Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support (MHAPS)

We assist people who experience mental distress, mental illness and / or substance addiction through their choice of services towards recovery.

We offer a warm welcome and comfortable place where people are accepted and listened to.

“Together on the road to wellbeing”

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Programmes

  • Breathing and Relaxation programme – 7 weeks –starts 6:00pm Monday February 15th. More programme details here (link to community programmes page). Enquiries or registration here.
  • Mindfulness programme – 4 weeks – starts 7:00pm Thursday February 18th. More programme details here (link to community programmes page). Enquiries or registration here.


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  • Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support MHAPS shared a link.

    Researchers and advocates want to substitute nonjudgmental medical terms for common words that blame addicted patients for their illness.

    Researchers and advocates want to substitute nonjudgmental medical terms for common words that blame addicted patients for their illness.

    February 05

  • Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support MHAPS shared a link.

    The term "schizophrenia," with its connotation of hopeless chronic brain disease, should be dropped and replaced with something like "psychosis spectrum syndrome," argues a professor of psychiatry in The BMJ today.

    The term "schizophrenia," with its connotation of hopeless chronic brain disease, should be dropped and replaced with something like "psychosis spectrum syndrome," argues a professor of psychiatry in The BMJ today.

    February 04

  • Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support MHAPS shared a link.

    We’ve all done it. Turned on a love song when we’re feeling romantic. Turned on something lively when we’re cleaning house.

    We’ve all done it. Turned on a love song when we’re feeling romantic. Turned on something lively when we’re cleaning house.

    February 04

  • Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support MHAPS shared TED-Ed's video.

    This is a good starting point but please note that some people with mental health issues need support when they are meditating as challenging thoughts and feelings can arise. So we recommend learning from a tutor or teacher who has knowledge of mental illness. Also, the recommendation to exercise is a good one for most people, but for some people intense or prolonged exercise can actually cause a rise in cortisol if they are under stress so gentle exercise might be better, at least initially.

    How chronic stress can affect the brain's size, structure, and how it functions:

    How chronic stress can affect the brain's size, structure, and how it functions:

    February 04

  • Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support MHAPS shared Kelly Pope's event.

    Mad Poetry is back for 2016! 
Join us at Beat St Cafe for madly fun open mic

We will be holding our monthly open mic night on Friday 19th February from 7pm at Beat St Cafe, corner Aramagh and Barbadoes Streets, to celebrate the creative talents of the mental health community, and to create a space for poetry that deals with themes of illness, wellness and recovery.

 If you are a writer and would like to read in a supportive environment, get in touch or show up on the night. Those who would like to come along and listen are also very welcome. 

 Please share this page with friends, family, workmates, and any mental health or poetry groups you're involved in - the more the merrier!

 The event has been organised by the Awareness Events Crew - a subgroup of Awareness which organises mental health promotion events and activities.

 Awareness: Canterbury Action on Mental Health is a consumer network for people who have experience of mental illness or substance use based in Christchurch. We are involved in many mental health activities including writing submissions on policy, tackling the use of seclusion in hospitals, promotion consumer participation, and taking on consultancy work. 

 To find out more about this event, or Awareness, please contact us at awareness@mhaps.org.nz or 366 8288

    Mad Poetry is back for 2016! Join us at Beat St Cafe for madly fun open mic We will be holding our monthly open mic night on Friday 19th February from 7pm at Beat St Cafe, corner Aramagh and Barbadoes Streets, to celebrate the creative talents of the mental health community, and to create a space for poetry that deals with themes of illness, wellness and recovery. If you are a writer and would like to read in a supportive environment, get in touch or show up on the night. Those who would like to come along and listen are also very welcome. Please share this page with friends, family, workmates, and any mental health or poetry groups you're involved in - the more the merrier! The event has been organised by the Awareness Events Crew - a subgroup of Awareness which organises mental health promotion events and activities. Awareness: Canterbury Action on Mental Health is a consumer network for people who have experience of mental illness or substance use based in Christchurch. We are involved in many mental health activities including writing submissions on policy, tackling the use of seclusion in hospitals, promotion consumer participation, and taking on consultancy work. To find out more about this event, or Awareness, please contact us at awareness@mhaps.org.nz or 366 8288

    February 04

  • Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support MHAPS shared a link.

    Rural health professionals are to get specialist training in suicide prevention as drops in dairy prices and a possible drought is expected to take its toll on farmers' mental health.

    Rural health professionals are to get specialist training in suicide prevention as drops in dairy prices and a possible drought is expected to take its toll on farmers' mental health.

    February 04

  • Mad Poets Society T-shirts...

    Help us keep Mad Poets Society open mic nights happening so people can continue to share their truth...

    Help us keep Mad Poets Society open mic nights happening so people can continue to share their truth...

    February 04

  • MINDFULNESS PROGRAMME 4 weeks –starts 7:00pm Thursday 18th February Facilitated by Kathy Hughes Contact our reception for further details or to register on: - email: reception@mhaps.org.nz or phone: (03) 377 9665

    February 04

  • BREATHING and RELAXATION PROGRAMME 7 weeks –starts 6:00pm Monday February 15th Facilitated by Rosemary Mannering Contact our reception for further details or to register on: - email: reception@mhaps.org.nz or phone: (03) 377 9665

    February 04

  • Off to a massive start! Despite launching our campaign just before the busy Christmas and Holiday Season last year, we are off to a massive start and have just passed our 20% milestone. We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has taken an interest in this project so far and has been keen to help us keep Mad Poetry doing it's magical thing in 2016. To our 13 pledgers so far - thank you so much. We have four weeks to go now and can use any help you can offer to share this page, talk to others about what the Mad Poets Society does, and help spread the word. Looking forward to making this happen, Kelly & the Mad Poets Society team

    Help us keep Mad Poets Society open mic nights happening so people can continue to share their truth...

    Help us keep Mad Poets Society open mic nights happening so people can continue to share their truth...

    February 03

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