Let's make NZ an even better place to live

1 in 5 New Zealanders will experience mental illness this year. That's a lot of Kiwis – it could be you, your family, workmates or friends.

One of the biggest challenges for people experiencing mental illness is stigma and discrimination. It can feel like a constant, heavy weight that makes life more challenging.

But it doesn't have to be that way. You can be part of changing this.

We’re asking New Zealanders to share their experiences around when they’ve felt the weight of mental illness stigma and discrimination and the simple things people have said or done to help lighten the load. Visit www.taketheloadoff.nz to find out more and get involved.


How can you make a difference?

We can end mental illness discrimination together. We've got ideas, practical tips and information about how you can make a difference in your community or workplace to create a healthier, more inclusive New Zealand. 

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What can communities do?

Discrimination is one of the biggest barriers to recovery from an experience of mental illness. Whether you are part of a sports club, school, marae, or your own book club, you can support someone's recovery and inclusion.

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Media guidelines: Portrayal of people living with mental illness and mental health issues in Aotearoa

Journalists hold great power and can influence public opinion about people with mental illness in positive and negative ways. These guidelines will equip journalists with the confidence and understanding to report on mental illness and mental health issues safely, accurately and respectfully. 

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