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The Collaborative Trust Update: July 2019

Thursday, July 25, 2019   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, Community Groups, youth, young people, Training, gender, suicide, mental wellbeing

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

This three-day series of events will focus on how, as a wider sector and community we can continue to do things together, but better. This action focused festival is a chance for us as a wider community to showcase examples of connection and collaboration, and how to take this to the next level.

Ticket prices start from as low as $35. 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!

Find out more about the Festival of Youth Development.

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!

Research Reflection: Te Reo Māori gave me hope

By Brianna (Age 17) - aAn excerpt from the book "Been There : Young Peoples Stories of Struggle and Hope".

Growing up, I always had one parent with me. From since I can remember, my dad missed all my birthdays as he was on deployment. My mum was always there for me. Even if I was a pain and trust me, I was a pain after my parents split when I was 10. To say I felt pretty alone every day is an understatement as all my friends moved away as they too had parents in the military. I had no one in the most important point in my life that far.

Read more of Brianna's story.

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 go to the Christchurch Youth Hub.

You can purchase "Been There" through the Collaborative website.

Christchurch Workshops for 2019

Understanding Eating Disorders - Advanced: Thursday 29th August (9am to noon)

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.

Understanding and Preventing Suicide in Youth: Tuesday 10th September (9.30am to 12.30pm)

New Zealand has one of the highest youth suicide rates in the Western World. Suicide is not inevitable and it can be prevented. This evidence based best practice workshop will take you through the latest research about suicide and provide practical tools to help to identify people who might be suicidal.

Fin out more about this youth suicide prevention workshop.

Gender Diversity in the Workplace: Thursday 24th October (9.30am to 12.30pm)

Is your workplace gender diverse? Is is an inclusive and safe environment? This fun interactive workshop compliments the basic gender diversity workshop with a focus on making effective change within an organisation to create an inclusive safe environment. Supporting staff to become diversity advocates within their organisations, creating gender inclusive, safe environments for all people.

Find out more about this gender diversity in the workplace workshop.


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

Community News

Leveki National Pacific Fono for ICAMH and AOD Services: Drawing from the Wells of Wows!

Date: Friday 20th August 2019.
Location: Auckland.
Cost: Free to attend.

Werry Workforce Whāraurau invite you to attend their National Fono For Pasifika Workforce Wellness, including presentations from:

  • Dr Jean Mitaera - Chief Advisor Pacific Strategy at WelTec and Whitireia; and
  • Anne Fitsemanu - CEO at TupuToa; plus more.

Get more information on the Leveki National Pacific Fono for ICAMH and AOD Services.

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