Hard Won Wisdom – Richard Anderson

We are culturally conditioned to feel ashamed of our mental health conditions but I have found that although it is hard work to overcome that sense of shame, it is possible. I have also noticed this in belonging to the peer community for some years now, and beginning to trust the members of several support…

Just Get On With It – Karen Breckon

Just Get On With It. I want everything. I want the Moon and the Sun. I want to drown in my tears. I want to feel the wind and rain start, and still stay outside. I want to blunder my way through to every soft part of my soul. I want a thought that is…

In, Through, Beyond; Madness – Gary Platz

I remember running a workshop in a mental health conference in the late 90’s and saying I won’t use the word ‘recovery’ because I don’t believe the word recovery describes the process. You don’t recover from extreme experiences of what is diagnosed mental illness but you can transcend them (transcend: Latin, transcendere, ‘climb over or…

Dear Readers – Anna Jane Jackman

Hello Dear Readers, Here is a wee introduction so we can feel more at ease with one another. My name is Anna. I grew up town named Uawa, or Tolaga Bay as it is more commonly known. It’s choice as and beautiful too. I am 26 years young currently. I have a degree in sociology…

Tahi – Egan Bidois

Ko Takitimu, ko Mataatua, ko Te Arawa ōku Waka Takitimu, Mataatua, Te Arawa are (the names of) my ancestral canoes Ko Ngati Ranginui, ko Ngaiterangi, ko Te Arawa ōku Iwi Ngati Ranginui, Ngaiterangi, Te Arawa are (the names of) my ancestral tribes Ko Pirirakau, ko Ngati Pikiao, ko Ngati Whakaue ōku Hapu Pirirakau, Ngati Pikiao,…