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




Mental Health screening for 4year olds in NZ??

I was horrified to read this today. I don’t know that many parents are aware of this, but think that they should be. They should also be aware of how difficult it is to extricate a person of pychiatric drugs once they have started taking them.


Universal Psychiatric Screening for New Zealand Four Year Olds

In September 2008, the New Zealand Government rolled out a new universal four year old health screen, the B4 School Check. . In addition to the general health, vision, hearing and dental checks traditionally conducted on kiwi kids, the B4 School Check includes a screening test for mental disorders, an initiative that arose out of a government plan for addressing conduct disorder in New Zealand children.

In the following year prescribing for 0-4 year olds in New Zealand increased over 140% while Ritalin extended release prescriptions for pre-schoolers doubled.

The lack of effectiveness and potential harm of pre-school mental health screening programmes is well established.  A randomized controlled trial of a public health and education screening program which included 4,797 four to five year old children found that at the end of the third school year, no differences were found between children who screened positive for disorders and received intervention and the “no intervention” groups using individual academic achievement, cognitive, and developmental tests.[1]

In its policy paper on the B4 School Check, the Ministry of Health acknowledges that “research does not support the use of mass screening for mental disorders in pre-schoolers” but does not explain why it is then proposing its introduction in NZ.The mental health screen used in the new B4 School Check, the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), was developed by child psychiatrist and neurologist Dr Robert Goodman of the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College in London.

This screening test has been introduced despite the Ministry of Health acknowledging that the test is “still being evaluated for predictive validity, reliability, sensitivity and specificity.”

Even if the test was valid elsewhere it would not be in New Zealand given that health professionals conducting the test are told by the Ministry that the scoring sheet being used in NZ “is based on the SDQ for older children, and the wording differs in three questions.” No explanation is provided as to why the scoring sheet for an older population has been substituted for the one designed for the pre-school test or how the wording differences affect validity.

Research shows the SDQ produces more false positives than false negatives, resulting in many children with no disorders being referred for diagnostic assessment[2] with false positive results affecting15% to 30% of children.

See the article on the site for more info.

Yoga Applications for Mental Health

Please feel warmly invited to two evenings of information on the Science of Yoga and its Application in Mental Health with

Visiting Neurophysiologist Philip Stevens (Swami Samnyasananda) – BSc (Psych, Physiol); BSc (hons) (Physiol); MWSCY; FWSCY

(please  see the Hearing Voices Network Website–  EVENTS for the fliers)

 ‘Yoga and Meditation for Mental Health Applications’

February, 17th Wednesday 6:30pm to 8pm

Followed by conversation over vegetarian meal – Please register for easy food planning by Mon, 15th Feb. Thank you.

St Lukes Community Centre – 30 Remuera Road – Remuera –   ‘Courtyard Room’  

Parking on site

Donation/Koha appreciated

 The Science of Yoga: Body, Breath & Balance’

Deepen your understanding of the neurophysiology of Yoga.

Learn about the benefits of yogic breathing and How it affects the heart, the brain and the nervous system.

February, 18th Thursday 6:30pm to 9pm

St Columba Centre – 40 Vermont Street – Ponsonby – ‘Brother Phelan Room’     

Free parking on site

Donation/Koha $20 suggested

 All welcome. Please feel free to extend the invitation to anyone who you think might be interested.

 Enquiries please to Brigitte Sistig: BrigitteS@orcon.net.nz or Mobile: 021-113 4171