Workshop facilitators

Our people bring diverse skills, cultures and life experiences.

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    Roger Haenga

    Facilitator - MH101® and Addiction 101

    Whaia e koe te iti kahurangi, kei te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei.

    Pursue your aspirations and bow only to an insurmountable mountain.

    I am truly fortunate to have lived the life I’ve lived, and celebrate having soared, and crashed, with equal vigour.

    I appreciate the value that my most dire experiences bring to my today and my tomorrow.  Especially my lived experience of long-term homelessness, mental and physical health challenges and substance abuse.  More importantly my experience of recovery.

    Having personally lived through these made working on the frontline in community mental health, addiction and homelessness settings really rewarding.

    Currently, I’m on an intense and exciting pathway towards becoming a certified Rongoā Māori practitioner.  A very new and different journey for me.

    I feel fortunate to be involved with what Blueprint for Learning does, and this opportunity to continue to contribute to something that empowers others, to support others, towards recovery. 

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    Shelly Reet

    Facilitator - MH101®

    MSc Mental Health Studies, Post Grad D.M.S., R.P.N.

    Originally from the UK, Shelly’s passion for mental health began in her early teens and has extended through to over 35+ years’ experience in the health and social services sector. She has worked in varying clinical, managerial and education-based roles in the UK and Australasia, as well as working independently as a consultant, supervisor and facilitator.

    Shelly adopted Aotearoa as her home in 2000 and raised her three amazing young people here. She is the proud ‘parent’ of a very large canine (often easier to manage than the young people!).

    She has facilitated numerous mental health and wellbeing learning programmes, including suicide mitigation/prevention, mental health awareness, stress management, mindfulness, self-care, relapse prevention.

    Shelly is known for her passion for mental wellbeing and advocacy of people-focussed service design and delivery. She excels in motivating and developing those she works alongside, expanding her own knowledge base and insights as a result. She is a creative, fun facilitator and storyteller with a positive can-do outlook. 

    Her academic qualifications include Master of Science in Mental Health (Kings College London), Postgraduate Diploma in Management (Thames Valley University London), Advanced Certificate in Adult Education (Te Wānanga o Aotearoa) and a variety of qualifications in the areas of counselling, facilitating and supervising. She is a registered member of the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

    In her spare time, Shelly loves exploring Aotearoa, plays and dances in Wellington Batucada (Brazilian Samba), and is a keen supporter of the Arts, including performing in amateur theatre. She serves on the board of Pablos Art Studio and is currently the co-chair of the board of Wellington Women's Refuge.

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    Shona McNeil

    Facilitator - MH101®

    I'm originally from bonnie Scotland having moved here with my husband in 2011. Scots and Māori have lots in common and I value what I've learnt from tangata whenua about holistic wellbeing and the importance of tūrangawaewae, especially being so far from 'home', and try to incorporate these as a Blueprint Facilitator. 

    My background is in the arts where I combined my love of theatre with a passion for stimulating creativity and wellbeing with all ages and abilities.  I use creative skills such as sand tray in my practice as a counsellor with Abuse & Rape Crisis in Manawatū.  

    For self care, I love the garden, walking on the beach with our dogs, and singing traditional African American spirituals.

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    Shreya Rao

    Facilitator - MH101®

    Kia ora tātou 
    Ko Puketāpapa te maunga 
    Ko Manukau te moana 
    Nō Tāmaki Makaurau ahau
    Ko Shreya tōku ingoa

     I began working in the advocacy space in 2012. I was passionate about youth mental health and wanted to see a change. My advocacy took me into clinical services, onto governance boards, and on various panels at conferences. I advocated for youth friendly services, services that catered to our Asian youth, and focused energy on prevention. During this time, I also gained conjoint degrees in Public Health and Science (Psychology). 

    My proudest achievements are the young people I mentored through programmes with the Mental Health Foundation and Changing Minds. Our young people have spoken at schools, showcased art and poetry, and shared their stories on tv. It gives me great pride to see these rangatahi continue to champion the kaupapa our forebearers began. 

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    Shubhangi Kaushik

    Facilitator - MH101®

    As a registered psychologist, I am interested in organisational change and how and why people adapt to and embrace change. I view working with organisations as low hanging fruit to increase awareness of mental wellbeing and build a positive workplace culture, therefore creating a wider impact in peoples lives.

    In my professional life, I have worked across different verticals of the non-government and government mental health sector, both at a strategic and grass-roots level, providing consultation on strategic vision, service design, development, implementation and delivery, and project and change management.

    Much of my working career has involved facilitation in some way, shape or form. I see it as a way to equip others with the tools they need to understand mental well-being, supporting early intervention. I also see it as a great learning opportunity for myself, meeting new people and fostering positive discussions on important topics, while developing new perspectives.

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    Sialei Anamani

    Facilitator - MH101®

    My name is Sialei Anamani and I have been a passionate facilitator of the MH101 programme since 2013. My background is in programme delivery, development, coaching and mentoring, and of course adult education and facilitation.

    I have a real interest in trauma informed research and care and believe this field is going to start changing our mental health system in the years to come. It's an honour to be able to deliver a programme that touches people's lives in a real way and encourages positive change.

