRAP course assists you to form your own plan for wellbeing and to become an effective advocate for yourself. This course costs $10 per person.

Call MHAPS Reception for information or to register for the next course (365 9479) - starting 12th October 2017.


Friday Group: Weekly from 12.30 to 2pm at Oxford Terrace Baptist Hall

Weekend planning for staying safe around alcohol and drugs. Peer support and clinical input available.

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