With twin four-year-olds and a busy work schedule to contend with, Lotto presenter Sonia Gray is usually more suited to calming disputes than creating them.
How can you support someone with mental illness?
Remind people of their uniqueness. Visit. Let people talk about what they are going through. Don't quit, keep asking questions. Keep your friendships. Believe the best about your friends. Talk on the phone. Hang out on the weekends. Be willing to listen.
Like Minds, Like Mine is a national, publicly funded programme aimed at reducing the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness.
When Kapiti dancer Tamihana Paurini experienced depression, he would not accept stigma and discrimination from people to whom he told his story. Instead he struggled with self-stigma.
Comedian Rob Callaghan has turned his experience of bipolar disorder into material for his stand-up routine. Rob performed at the Like Minds National Seminar in 2011 and had the audience in fits of laughter and also a few tears with his hilarious and brutally honest account of his experiences.