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Central Team Update


SFMI Auckland’s regional office in Grey Lynn (Fellowship House), where the central team is based, is currently receiving a complete exterior paint job. At the moment most of the windows are sealed to keep out paint stripper fumes and at times there is lots of scraping and scratching of Kauri weather boards as the painters work on surface preparation. It will be great to see the new coat go on and the grand old villa we work in here looking bright and shiny again.

The team has been busy with new referrals over recent months as well as being involved in organising and running various workshops and forums. Lucy has been in trainer mode as she co facilitates the ‘Family Connection’s’ course,  a 12 week training course for families of people who experience emotional dis regulation (a symptom of Borderline Personality Disorder) . The course has been run in ADHB area before with great feedback from those who have attended. This is the first time that SFMI has provided the training and with the good uptake by families this time we’re hoping to continue providing this resource regularly.    

David is involved in organising and running of the 6 monthly regional family forum. The upcoming forum on the 1st of June is going to be one with a difference where family members will be able to attend a free 3 hour SAFETALK suicide intervention workshop presented by Lifeline. SAFETALK was developed to help family/whanau members gain skills and become more confident when supporting someone who is at risk of self -harm or suicide. Please click here for more info and registration details.

SFMI Auckland, and the central fieldworker team especially, recently lost a real asset with the departure of John Taylor who has gone on to a new role within the addictions sector in the region. John was with the team for around 18 months and brought with him a heap of experience and expertise in addictions counselling. John used these to support, empower, and resource many families during his time with us. Thank you John for all your input and the support you’ve been to families as well as your team mates in each of our northern region offices.  We wish John all the best.

Some of our readers may not be aware of the free counselling service SFMI now provides to family members who may need some personal counselling support for a while. Our resident counsellor Manuela has also been busy since the beginning of the year. We’ve been getting some great feedback from those who have used service and family members are welcome to contact our Grey Lynn office for more info about the service and how to access.