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Skills For Life Charitable Trust

Mental Health & Addictions Service

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8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Description

At Skills For Life Charitable Trust,  we're proud to offer CBT based learning opportunities to committed and motivated individuals needing support with mental health issues. Anyone can experience a mental health issue at any point in their life and need some help with understanding what they are experiencing and how to manage that experience. 

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a short-term, goal orientated, evidence-based approach that takes a hands-on, practical method to problem solving.  Its goal is to change patterns of behaviour and thinking that are behind people's difficulties, and so change the way they feel. 

Staff

Our facilitators are professionals experienced in mental health issues and are passionate about bringing the best out in our students.

How do I access this service?

Contact us

09 9889938

021791141

skillsforlife.nz@gmail.com

Make an appointment

Referral

From self, health professional

Website / App

www.skillsforlife.nz

Hours

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Mon – Fri 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Locations and hours vary depending on course

 

Public Holidays: Closed Waitangi Day (6 Feb), Good Friday (29 Mar), Easter Sunday (31 Mar), Easter Monday (1 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr), King's Birthday (3 Jun), Matariki (28 Jun), Labour Day (28 Oct), Northland Anniversary (27 Jan).

Languages Spoken

English

Programmes

Understanding and Managing Anxiety

This course provides an understanding of symptoms of anxiety and panic and their effects, as well as exploring treatments and self management options. We’ll define anxiety and panic and its impact on the mind and body. We’ll explore how lifestyles can affect anxiety, how to change anxious thinking cycles and how to relax more effectively. This is an eight session course (2 hours sessions, held weekly).

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Peer / advocacy / group / family whānau support, Community based support - mental health

Regions

Northland

Age Groups

Adult / Pakeke

Referral Types

Self referral, GP

Referral Process

Get in touch for more information.

For health professionals making a referral, simply call or email with basic contact details of the patient. For the courses, no further background is required.

Description

This course provides an understanding of symptoms of anxiety and panic and their effects, as well as exploring treatments and self management options. We’ll define anxiety and panic and its impact on the mind and body. We’ll explore how lifestyles can affect anxiety, how to change anxious thinking cycles and how to relax more effectively.

This is an eight session course (2 hours sessions, held weekly).

Understanding and Managing Depression

Depression is one of the most common mental health issues. In this course, we’ll explore what it is and its wide ranging impact on all aspects of life. We’ll talk about all kinds of treatments including lifestyle strategies to improve mood and gain a sense of control and explore some cognitive and behavioural techniques. This is an eight session course (two hour sessions, held weekly).

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Peer / advocacy / group / family whānau support, Community based support - mental health

Regions

Northland

Age Groups

Adult / Pakeke

Referral Types

Self referral, GP

Referral Process

Get in touch for more information.

For health professionals making a referral, simply call or email with basic contact details of the patient. For the courses, no further background is required.

Description

Depression is one of the most common mental health issues. In this course, we’ll explore what it is and its wide ranging impact on all aspects of life. We’ll talk about all kinds of treatments including lifestyle strategies to improve mood and gain a sense of control and explore some cognitive and behavioural techniques.

This is an eight session course (two hour sessions, held weekly).

Understanding and Managing Stress

This course provides an understanding of symptoms related to stress and its effects. Stress is defined and its impact on the mind and body is explored. We consider individual stress profiles and look at stress management planning. Unhelpful thinking and behaviours that create or maintain stress as well as other barriers to coping are explored.

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Peer / advocacy / group / family whānau support, Community based support - mental health, Non-acute specialist mental health community services

Regions

Northland

Age Groups

Adult / Pakeke

Referral Types

Self referral, GP

Referral Process

Get in touch for more information. For health professionals making a referral, simply call or email with basic contact details of the patient....

Description

This course provides an understanding of symptoms related to stress and its effects. Stress is defined and its impact on the mind and body is explored. We consider individual stress profiles and look at stress management planning. Unhelpful thinking and behaviours that create or maintain stress as well as other barriers to coping are explored.

New Beginnings and Navigating Changes

Offers new mothers experiencing PND a safe, non judgmental space to share the realities of motherhood as well as learning CBT skills to managing their current mental health experience.

Programme Areas

Mental health, Maternal & infant - mental health & addictions

Programme Type

Community based support - mental health, Non-acute specialist mental health community services, Maternal mental health - community support

Regions

Northland

Age Groups

Adult / Pakeke

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services

Referral Process

Get in touch for further information. For health professionals making a referral simply call or email providing basic contact details for the patient.

Description

Offers new mothers experiencing PND a safe, non judgmental space to share the realities of motherhood as well as learning CBT skills to managing their current mental health experience. 

Rethink for Seniors

This course is designed for people 65 years young and over. The course focuses on increasing resilience levels to enable a person to traverse the changes associated with the autumn years of life. We look at managing mental health as well as improving wellbeing and quality of life. We will cover a range of topics that give us tools to help with managing our thoughts, developing more positive behaviours, coping with stress and worry, sleep and difficult emotions.

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Peer / advocacy / group / family whānau support, Community based support - mental health, Non-acute specialist mental health community services

Regions

Northland

Age Groups

Older adult / Kaumātua

Referral Types

Self referral, GP

Referral Process

Please contact for further information. For health professionals making a referral please call or email with basic contact details for the patient.

Description

This course is designed for people 65 years young and over. The course focuses on increasing resilience levels to enable a person to traverse the changes associated with the autumn years of life. We look at managing mental health as well as improving wellbeing and quality of life. We will cover a range of topics that give us tools to help with managing our thoughts, developing more positive behaviours, coping with stress and worry, sleep and difficult emotions.

