Equip is a leading mental health organisation, an extension of Windsor Park Church, providing an innovative model of care, effective support and education in the greater Auckland region.

Skills and strategies to support you to manage your own health and well being
Thursday, October 10, 2019
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Are you a family member of a person who experiences mental health issues? Equip would love to connect with you.

Thursday, October 10, 2019
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1 in 5 NZ adults experience mental illness in any year. Would you know how to respond?
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There are lots of people who can help you when you are unwell. Here are some tips

Which Person Will Help Me Best?

Doctor/Support Worker/Psychiatrist/Psychologist – who and when?

There are lots of people who can help you when you are unwell.  Here are some tips.

  • In emergencies, dial  111, or call the Mental Health Crisis Team https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/services-and-support/health-care-services/mental-health-services/crisis-assessment-teams. If you or someone you care for is very unwell or suicidal, you can also go to a hospital Accident and Emergency department.

  • If things are bad, a telephone helpline can really assist. There’s a list below, and even more on https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/in-crisis/helplines

  • In general, it may not matter which professional you contact first with mental health problems, because if they cannot help you, they will know who will.

  • There are Citizens Advice Bureaus in most centres. They often have information of services and agencies that can help.

  • Your doctor is always a good person to see if you are worried about something. Even though they may not be a mental health specialist, about a third of a GP’s workload has a mental health component, so they will probably understand your mental health challenges quite well.    They can decide whether you need more specialist assistance, and usually have a good idea of agencies and services that you can access. They can also prescribe medicines; even if your medication is usually prescribed for you by a specialist, your GP may be able to help you with something urgent and can also help you get an appointment with your regular specialist doctor.

  • Psychiatrists are doctors who specialise in mental health. They study for many years on top of their regular medical training. They are especially useful in treating serious mental health problems like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. They often prescribe medicines and are involved in making sure medical treatments are working well.

  • Psychologists are not doctors and don’t prescribe medicines; instead, they provide various talking therapies to help with emotional and mental problems. (There are psychologists who don’t do therapy – for example, they may work in business or education; the ones who are especially trained to do therapy with people are called clinical psychologists.)  Psychologists are good at helping people with anxiety, depression, phobias and other mental and emotional problems.

  • Counsellors may or may not be psychologists. Most counsellors have done years of training in psychotherapy, but in New Zealand, anyone can call themselves a counsellor. If they belong to the New Zealand Association of Counsellors, then you can be assured they are professional and qualified (though you may find that the ones who are not part of that association are still very helpful). They help people talk through issues, solve problems, and work out plans of actions

  • Mental Health Nurses, or Psychiatric Nurses, have extensive training in caring for people with mental health problems. They sometimes work in hospitals and clinics, but are also part of mental health support teams in the community. They are qualified to administer some drugs.

  • Mental Health Support Workers are increasingly well trained. Mental health impacts jobs, families and relationships and support workers are particularly skilled at helping people ‘in their world’, helping people with mental health challenges to ‘get their life back’. As well, they ensure people are on-track with receiving the right services and care that they need, and helping people monitor and respond to their symptoms.


National helplines

Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)

Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

Healthline – 0800 611 116

Samaritans – 0800 726 666 

Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757 or free text 4202

Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz or online chat

What's Up – 0800 942 8787 (for 5–18 year olds). Phone counselling is available Monday to Friday, 12noon–11pm and weekends, 3pm–11pm. Online chat is available from 3pm–10pm 7 days a week, including all public holidays. 

Kidsline – 0800 54 37 54 (0800 kidsline) for young people up to 18 years of age. Open 24/7.

Thursday, October 10, 2019
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Anxiety is very common in adults and children, in fact, it is probably the most common childhood mental health challenge – one figure puts the percentage of children with real anxiety issues at 11%. Of course, all children experience stress, frights and worries: starting school, making friends, coping with separation from parents, experiencing social challenges like bullying and teasing – all of these can shake a child’s peace of mind. These are periods of real anxiety but they are in reaction to real situations. The anxiety passes when the threat passes.

