Mental Health Awareness Week 2016

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week 1 in 5 New Zealanders are diagnosed with a mental illness, including myself, meaning every New Zealander comes into contact with someone who is affected. That is why I feel it’s very important that we talk about and discuss mental illness, breaking down stereotypes, stigmas and barriers. The focus for…
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Podcast – Overcoming addiction

Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from New Zealand's only specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. The latest episode deals with overcoming addiction and covers topics such as: What is addiction? Why can't people stop? - chemicals in the brain Impact on family…
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Bibliotherapy

Do you ever wonder why a particular book seems to come along at just the right time? I remember reading Armistead Maupin's series Tales of the City at a time in my 20s when I was missing a close group of friends who had all moved away. The friends in his books became my friends…
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Not my circus. Not my monkeys.

If you indulge in the odd spot of social networking on Facebook, you may have seen the lashings of “likes” for a post with the cheeky Polish saying: Not my circus. Not my monkeys. First I smiled. Then I panicked. What if my plumber, dentist, bank manager, underwear sales assistant, even (though this would never happen!) my library…
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