Mind Fullness to Mindfulness

Being mindful means to bring your full attention to your present experience in an accepting, non-judgemental way. In this course we’ll explore what mindfulness is, how to practise mindfulness quickly and easily so you can integrate a new way of being into your everyday life. This can help you to cope with your challenging emotions, managing stress, and increasing your general sense of wellbeing in a rich variety of different ways.

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Peer / advocacy / group / family whānau support, Community based support - mental health

Regions

Northland

Age Groups

Adult / Pakeke

Referral Types

Self referral, GP

Referral Process

Get in touch for more information.

For health professionals making a referral, simply call or email with basic contact details of the patient. For the courses, no further background is required.

Description

Being mindful means to bring your full attention to your present experience in an accepting, non-judgemental way.

In this course we’ll explore what mindfulness is, how to practise mindfulness quickly and easily so you can integrate a new way of being into your everyday life. This can help you to cope with your challenging emotions, managing stress, and increasing your general sense of wellbeing in a rich variety of different ways.

Gaining Balance

This course is designed for those experiencing Bipolar Disorder. The course involves learning how to monitor and understand mood symptoms, identify early warning signs for episodes, deal with stressful events that can trigger episodes. The course will also teach you cognitive behaviour techniques and strategies to help you manage episodes of both depression and mānia.

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Community based support - mental health, Non-acute specialist mental health community services

Regions

Northland

Age Groups

Adult / Pakeke

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services

Referral Process

Get in touch for more details. For health professionals making a referral simply call or email providing basic contact details for the patient.

Description

This course is designed for those experiencing Bipolar Disorder. The course involves learning how to monitor and understand mood symptoms, identify early warning signs for episodes, deal with stressful events that can trigger episodes. The course will also teach you cognitive behaviour techniques and strategies to help you manage episodes of both depression and mānia.

How to be Bold

This course explores how to increase your self-esteem, confidence, improve your sense of achievement and be more hopeful about future opportunities.

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Community based support - mental health, Non-acute specialist mental health community services

Regions

Northland

Age Groups

Adult / Pakeke

Referral Types

Self referral, GP

Referral Process

Get in touch for further information. For health professionals making a referral simply call or email with basic contact details of the patient.

Description

This course explores how to increase your self-esteem, confidence, improve your sense of achievement and be more hopeful about future opportunities.  

Working It Out

This course is specifically for people that are unemployed due to wellbeing issues. We explore how to deal with destructive negative thinking and behaviours and look at understanding different emotions and how to manage these. The course also explores our relationships with self, others and the world. There are specific sessions that cover assertiveness, dealing with criticism and conflict and problem solving. This course is offered in Whangārei, Kerikeri, Kaikohe, Dargaville and Kaitaia.

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Peer / advocacy / group / family whānau support, Community based support - mental health, Non-acute specialist mental health community services

Regions

Northland

Age Groups

Adult / Pakeke

Referral Types

Self referral, GP

Referral Process

Please contact for more information. Self referral or referral via work and income case manager. For health professionals making a referral please call or email with basic contact information for the patient.

Description

This course is specifically for people that are unemployed due to wellbeing issues. We explore how to deal with destructive negative thinking and behaviours and look at understanding different emotions and how to manage these. The course also explores our relationships with self, others and the world. There are specific sessions that cover assertiveness, dealing with criticism and conflict and problem solving.

This course is offered in Whangārei, Kerikeri, Kaikohe, Dargaville and Kaitaia.

Black Dog Training

This course is specifically for young people (14 - 17 years) that experience depression. During this course we’ll look together at what it means to be depressed and how to cope with specific symptoms. Understanding what depression is and how it can affect our minds and behaviours is key to learning how to have better control on its effects. We will help you to identify and change your unhelpful thinking and behaviours which will help you to fight the lows.

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Peer / advocacy / group / family whānau support, Community based support - mental health

Regions

Northland

Age Groups

Youth / Rangatahi

Referral Types

Self referral, GP

Referral Process

Get in touch for more information.

For health professionals making a referral, simply call or email with basic contact details of the patient. For the courses, no further background is required.

Description

This course is specifically for young people (14 - 17 years) that experience depression.

During this course we’ll look together at what it means to be depressed and how to cope with specific symptoms. Understanding what depression is and how it can affect our minds and behaviours is key to learning how to have better control on its effects. We will help you to identify and change your unhelpful thinking and behaviours which will help you to fight the lows.

Fighting 'IT'

This course is specifically for young people (aged 14 - 17 years) that experience anxiety. During this course we’ll look together at what anxiety is and how it affects us; how it feels, what we are thinking and what we do. We will explore all the different situations that bring anxious feelings and the possible reasons for that. We will learn different ways to feel relaxed-the opposite to feeling anxious. Helping us to understand all about anxiety teaches us how to be the boss of ‘it’!

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Peer / advocacy / group / family whānau support, Community based support - mental health

Regions

Northland

Age Groups

Youth / Rangatahi

Referral Types

Self referral, GP

Referral Process

Get in touch for more information.

For health professionals making a referral, simply call or email with basic contact details of the patient. For the courses, no further background is required.

Description

This course is specifically for young people (aged 14 - 17 years) that experience anxiety.

During this course we’ll look together at what anxiety is and how it affects us; how it feels, what we are thinking and what we do. We will explore all the different situations that bring anxious feelings and the possible reasons for that. We will learn different ways to feel relaxed-the opposite to feeling anxious. Helping us to understand all about anxiety teaches us how to be the boss of ‘it’!

Additional Details

Face to face / Kanohi ki te Kanohi, Child / Tamariki friendly

Contact Details

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Suite 303
33-35 Robert Street
Whangarei
Northland 0110

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Suite 303
33-35 Robert Street
Whangārei
Northland 0110

This page was last updated at 9:53AM on April 13, 2023. This information is reviewed and edited by Skills For Life Charitable Trust.