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The Collaborative Trust Update: June 2019

Wednesday, June 26, 2019   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, Training, conferences, Courses, workshop, young people, suicide, gender, diversity

The team at The Collaborative Trust would like to congratulate Dr Sue Bagshaw who has been made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. It is great to see Sue’s tireless work in the Youth Health sector rewarded in this way. We are proud to work with her and support her with this work.

Read more about Dame Sue Bagshaw.

Find out more about Dame Sue's latest project, the Christchurch Youth Hub.

Festival of Youth Development: 16th to 18th September 2019

Tickets for the Festival of Youth Development are now on sale. Your ticket will get you into as many Open Sessions or Festival Events that you can manage over the three days (subject to availability).

Purchase your ticket today to take advantage of the Early Bird rates!

Topics confirmed to date include:
  • Investing in the Next Generation;
  • Celebrate what your body can do;
  • Get your Brain to be Quiet(er);
  • Liaisons with the Library;
  • Young people and the Political Process;
  • What's Old Should be New Again: Using Ancient Wisdom for Modern Challenges;
  • Youth Guarantee Training and Education;
  • Things Your Mother Never Told you... Important Things to Know about our Health Services;
  • Community Law Kōrero; plus more to come!

Find out more about the Festival of Youth Development.

Research Reflection: The Search for Identity of Muslim Immigrant Youth in New Zealand

By Sharon Gardner

The events that took place in our city on the 15th of March affected so many young people in so many different ways. Whilst my thoughts immediately jumped to those directly impacted by losing siblings and parents, I was also aware that there were other Muslim youth who weren’t present at the mosques that day, but who would have been terribly shaken by the horrific shootings and the nature in which they happened in an otherwise peaceful country.

Read more of this reflection by Sharon Gardner.

Been There: Young People's Stories of Struggle and Hope

This book is a collection of stories from 25 New Zealand young people, who have written about a crisis or struggle and what has given them the hope to endure and to pull through. The remarkable openness of their writing means that you will feel anger at the way some young people are treated and admiration for their honesty and courage. You will find their stories sobering, insightful, sensitive and very moving.

"Been There" is now available for purchase for $20 - including GST and postage within New Zealand. All profits from the sale of the book going to the Christchurch Youth Hub.

You can purchase the book through the Collaborative Trust website.

Upcoming workshops in Christchurch

Gender Diversity Workshop: Thursday 25 July (9.30am to 12.30pm)

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.

Get more information about this gender diversity workshop.

Understanding Eating Disorders - Advanced Workshop: Thursday 29 August (9.30am to 12.30pm)

This workshop will look at some more advanced aspects of eating disorders, including: Underlying changes in the brain, Different forms of treatment, Managing and supporting someone with an eating disorder in the community, and Understanding co-existing diagnoses.

Find out more about this advanced eating disorders workshop.

Find out about other upcoming workshops on The Collaborative Trust website.

Community News

University of Auckland course: Youth Addiction and Co-Existing Problems

This course runs in Semester Two from 22nd July to 2 November 2019. It will provide you with an overview of the key principles to manage alcohol and drug problems in Child and Adolescent Mental Health contexts.

Find out more about this youth-related course at the University of Auckland.

Being a True Hero: Understanding and Preventing Suicide in Your Community

This book by Michael Hempseed is the result of 10 years of research. Too often we exclusively associate suicide with depression. Being A True Hero looks at the many causes of suicide, from depression, bullying, brain injuries, psychosis, lack of sleep, loneliness, failure and many more.

Find out more about the Being a True Hero book, including free talks, sample chapters and other useful information.

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

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

The Collaborative Trust
PO Box 2986
Christchurch 8041


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