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What can you do?

We can all help to end discrimination toward people who experience mental illness and distress.

Do you know half of people hide their experience of mental illness from their family, friends and loved ones? What would you do if someone shared their experience of mental distress with you?

There are many ways you can support recovery

Be informed

Did you know that most people who experience mental illness recover? Myths and inaccurate beliefs lead to discrimination. Is your knowledge accurate?

Be fair

Treat people equally. When you include people who experience mental illness you are aiding their recovery. People want to be accepted and included without giving up who they are.

Be kind

When someone seems upset, ask if they need help.

Be inclusive

Learn more about discrimination, how it impacts on recovery and being included in everyday life. Hear from people, just like you and me, who have experience of mental distress. 

We are asking New Zealanders to make their own personal pledge to end mental illness discrimination. Join them today!

Good reads

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From China to NZ: A mental health journey

Sue's story

*Sue packed up her family’s life in China more than a decade... Read more

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The Mindful Minute Challenge

Natalie Lanfear

Natalie Lanfear has lived with mental distress for ten years, although the... Read more

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Sharing experience gives others hope

Helena Sonar

“The advice I would give my younger self is – keep your... Read more

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Schizophrenia is part of my story

Richard Anderson

Schizophrenia is potentially the most stigmatising of all mental illness diagnoses. Despite... Read more

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A brush with mental distress

Pita Alatini

Pita Alatini says his brush with mental distress after being dropped from... Read more

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Lifting the barrier for those battling mental illness

Sarah Gordon

Between stints in psychiatric care and hiding her diagnosis from friends, Sarah... Read more

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The challenge of revealing yourself

MaryJane Thomson

MaryJane Thomson is uncertain what came first, her mental illness or her... Read more

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Takatāpui part of the whānau

Kevin Haunui

By speaking up and challenging his own, and others, long held beliefs,... Read more

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Student's speech breaks down barriers

Sarah Morrison

“ARE YOU NUTS??!!! WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU??? So you’re CRAZY then!?” So... Read more

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Shutting down discrimination 

Kirsten Wong

Being an inaugural Like Minds, Like Mine ‘PODder’ is a very exciting... Read more

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Black comedy fights depression

Rob Mokaraka

There are not many people who have the ability to turn a... Read more

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Have you tried, maybe, not worrying?

Rachel Ross

2015 media grant fellow Rachel Ross was 22 when she became aware... Read more

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The benefits of having experienced mental illness

It feels almost flippant to be talking about the benefits of having... Read more

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Thriving, not just surviving

Caitlin Smart

Nineteen-year-old POD participant and Auckland University statistics student, Caitlin Smart, remembers her... Read more

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Beautiful identities don't judge

Hazel Guyan

University of Canterbury graduate, Hazel Guyan, is an inspiring young woman. Read more

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Discrimination from friends hard to handle

Annie

Annie (36) is frustrated with her friends after an episode of mental... Read more

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Positively bipolar

Simon Davis-Oakley

Simon Davis-Oakley enjoyed his life as a self-employed web designer and programmer... Read more

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Lessons on being who you are

Minnie Baragwanath

Minnie Baragwanath is chief executive and creator of the Be. Institute, a... Read more

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A cacophony of creativity

Nine hear voices

Almost 600 years ago an illiterate, French peasant girl rose to prominence... Read more

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A different attitude to illness

Magdel Hammond

Moving to Aotearoa was like shifting to “absolute paradise” for Magdel Hammond.... Read more

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Album takes note of stigma

Eric Biddington

A project that brought together the musical and writing talents of two... Read more

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Debbie's journey to positive energy

Debbie Siau

When Debbie Siau was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder, she thought her... Read more

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Loving the bipolar label

Jo Ashcroft

To those who don’t know her, Jo Ashcroft is the “bipolar lady”... Read more

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Personal experience inspires hope

Lance Elliott

Wellingtonian Lance Elliott has lived with schizophrenia for more than 20 years.... Read more

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Poets stand against stigma

Chris McMurray

Rapper and performance poet Chris McMurray is drawing on his personal experiences... Read more

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Art, stigma and other things

Andrew Serjeant

Some people spend all their spare cash on vices. Artist Andrew Serjeant... Read more

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Dancing out of the dark

Tamihana Paurini

When Kapiti dancer Tamihana Paurini experienced depression, he would not accept stigma... Read more

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Out of the darkness and into the light

Te Ariki

As the warm sunlight streams in through the window behind Te Ariki,... Read more

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Living with someone who has a mental illness

Shane and Joanne

Everyone except their doctor said it couldn’t work, two people with bipolar... Read more

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Editorial

Why the media matters

Research indicates that uninformed media coverage of mental distress can contribute to... Read more