HEALING VOICES – Movie Premiere April 29 2016

The Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ in conjunction with ISPS, and Affinity NZ are pleased to announce we are holding a screening of the Movie Healing Voices.
HEALING VOICES is a new social action documentary which will be released via grass roots, non-theatrical premiere events around the world on April 29, 2016. Written and Directed by PJ Moynihan of Digital Eyes Film, HEALING VOICES explores the experience commonly labeled as ‘psychosis’ through the stories of real-life individuals, and asks the question:  What are we talking about when we talk about ‘mental illness’? The film follows three subjects – Oryx, Jen, Dan – over nearly five years, and features interviews with notable international experts including:  Robert Whitaker, Dr. Bruce Levine, Celia Brown, Will Hall, Dr. Marius Romme, and others, on the history of psychiatry and the rise of the ‘medical model’ of mental illness.  Community screening partners will host HEALING VOICES premiere events in their local markets on 4.29.16, which will be followed by audience discussion around dialogue topics relating to the content of the film. The documentary is ideal for individuals with lived experience in the mental health system, educators, peer counselors, advocates, researchers, psychiatrists, psychologists, healthcare workers, first responders, family members, or anyone who has been touched by mental health issues in their life.
The Huffington Post here
says this:

Writer and director PJ Moynihan explores two question: What are we talking about when we talk about “mental illness”? What is truly helpful?

Over a five year period, Healing Voices follows Oryx, Jen, and Dan, all previously diagnosed with serious mental illness. Oryx, Jen, and Dan are each very different personalities but all are articulate, insightful, and fascinating in describing their return journeys from extreme states of consciousness to satisfying human relationships and meaningful work.

Healing Voices is not afraid to discuss aspects of our humanity that routinely terrify many of us, and Moynihan is also not afraid to make his movie fun and joyful—including playful music and animations. What is striking about Healing Voices is its combination of boldness and humility—its boldness challenging political correctness and its humility about its own assertions.



Please see the details of our event at the Pumphouse in Takapuna on the 29th April, on the attached jpeg.

Space is limited so book asap! 


Adrienne Giacon





Research on Nutrients used for treating Mental illness in New Zealand- Julia Rucklidge

There is some great research and results done here in Canterbury NZ by Julia Rucklidge. Using micronutrients for treating children with ADHD and psychosis.

Here is the TED Talk

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In this critically important talk, clinical psychologist Julia Rucklidge explores a range of scientific research, including her own, showing the significant role played by nutrition in mental health or illness.

Julia J Rucklidge, PhD is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Originally from Toronto, she did her training in neurobiology (McGill) and Clinical Psychology (University of Calgary). Her interests in nutrition and mental illness grew out of her own research showing poor outcomes for children with significant psychiatric illness despite receiving conventional treatments for their conditions. For the last 6 years, she has been investigating the role of micronutrients in the expression of mental illness, specifically ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, anxiety and more recently, stress and PTSD associated with the Canterbury earthquakes.

Here is a more detailed talk here: What if Nutrition Could treat mental Illness

Despite the advent of medications and other therapies over the last 50 years, the rates of mental illness have been on the rise rather than a decline. Over the last decade, scientists have been uncovering an uncomfortable truth: What we eat is affecting our mental health.
In this talk, Prof Rucklidge will discuss the data that shows an alarming picture of food choices serving as risk factors to all kinds of psychiatric problems; she will then introduce the recent paradigm shift of using nutrients to treat these challenges, reviewing the evidence to date. The talk will challenge our current treatment regime for mental disorders and suggest one alternative course of action.

Narrative Medicine and Remapping your Mind with Lewis Mehl-Madrona & Barbara Mainguy

We are excited that our Lewis Mehl-madrona MD PHD ( in neuroscience) & Barbara Mainguy MA workshops kick off on Monday at Massey West Auckland!
We would like to say a big thanks to Lewis & Barbara for kindly donating their time for these workshops free of charge to the Hearing Voices Network, which has helped make this possible.
Some voice hearers have asked me if they have to get up and speak in front of everyone. I have told them, that it is their choice as to what they do or don’t say. The HVN acknowledge that we can be a shy bunch, so please don’t worry about that. Some people learn more from listening. Others like to jump on in.
 As always we ask that everything said in the workshops be confidential, and re-iterate that this is about providing new tools and ideas for voice hearers and others to better manage and understand the experience, and find interesting ways that may assist to live with the experiences.
We still have places left if you get in quick.
Prices are
$10 for anyone with experience of voices and visions and whanau ( all- not just unwaged)
$50 for students, or only $30 if a group booking of 5 or more
$100 general, $80 if accompanying a voice hearer. Group booking of $70 and $60 respectively if over 5 people.
If you cant afford the fee, give me a call and maybe we can do a deal, rather than have someone miss out on these learnings.
Workshops in Massey, Manukau, Whangarei and Russell.
Just email me, or tel 027265 0266 to book.
Just a quote before I go:

So if you aren’t getting anywhere , doing what you are doing, maybe it is time to see what else you could do? Try a new neural pathway, it may lead to where you best need to go.
Adrienne Giacon

A series of Workshops with Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy in New Zealand

We are excited to announce we have organised a series of workshops with Lewis Mehl-Madrona and Barbara Mainguy for March 2015. Thanks to funding from the Lotteries Board and also the ASB Community trust find.

We will also be offering four free places in Auckland and Whangarei workshops for people with cultural knowledge/ expertise. Those who know the stories of our people and the land in each area. Email me to apply for these places.

The workshops we are offering are

1) Narrative Medicine- Storytelling in West Auckland and in Russell Bay of Islands

2) Remapping your Mind & Sacred Drama in Manakau and Whangarei

3) Cherokee Bodywork in Russell, Bay of Islands.

You can also see all the info on our website here and download registration forms and PDFS of the fliers, http://www.hearingvoices.org.nz/index.php/events-and-workshops/104-a-series-of-workshops-with-lewis-mehl-madrona-barbara-mainguy-march-2015