Mental Health FoundationWednesday 04 July 2012, 10:34AM
Are you interested in how to assess mental wellbeing? Have you
ever thought about how positive psychology could change society?
Gather with like-minded New Zealanders at the Mental Health
Foundation's special national wellbeing forum and help this country
The 'Flourish - Well into the future forum' in Christchurch on 30
July will feature six expert keynote speakers, each with a fresh
take on the emerging 'science' of looking at what it is to
Chat with Aaron Jarden after he has shared his work on GROW: the
best way to assess wellbeing.
Listen to Niki Harré, author of Psychology for a Better World:
Strategies to Inspire Sustainability, talk about how positive
psychology and wellbeing works to change society.
Ms Harré recently told radio host Kim Hill that sustainability to
her is about "growth, happiness and flourishing, now and into the
"If people feel good they are more inclined to be productive and
work better with each other. Positivity creates openness and
creativity and cooperation, and makes for better solutions."
Ms Harré's presentation will appeal to people working in the health
and mental health sectors, and others interested in new ways to
inspire creativity and collaboration.
Event organiser Freedom Preston-Clark says the forum promises to
bring an abundance of fresh thinking on how to create a flourishing
future for all New Zealanders.
"It will focus on practical ways that we can all work together - as
individuals, business people, health professionals, local
authorities, social service organisations and anyone of influence
in the community - to build positive mental health, resilience and
improved social relationships."
Building on the success of 2010's Flourishing event, the July forum
will also include networking opportunities and energetic
"People will have time to interact with speakers and other guests
in order come away with ideas they can apply to their particular
situations," Ms Preston-Clark says.
The forum is part of the Mental Health Foundation's work to help
people from different sectors learn from each other and play a role
in reducing health and social inequalities.
"The ideas and practices that we can all engage in to support and
develop good mental health are pretty straightforward," says Judi
Clements, Mental Health Foundation Chief Executive. "The resulting
benefits are healthier workplaces with fewer missed days, improved
physical and mental health, individuals who contribute positively
to their communities, increased resilience and more."
Other keynote presenters at the daytime session include:
• Well-known sleep expert Antonio (Tony) Fernando, on mindfulness
and how to live in the moment.
• Eva Neitzert, senior consultant, Netbalance, bringing an
economist's perspective to creating a society with greater equality
• Monique Faleafa, National Manager, Le Va, on making positive
differences in the lives of Pacific people so that our communities
can lead healthy lives.
Local heroes who are guest speakers at the evening function
include: Coralie Winn (Gap Filler), Adam McGrath (The
Eastern/Harbour Union bands), Bob Frame (Magnetic South), Henry
Sunderland (Flowers in road cones) and Jade Temepara (Hand over a
Hundy) - with guest speaker, Steve Gurney and MC Lindon
Flourish - Well into the future
Register now: http://flourish2012.eventbrite.com/
Discounts apply for the first 100 registrations, as well as for all
Date: Monday 30 July 2012
Time: 9am - 4.30pm for day event & 5pm - 7pm for evening
Venue: La Vida Centre, Riccarton, Christchurch