Everyone except their doctor said it couldn’t work, two people with bipolar living together. As far as friends and family were concerned, Shane Egen and Joanne Lind-Egen were a bad mix.
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.
Ange Sampson is a woman on a mission. She’s determined to link New Zealand youth with experience of mental illness in the best way she knows how – through positive action.
When I was nine I remember my father saying to me he may not be living with us much longer and I said “Why is that?” He said “Your mother and I disagree on things, she thinks that gay men are nice.”