Of more concern is when the amount of fear and distress they feel is totally out of proportion to the threat of the situation, or the anxiety persists long after the actual threat, or maybe their anxiety doesn’t seem to have any cause at all. 

Many of us have a small advantage which can help our anxious child: we can empathize perfectly with what our child is going through because we, too, have struggled with anxiety. There is a very strong link – anxious parents often have anxious children. Their anxiety is probably the result of a few anxious genes we have passed on to them – we can’t do anything about that.

Possibly, too, their anxiety is partially the result of them observing and learning some of our anxious behaviours. We may be able to help them with that.  Children are very sensitive to our emotions. If they sense our fear in a situation – perhaps on public transport, or going to the doctor, or dealing with strangers or whatever triggers our own ill-ease – then they will be convinced there really is something genuinely dangerous to be scared of. So… let’s get the toughest bit of advice over-and-done-with: we often have to act brave for the sake of our children. If they learnt from our anxious habits then they can also learn from our coping skills. Very often, the best way to help our children cope with their anxiety is putting some real effort and energy into getting on top of our own anxiety.

By the way, no one is as brave and courageous as a person who has anxious ‘wiring’ and yet functions in spite of their emotions! Naturally calm people who feel no fear may win medals, but those of us who feel fear and act in spite of it deserve them more.  We may not be able to model calmness to our children, but can model courage.

 

Disclaimer

These blogs are offered with the sincere hope that they will be beneficial to people with mental health challenges, their families and the wider public. However, a big lesson from the history of science is that anyone can be wrong! Therefore, this disclaimer: though written in good faith, the authors and publishers cannot guarantee the accuracy of this content, or its applicability to a particular situation.  Any decisions or course of action taken as a consequence of this content must be entirely the reader’s responsibility.  In no way should this content be used as a basis to contradict or ignore the advice of a medical or mental health professional.

 

Thursday, September 19, 2019
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Fear creates physical sensations. We all know them: tense muscles, fast shallow breathing and an elevated heartbeat. Sometimes there might be feelings of being flushed, chilled or shaky.  When we feel those symptoms, it can make us even more tense and anxious, which of course, then makes the symptoms worse.  It can become a feedback loop: fear creates symptoms, and feeling the symptoms creates more fear. It can be very hard to tell ourselves there is nothing to worry about when our bodies are giving us feelings that scream “Danger! Danger!”  And we can spiral into anxiety that is out of proportion to any real threat.

Sometimes those initial sensations have some cause other than fear – caffeine, stress, some medications, or maybe they are symptoms of some physical health issue. Some people may be more inclined to have or notice these symptoms.  One of the most effective ways to help ourselves and our children get on top of anxiety is to consciously switch off some of those physical symptoms. Our body automatically knows the ‘anxiety response’; we may have to teach ourselves and our children the opposite ‘relaxation response’: instructing our body to switch off its alarms and relax. We consciously take control of things we usually leave on ‘autopilot’: taking control of our breathing and the amount of tension in our muscles.  You can download relaxation exercises from the internet which can be very helpful; Google around to find one that suits. Exercise, massage, rest and avoiding caffeine can all help relieve and prevent physical symptoms that trigger anxiety.

It is always wise to get professional advice, especially if our child’s anxiety is prolonged or really distressing. There are therapies, like CBT, that can be very effective, and counselling might help us process some underlying causes. For some children – and for many of us – anxiety is a recurring and persistent problem. Even so, getting insights, support and treatment can hugely help. Life can be enjoyed, and our fears need not hold us back!

Disclaimer

These blogs are offered with the sincere hope that they will be beneficial to people with mental health challenges, their families and the wider public. However, a big lesson from the history of science is that anyone can be wrong! Therefore, this disclaimer: though written in good faith, the authors and publishers cannot guarantee the accuracy of this content, or its applicability to a particular situation.  Any decisions or course of action taken as a consequence of this content must be entirely the reader’s responsibility.  In no way should this content be used as a basis to contradict or ignore the advice of a medical or mental health professional
Thursday, September 12, 2019
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Our programmes support young people to grow in resilience and the ability to manage their life situations and ultimately support them to shape a positive future.
 
