Inspiring Resilience and Mental Health Wellness in Youth

Inspiring Resilience and Mental Health Wellness in Youth
Lucy Treadwell, Manaia Health PHO Youth Mental Health Clinician, has been working in partnership with Te Ora Hou with Mike Tupaea delivering a successful project for young fathers using art as a medium for therapy, E Ara, Kia Marama. As a follow on from this project, Mike Tupaea proposed the He Tangata He Tangata project as a weeklong wananga where art is used as a medium to support resilience and mental health wellbeing in youth. The aim was to provide three distinct and interwoven opportunities for Maori, and in particular Maori youth to gain an understanding of mental wellness through a cultural lens.
The He Tangata He Tangata project was held over a week, with three distinct parts. @ The Wall; Workshop with Charles Williams for youth; He Tangata He Tangata Exhibition Opening.
 @ The Wall created an amazing artwork on the Otaika Shopping Centre wall, which was an amazing combination of community support. (featured photo).  
He Tangata, He Tangata exhibition at Northtec Geoff Wilson Gallery. Was a magical evening which brought together Maori artists of waiata, haka, spoken word, paint, sculpture and the wonderful OGJ, Original Journey Hip Hop team (another Manaia Health PHO/ Te Ora Hou youth group partnership). Around 2,000 people visited this opening evening.
In Lucy’s words, both projects show how to inspire mental health wellbeing, gently.  While demonstrating the power of partnership! 
Lucy extends her thanks to those involved with the “@ The Wall” project:
“Well done to everyone who has been involved in making this such a successful community event.  I cannot speak highly enough of Mike Tupaea and Manaaki Waipouri who have worked solidly for so long to make sure this project became a reality.  Manaaki Waipouri is one of the original members of the E Ara, Kia Marama (Young Dads Group) who is now volunteering his time for Mike while between jobs.
Charles Williams - who is just so wonderful and so professional.  Where painting in the rain is just 'not an issue'.  [Charles Williams is the current World Champion Graffiti Artist who has worked with many community groups in South Auckland to beautify their community - http://www.charlesjaninewilliams.com/#!graffiti-art/c199t.]
Thank-you so much to all the Manaia Health PHO team who have been part of this. Audrey and Jaleesa who have been instrumental in making sure these last few days have run smoothly. You have kept us all sane, while completing the coffee pickups at the most critical times!
The amazing Te Ora Hou team; Lou, Briarley, youth workers, food deliverers, D'tag team, Linda, Rob - who contributed with brilliant music.  You are the most amazing and generous group of people who just get on with it and do!  
To Sophia Mackie and Richard who filmed and photographed, cajoled and laughed with those who came, capturing this process. Wet, cold and tired and neither ever without a smile.
To the group of five who donated eight hours on Saturday to put up the wall; Maanaki Waipouri, David Morton, David Garrick, Nathan McEwan, Shikhan Vatu, Shayne Wilson, John Clark, Dean Anderson, Pomare Pou - amazing.
To the guys from the Salvation Army who sat and delivered, goodness knows how many hundreds of sausages, in the pouring rain!
And most importantly to all those who visited, thank-you. We must have had around 2,000 through in the last five days.  Mike and Charles you both have been so caring with all the questions, comments, opinions, adoration, demands... thank-you.
In the words of one of our young visitors "thank-you for giving my community this gift". 
 
Well done Lucy, and to all those involved for supporting/promoting/funding such a worthwhile kaupapa!
Further information and media coverage here:
He Tangata He Tangata Exhibition - http://www.northtec.ac.nz/events/2016/he-tangata,-he-tangata
Whangarei Leader - http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/northland/81087244/he-tangata-he-tangata-project-builds-resiliance-and-wellness-in-youth
Northern Advocate - http://m.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=11662699

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Inspiring Resilience and Mental Health Wellness in Youth

Lucy Treadwell, Manaia Health PHO Youth Mental Health Clinician, has been working in partnership with Te Ora Hou with Mike Tupaea delivering a successful project for young fathers using art as a medium for therapy, E Ara, Kia Marama. As a follow on from this project, Mike Tupaea proposed the He Tangata He Tangata project as a weeklong wananga where art is used as a medium to support resilience and mental health wellbeing in youth. The aim was to provide three distinct and interwoven opportunities for Maori, and in particular Maori youth to gain an understanding of mental wellness through a cultural lens.

The He Tangata He Tangata project was held over a week, with three distinct parts. @ The Wall; Workshop with Charles Williams for youth; He Tangata He Tangata Exhibition Opening.

 @ The Wall created an amazing artwork on the Otaika Shopping Centre wall, which was an amazing combination of community support. (featured photo).  

He Tangata, He Tangata exhibition at Northtec Geoff Wilson Gallery. Was a magical evening which brought together Maori artists of waiata, haka, spoken word, paint, sculpture and the wonderful OGJ, Original Journey Hip Hop team (another Manaia Health PHO/ Te Ora Hou youth group partnership). Around 2,000 people visited this opening evening.

In Lucy’s words, both projects show how to inspire mental health wellbeing, gently.  While demonstrating the power of partnership! 

Lucy extends her thanks to those involved with the “@ The Wall” project:

“Well done to everyone who has been involved in making this such a successful community event.  I cannot speak highly enough of Mike Tupaea and Manaaki Waipouri who have worked solidly for so long to make sure this project became a reality.  Manaaki Waipouri is one of the original members of the E Ara, Kia Marama (Young Dads Group) who is now volunteering his time for Mike while between jobs.

Charles Williams - who is just so wonderful and so professional.  Where painting in the rain is just 'not an issue'.  [Charles Williams is the current World Champion Graffiti Artist who has worked with many community groups in South Auckland to beautify their community - http://www.charlesjaninewilliams.com/#!graffiti-art/c199t.]

Thank-you so much to all the Manaia Health PHO team who have been part of this. Audrey and Jaleesa who have been instrumental in making sure these last few days have run smoothly. You have kept us all sane, while completing the coffee pickups at the most critical times!

The amazing Te Ora Hou team; Lou, Briarley, youth workers, food deliverers, D'tag team, Linda, Rob - who contributed with brilliant music.  You are the most amazing and generous group of people who just get on with it and do!  

To Sophia Mackie and Richard who filmed and photographed, cajoled and laughed with those who came, capturing this process. Wet, cold and tired and neither ever without a smile.

To the group of five who donated eight hours on Saturday to put up the wall; Maanaki Waipouri, David Morton, David Garrick, Nathan McEwan, Shikhan Vatu, Shayne Wilson, John Clark, Dean Anderson, Pomare Pou - amazing.

To the guys from the Salvation Army who sat and delivered, goodness knows how many hundreds of sausages, in the pouring rain!

And most importantly to all those who visited, thank-you. We must have had around 2,000 through in the last five days.  Mike and Charles you both have been so caring with all the questions, comments, opinions, adoration, demands... thank-you.

In the words of one of our young visitors "thank-you for giving my community this gift". 

Well done Lucy, and to all those involved for supporting/promoting/funding such a worthwhile kaupapa!

Further information and media coverage here:

He Tangata He Tangata Exhibition - http://www.northtec.ac.nz/events/2016/he-tangata,-he-tangata

Whangarei Leader - http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/northland/81087244/he-tangata...

Northern Advocate - http://m.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&...