AWARENESS - CANTERBURY ACTION ON MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS

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Telephone
03 366 8288
Fax
03 366 8276
Email
Postal Address
P O Box 33332
Address
Unit 4, 357 Madras Street,
Christchurch,
8013
Modified
18 October 2018

Awareness is an independent group of people with personal experience of mental illness, distress or addiction who want to make a difference to the way mental health services and society treat people with lived experience.

We meet on the second Monday of the month at 12.30pm to share information and provide a forum for discussion and action on issues that impact the mental health and addiction communities.

Some issues we have been a collective voice on include; seclusion, synthetic cannabis, youth issues, child custody decision making, crisis peer support, and the Mental Health Act. We provide feedback to the Canterbury District Health Board and other organisations on policy and practice, write submissions and organise forums and events.

The Mad Poets Society at Awareness holds regular open mic night events on the third Friday of the month aimed atcreating a safe space to have a go performing our writing. These evenings are fun, free and open to anyone to attend. We also run a writers group for people to meet others with lived experience and share or discuss writing. Membership for awareness is free and open to all Canterbury consumers/people with experience of mental illness or addiction.

Awareness and the Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support Trust (MHAPS) work in partnership on many projects.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/awarenesscanterbury