 




MORE INFORMATION

Equip's Core Values  

APPLICATIONS CLOSE

4pm Monday 14 October 2019


apply now

If you have the skills we seek, plus a can do attitude and want to belong to a supportive and engaging team making a real difference in our community, we would love to hear from you!

So if you’re looking for a job that’s more than just a job, download an application pack.  Please quote reference number TLBY on the application.


applications require:

Completed Equip Job Application Form (download an Application Form. ) 
Separate Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter 
Copy of Driver Licence (front & back)
Copy of photo ID page of passport or NZ full birth certificate
Current Working Visa (if applicable)
Police Vetting form (download here)

Send the above completed forms to:

Email to: 
front.desk@equip.net.nz , or

Personal Delivery to: 
Equip
550 East Coast Road
Mairangi Bay
North Shore , or

Post to: 
Equip
PO Box 65 385
Mairangi Bay
Auckland 0754

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Working in this field will appeal to you if you are a people person and want to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
 



LOOKING FOR A JOB WHERE YOU CAN MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE?


If you enjoy working with people, helping them regain the skills and confidence to lead a meaningful life, and you’re practical as well as empathetic, you could be a Community Support Worker for Equip, one of Auckland’s leading Mental Health organisations. 

WHO IS EQUIP? 

We’re an independent organisation associated with Windsor Park Baptist Church and have a strong Christian ethos. With a staff of around 80, we are a values led organisation who truly care about the people we work with and for. 

We pride ourselves on our supportive, inclusive culture and our success is making a positive difference in the lives of others. Look at our website to see if you can identify with our values.

about the role

A CSW works in partnership with the other person on goals leading to a satisfying and meaningful life. You’ll also work closely with family and other health professionals involved in their care. 


The Equip head office is on the North Shore, but this position is based with the Equip team in Manukau City office. This position is for 40 hours per week mostly Monday to Friday. You’ll work autonomously with older adults with mental health issues, living in the wider Counties Manukau area. 


You’ll receive a thorough induction and on-going training. Equip will support you to commence relevant training (Level 4 Certificate in Health and Well-being), or you will have completed this already. Higher level relevant qualifications negate this need. Having advanced skills, experience and qualifications in the field of dementia and age related sectors would be an additional advantage.


WHAT WILL I NEED?



  • A genuine passion to work with people, being a good listener and communicator
    Be computer literate
    Be a NZ resident or have a valid NZ work visa
    Full NZ driver licence
      Be a team player who is self-motivated and can work autonomously
    To check if your qualification has been assessed as Level 4 Equivalent already please visit this website:
If you have the skills we seek, plus a can do attitude and want to belong to a supportive and engaging team making a real difference in our community, we would love to hear from you!


applications close

4pm Monday 14 October 2019


applications require:

Completed Equip Job Application Form (download an Application Form.) Please quote the reference number OACM on the application.

Separate Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter 
Copy of Driver Licence (front & back) 
Current Working Visa (if applicable) 
Completed Police Vetting Request form (download here)


Send the above completed forms to:
Email to: 
office@equip.net.nz , or

Personal Delivery to: 
Equip
550 East Coast Road
Mairangi Bay
North Shore , or

Post to: 
Equip
PO Box 65 385
Mairangi Bay
Auckland 0754




Monday, September 16, 2019
This team works with a small group of 13-16 year olds who for various reasons mainstream schooling has not been successful.





ABOUT US:

Bays Youth Community Trust is a not-for-profit organisation with more than 10 years experience working with young people experiencing psychological distress, educational challenges and other challenging life situations. Our programmes support young people to grow in resilience and the ability to manage their life situations and ultimately support them to shape a positive future. We provide quality wrap-around services aimed at making a positive impact in the lives of young people and their families in the areas of education, counselling, mentoring and work skills development.