    I get to be a part of this every day I go to work, walking alongside people as they look at their wellbeing and learn about ways to support themselves and others - a true blessing!

    Outside of my work with MH101, I am a mother of a gorgeous four-year-old boy, and care for my own wellbeing by ensuring I have balance by exploring creative endeavours, writing music, sport and staying connected with family and friends. 

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    Sian Torrington

    (she/her)

    Facilitator - MH101®

    I come from a background in community engagement, creative practice, and people-centred design. I am an experienced, empathetic and inclusive facilitator, with experience working with small and large groups in communities, government agencies, and teams. I love working with people, and particularly enabling active learning where everyone can participate. I am a naturally curious person, and I love the diversity of perspectives and experience that people bring to workshops.

    I whakapapa to the whenua of Wales through my father, where storytelling and connection through conversation is strong. I am pleased to be part of the MH101® facilitator team, enabling everyday conversations to destigmatise mental health challenges.

    A fo ben, bid bont – If you want to be a leader, be a bridge. 

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    Simmi Singh-Parmar

    Facilitator - MH101®

     

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    Steve Carter

    Facilitator - MH101®

    After graduating with an Honours degree in Business Law, I have built up 30 years of experience in community development and social justice across various roles in the UK and Aotearoa/NZ. For 10 years, I was a Mental Health Promoter with the Mental Health Foundation, working on the Like Minds, Like Mine and Five Ways To Wellbeing campaigns and I was also part of the team that set up the All Right? campaign following the Christchurch earthquakes.

    I am excited to be part of the MH101® team as I love to use my skills and knowledge to help promote open dialogue and understanding about mental health and wellbeing in our communities. I identify as tangata whaiora and I am passionate about using my personal lived experience to help others develop confidence when talking about recovery.

    I am also a musician and writer, a permaculturist, and my superpower is T’ai Chi.

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    Suzy Morrison

    (she/her)

    Facilitator - Addiction 101

    I was born in Kaitangata and raised in Milton. I have two daughters and three grandchildren and I’ve lived in Auckland for 40+ years.

    I’ve been working in the addiction sector in both residential and community settings for more than 20 years, latterly in an addiction workforce development role. I’m proud to be part of Addiction 101.

    It’s a person-centered and interactive workshop which reduces stigma for people and their family and whānau. We are all learning together.

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    Synthia

    Synthia Dash

    Facilitator - MH101®

    I am of Samoan and European decent. I have worked in the mental health, addiction, disability and social service sectors for 20 years. I’ve had both frontline support roles working with people with disabilities, at risk youth and the elderly, and back-facing roles in workforce development, cultural competency, service quality and improvement, systemic advocacy and mental health research.

    I was motivated to become an MH101 facilitator through my passion for using my lived experience to breakdown stigma and discrimination towards mental illness and to equip ordinary New Zealanders with knowledge and tools to support their own mental health and wellbeing.

    I love empowering people to recognise, relate and respond appropriately to those with mental distress, whether it be their clients, friends or family. I believe we all have a role to help New Zealanders’ mental health flourish and to prevent suicide and self-harm in our communities.

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    Tony Gomez

    Facilitator - MH101® and Addiction 101

    Tony is a critical care and trauma nurse, now working in the mental health and addiction field.

    He is from the Philippines where he finished his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Nursing. Tony then emigrated to Australia and worked in six different countries before moving to Aotearoa New Zealand.

    He completed his postgraduate degree in mental health at AUT, certificate degree in criminal justice at University of Canterbury and diploma in psychology from Open Polytechnic of NZ. He is doing his doctoral degree with mental health as the core focus of his research and started his Rongoā studies under Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

    Tony is part of Te Tumu Waiora, a national initiative by the government and Ministry of Health, using an innovative new model of care for general practice, giving people easy, equitable and prompt access to local mental health and well-being support.

    As a Behavioural Health Consultant/Health Improvement Practitioner, Tony is in general practice to see all patients’ presentation, including physical health, and all ages.

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    Vito

    Vito Nonumalo

    Facilitator - MH101®

    Talofa lava, I’m a New Zealand-born Samoan, originally from Wellington but now living in the South Island.

    My career in mental health spans 20 years, but originally come from a background in broadcasting and journalism. What draws me to work in this area is my own personal experience of depression and anxiety and what it has taught me not just about myself, but about people in general.

    I‘ve been a facilitator with the MH101 workshop programme since it started in 2009 and I love the chance to share knowledge with people from all walks of life.

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    Dr Wayne Duncan

    Facilitator - MH101®

    Kia ora 

    Most know me as a person who enjoys nothing more than being with people, sharing ideas and experiences as we grow together. This is possibly why I have a passion for education, psychology, social research and a range of other interests involving people and new experiences.  Combined with being involved in teaching, school management, project management, consultancy and research, I also completed my Masters in Educational Psychology and a Doctorate in an area of special social importance, that of Empathy.  

    For me, however, true wisdom comes from the merging of knowledge and experience.  As such I believe I am fortunate to view mental health through a range of lenses, those of knowledge, personal experience, and helping others with mental health issues.  As part of MH101® I will relish the opportunity to share my perspectives looking through those lenses and also learning from yours. You may even find meeting me interesting, as I am also known as a bit of a laugh!

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