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.

Kerri Butler will be sharing about the lived experience mahi/work at a national level.
Friday, September 13, 2019
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This event showcases exciting conversations, performances and the power of community. Shining a light on creative approaches to well being.
Friday, September 13, 2019
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A grief education programme for adults bereaved by suicide.
Friday, September 13, 2019
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A free six-week program to give you skills and strategies to support you to manage your own health and well-being.
Friday, September 13, 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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It can be agony for parents watching our children suffering from anxiety: their tears at night, their paralysing shyness, their distress at facing common challenges. We feel their pain, and sometimes we are frustrated and embarrassed by their apparent lack of courage.  Telling them off for their anxiety is unkind, unfair and worse than ineffective. Adding shame and guilt on top of their anxiety is probably just going to make it worse.

We can sometimes see that our child is using techniques to control their own anxiety: retreating into games or fantasy, creating ‘rules’ in an OCD way, structuring their world to avoid their unpleasant emotions. We might see procrastination and avoidance.  Pick a time to speak with them. Often, ‘the best time to deal with a problem is when it is not a problem’. Explaining anxiety, and ways to cope with it, is best done at times when they are relaxed and calm, and not when they are in the middle of a brain-scrambling panic.

We can help our children know what anxiety is.  Fear can be a useful emotion: it gets our bodies ready for handling dangerous situations by pumping adrenaline into us, making us ready for ‘fight or flight’. Fear often leads to wise caution, too, keeping us safe by making us avoid real dangers. But anxiety is when that emotion of fear rises up in us without good reason and in an uncomfortable and unhelpful way. 

Why are they anxious? Maybe there was some trauma – the Canterbury earthquakes caused a lot of anxiety. Maybe some event or situation in their life might be obvious to you, maybe it may need the help of a counsellor to process. But it can also just be part of their ‘wiring’: genes make some kids more predisposed to anxiety. There can be anxious periods that only last a while, sometimes it can be a life-long battle.

It helps to tell children that anxiety often does not tell us the truth. Our anxious feelings are not reliable guides to actual danger. It can help to learn the phrase, “The problem is not what I feel it is.” They might think the problem is having to speak in front of the class, but the real problem is their anxiety is creating dreadful emotions about it. They might think the problem is dangers hiding in the darkness in their bedroom, but the real problem is their anxious imagination. Another useful phrase is, “My anxiety doesn’t know any more than I do.” Their anxiety may tell them the bridge they are on is going to collapse, or that there are robbers outside the house. They need to know that anxiety is not reliable ‘danger radar’.  Adult reassurance will not always take away their anxious emotions but, hopefully, they will start to understand that their feelings and reality do not always line up.

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 05, 2019
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Avoiding anxiety is less helpful than learning to cope with anxiety. Many children (and adults) avoid situations, even though they may know, rationally, there is little real risk. What they really worry about is that they will feel anxious. It is phobophobia – a fear of feeling fear.   It is helpful when they know that anxiety is just a feeling; it’s not nice, but they can cope – they can even learn to enjoy the sense of triumph when they ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’!

Gently nudging your child towards the situations that create groundless fears, rather than always enabling them to avoid them, is often helpful.  Note: a ‘gentle nudge’ is not ‘throwing them in the deep end’. If your child is shy, you might get them to open the door to greet visitors but you wouldn’t sign them up for a national speech competition! We need patience and kindness.  Some childhood fears evaporate like mist as they discover confidence and insights, but more typically it will be a slower process.

We may need to instruct our children that the way to conquer our fears is to face them – one therapist tells children “…to put their boxing gloves on and fight those anxious feelings”. It gives them the insight that the emotions are just emotions, and not necessarily reflecting reality.   Again, our encouragement needs to be tempered with sympathy; we do not want to give the impression that they should be ashamed of their anxiety.

Social skills – knowing how to greet others and make requests, being able to say ‘No’ firmly but politely, and knowing how to behave with others can be hugely valuable. The set of skills they need sometimes has an old-fashioned name: manners. Rehearsing ‘scripts’ with children before social situations can give them massively increased confidence.

Do realize, trying to escape from anxiety may prolong it. Pretending it doesn’t exist, and developing complex strategies to avoid anxiety can consume immense energy and ultimately increase distress. Avoiding anxiety doesn’t work, coping with it is better, medication can provide short-term relief from it – but what many of us need to face up to  – for ourselves and children – is that counselling and psychotherapy may be needed  to get to the root cause of our anxiety.

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.

 

Friday, August 23, 2019
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This is a great opportunity to work in an energetic, fun environment to provide positive early intervention services and support for young people.



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.  You will be required primarily to work with high complex needs students on a one to one basis to help them achieve their needs.

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 16 September 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 AETA 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


Wednesday, August 14, 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 16 September 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


Wednesday, August 14, 2019
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 16 September 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

Wednesday, August 14, 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
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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