Bays Youth Community Trust is based on the North Shore and the organisation is associated with the Windsor Park Baptist Church and Equip Mental Health and Addictions Agency.  We are a values led organisation who truly care about the people we work with and for and have a strong Christian ethos.  We pride ourselves on our supportive, inclusive culture and our success in making a positive difference in the lives of others.  

ABOUT THE ROLE:

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic person to join our Alternative Education Team. This team works with a small group of 13-16 year olds who for various reasons mainstream schooling has not been successful. The emphasis is on education and life skills, including developing healthy self-esteem, identifying individual and collective strengths and helping young people create pathways to a positive future. 

This is a dynamic role so you will need to be organized and energetic, with the ability to build relationships with students, families, employees and providers such as government agencies and social services. This is a great opportunity to work in an energetic, fun environment to provide positive early intervention services and support for young people.

skills & experience:

  • The successful candidate will:
  • Be able to manage students in a learning environment.  Experience working with this age group is preferred.
  • Have a genuine passion to help young people to achieve academic results and improve their lives.
  • Be a good motivator, role model and team player
  • Be flexible, with good time management skills
  • Clear Police and Oranga Tamariki background check
  • Holds a current full, clean NZ motor vehicle licence
  • Have NZ Residency or a valid NZ Work Visa
MORE INFORMATION
Job Description


APPLICATIONS CLOSE

4pm Monday 14 October 2019.


apply now

If you have the skills we seek, plus a can do attitude and want to belong to a supportive and engaging team making a real difference in our community, we would love to hear from you!

So if you’re looking for a job that’s more than just a job, download the application pack below.  Please quote reference number AETUT on the application


applications require:

Completed Job Application Form (download an Application Form. ) 
Separate Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter 
Copy of Driver Licence (front & back)
Copy of photo ID page of passport or NZ full birth certificate
Current Working Visa (if applicable)
Police Vetting form (download here)


Send the above completed forms to:
Email to: 
office@equip.net.nz , or

Personal Delivery to: 
Equip
550 East Coast Road
Mairangi Bay
North Shore , or

Post to: 
Equip
PO Box 65 385
Mairangi Bay
Auckland 0754


Monday, September 16, 2019
Often we are just too hard on ourselves. It is time to be kind to yourself. Find out how self compassionate you are!
Often we are just too hard on ourselves. Go to this excellent website and do the Self Compassion assessment here. Be kind to yourself today!

Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Saturday, May 09, 2015
Helping to cope with depression – there is a way through

Information on Depression
Get Self-Help information and strategies from www.depression.org.nz

Feeling Depressed?
Hear How Young Kiwis Got Through Depression. www.thelowdown.co.nz

Saturday, May 09, 2015
"Equip visits have built up my confidence again."
I look forward to my Community Support Worker (CSW)’s visits and the company. More often than not, we have had fine weather to go out and sit in the park. This has built up my confidence to get out and back into the community once more. One of the things that has given me great joy and a deep, deep feeling of peace within me is going back to church. Once I expressed this was something I would like to do again, my CSW got Carol to come and visit. Carol found a local church that holds a weekly communion service on a Wednesday. This has meant a lot to me. A bonus good cup of coffee and homemade cake afterward gives me the opportunity to get to know one or two of the other folk there. I am very grateful to Equip for this opportunity and their visits have meant so much to me.


Friday, May 08, 2015
"Kevin’s family love having him closer to them again."

When Kevin first came to Equip he didn’t really have any social contacts and this wasn’t helped by him having no phone or means of communication. Kevin’s first goal was to get a cell phone which he has now and is used to keep in contact with his family.

Over time Kevin was supported by Equip staff to get out of the house and have social contact with his family as he was very isolated living on his own and having no friends... He joined a social group which helped him have some contacts with people who had common interests to himself and it gave him somewhere to go. This led to Kevin going out to visit his friends down the road and had a few visits with his family which he really enjoyed. He said it made him feel really good spending time with family but he didn’t think they would want him to live with them.

Kevin had stated in the past that he wanted to get back into his old work as a builder but hadn’t made any steps towards this. During the visit to his family home he did some building work and discovered how much he had enjoyed doing it. It made him realize that he was capable of working again. Kevin and his support worker problem solved ways to look for and get building work. He ended up finding a job through a friend which he wasn’t needed for in the end but he was really happy about the prospect of getting work and an income.

Kevin’s suppork worker spoke on and off with Kevin’s family members and let them know how much Kevin enjoyed going to their place and spending time with them. In fact Kevin ended up spending Christmas with his famliy whereas normally he would be on his own.

Just recently, Kevin decided to move in with family and is enjoying greater connection with them and his confidence had grown to a point where he was able to make the relocation arrangements himself. Kevin’s family say they love having him closer to them again and are supporting his efforts to get permanent work.




Friday, May 08, 2015
"A lot of situations and things puzzled me."
Hi, I’m Vaoesea and I grew up in Hastings. Just before I went to College I moved with my family to West Auckland and completed my schooling there. When I finished schooling I went to University but struggled and did not cope. I also seemed to be unable to get a job, had no friends, no direction and was shy and lacking in confidence. And for some reason I was angry all the time. Something was not quite right but I didn’t know what it was. I ended up seeing a Psychiatrist and despite this was having trouble communicating with my family. I would head off for long walks in the bush and one night spent the whole night sitting under a tree in the Waitakeres.

I guess if I was to describe how I felt at the time, it was that I was angry a lot and also I started to experience a sensation of dreaming while I was awake. The things I dreamed about felt real but over time I got to realise that they weren’t. A lot of situations and things puzzled me.

This all came to a head one day when I had an argument with my mother and went to the Police to make a complaint against her. The Police got a Doctor to come and check me out. I was taken in a Police car to an inpatient mental health unit, put in isolation and strip searched. It was very degrading and frightening. And I struggled with being separated from family.

After a period of time I came out of the hospital and went back home. I became fascinated and absorbed by the war in Kuwait.

Eventually I moved into what was called a ‘therapeutic community’ in the city where I lived in a big house with a number of other people who had mental health issues. While there I got my first job in a lunch bar in Queen Street but had to leave it because it did not work out.

I left the community and followed my boyfriend up to Whangarei but unfortunately we broke up soon after and my Mother and brother had to come up and get me and I was once again admitted to an inpatient unit for a time. It was during that second stay that I got offered some therapy which I found calming and helpful.

After leaving the unit I went back to the therapeutic community and learnt how to be a reliable flatmate, budget and socialise.

Eventually, I got the chance to move into a three bedroom flat with two other people who received support from a mental health support service. This time things went better. I got a cleaning job which I seemed to manage quite well and was able to hold on to.

Things change a lot in mental health services but a change that was good for me was that the flat we were in became available for us to rent independently. We all got our names on the lease and each of us received support from Equip. This was the first time in 15 years that I felt I had some real independence. I got well enough to not need support at all.

When I heard about the Client Advisor role coming up at Equip I was encouraged by others to apply. Whilst I did not think I probably had the confidence or skills to do the role something urged me to give it a go.

I have been in that role for five years and have been stretched and learnt a lot. Because my job is on the North Shore I decided to move there and most weekends I spend with my brother at his place.

Who would have thought that the University drop out is now advising an organisation with 60 staff and 220 clients how to put the person at the centre of their services and giving that service feedback from service users as to what is working and what is not.

Who knows what else I can do – it will be exciting to find out.


Friday, May 08, 2015
"Equip gave me hope and a sense of progress when I had none"
It was hard waiting for such a long time in hospital but Equip staff really gave me and my mum hope that one day I would get out and have my own flat and a job.  They helped me work on my CV and confidence skills and while the waiting for somewhere to live took awhile, I worked on these things.  My mum was involved too and she offered me a lot of support and she and Equip worked together.  Through Equip I got to see a Dietician every week and she helped me to lose weight and get fit.

I am out of hospital now and whilst I am in supported accommodation I know that eventually I will get my own flat and a job.

Equip gave me hope and a sense of progress when I had none.

Tim


Friday, May 08, 2015