When Debbie Siau was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she thought her fiancé would leave her and her chance at living a meaningful life was over.
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.
To those who don’t know her, Jo Ashcroft is the “bipolar lady” of Titirangi, Auckland. It’s a label she doesn’t mind owning, in fact it’s one she wears with pride.
Moving to Aotearoa was like shifting to “absolute paradise” for Magdel Hammond. When the 51-year-old left Namibia with her husband and two children, she never expected to find such a difference in the treatment of people with mental illness.