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The Collaborative Trust Update: September 2018

Wednesday, September 12, 2018   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, Community Groups, young people, Training, alcohol, depression, mental wellbeing, gender

What is Depression? by Dr Sue Bagshaw and Michael Hempseed

In the last few weeks, there has been a great deal of talk about “what is depression”. Many people think that depression is just an emotion, that is equal to anger, or opposite to happy. We don't call anger a mental illness, so why do we call feeling sad and down an illness?

Depression is a very real and, in some cases, a very serious illness; not an emotion, evil spirit or a sign of weakness. Researchers have found that a part of the brain called the hippocampus - which is responsible for memory and emotion - seems to be most affected by depression. The hippocampus can shrink and change by 17%. Just imagine if an All Black woke up with one leg much shorter than the other - we wouldn’t say it’s just imaginary.

Read more of this article on depression.

Research Reflection: Caregivers have Hopes and Dreams for their Young People with FASD

By Trish Jamieson

The month of September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) awareness month throughout the world. Recently in the media we have heard that up to 3,000 children are potentially born with FASD symptoms in New Zealand every year.

FASD results from the unborn child being exposed to alcohol while in utero causing permanent damage to the Central Nervous System (CNS).

Read more of this reflection article on FASD by Trish Jamieson.

Upcoming Alcohol and Young People Forum

Join us for our FREE Forum on Alcohol and Young People, where we will hear from  the following three presenters around the effects of Alcohol on youth:

  • Susan Cook is a Senior Researcher at HPA. Susan will present and discuss HPA's review of the literature in this area.
  • Jennifer Smart is a teacher and will present a teaching resource for Year 11 English students designed to encourage critical thinking about alcohol's place in New Zealand society.
  • Sarah Wylie is a qualitative researcher with The Collaborative Trust. Sarah will share findings of focus groups that she has completed with both parents and young people.

Date: Friday 12th October 2018.
Time: Noon to 2pm. BYO lunch.
Location: Ministry of Education (Ground Floor, 48 Hereford Street).

Find out more about this Alcohol and Young People Forum, including how to register. This event is free to attend, but registration is required.

Upcoming Christchurch Workshops

Understanding Loneliness and Suicide - Tuesday 18th September

Many people are greatly aware that the suicide rate in New Zealand has been increasing for the past few years. There have been many suggestions about how to solve the problem. One leading cause of suicide that is often overlooked is loneliness. If professionals can screen for and help clients to overcome loneliness then there is high chance they can reduce suicidal thoughts and actions in a person.

Find out more or register about this workshop on loneliness and suicide.

Gender Diversity - Thursday 20th September

There has been a shift in the gender landscape, how gender is expressed and experienced has changed significantly in the last five years. How we are able to respond to these changes has a direct impact on our ability to support our students or clients.  Currently our gender diverse communities are facing barriers in the areas of education, income, health and well-being.  With a little education and support we can start to improve the outcomes for our diverse communities.

Find out more or register for this gender diversity workshop.

Mad, Sad or Bad?? - Thursday 4th October

Please note the new date for this workshop!

So they lock themselves in their room, they slam the doors, they start lying to you, even caught shop lifting. Have they got a mental illness? Are they grieving? Or are they just bad people?

This workshop wth Dr Sue Bagshaw will increase your skills in how to tease out what young people’s behaviour is telling us, how to work with them and their parents in getting underneath the behaviour and then helping with the real issues.

Find out more or register for this Mad Sad or Bad workshop.

Community News

Strengthening the Youth Sector Hui - Friday 28th September

This is the chance for our wider sector to come together to connect, learn and be inspired by the amazing work happening in our community. This year's Hui will build on our forum series and will not want to be missed!

Find out more about the Strengthening the Youth Sector Hui.

Jolt Engagement Through Dance - 27th and 28th October

This two day workshop for people interested in using dance, music and  movement to engage people with disabilities.

Get more information on this workshop from Jolt.

PARTH Making a Difference in your Practice - 29th to 31st October

This is an experiential workshop which enables participants to explore the use of the PARTH model in their practice. This model draws on the findings from the Pathways to Resilience and Successful Youth Transitions research projects.

Find out more about this workshop on the PARTH model.

Be sure to keep up to date with What's On on the Collaborative website.

Contact The Collaborative Trust for more information (info[at]

The Collaborative Trust
PO Box 2986
Christchurch 8041

The Collaborative Trust.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch