Election 2017 – The Māori Party’s Reply

Kia ora team, Please see the Māori Party responses below: 1. What is your party’s vision for the mental health and wellbeing of all people in our country? The Māori Party is committed to ensuring all people of New Zealand benefit from a loving, caring and supportive society. We want whānau to be the best…

Election 2017 – The Green Party’s Reply

Tēnā koutou Thank you for your letter dated the 17th of May 2017 regarding the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand’s policy on mental health and the wellbeing of New Zealanders. Below are the responses to your questions. 1. What is your party’s vision for the mental health and wellbeing of all people in our…

There’s An Election Coming – Mad in Aotearoa

Yesterday afternoon (17 May) the following letter was emailed to: jonathan.coleman@parliament.govt.nz david.clark@parliament.govt.nz julieanne.genter@parliament.govt.nz barbara.stewart@parliament.govt.nz marama.fox@parliament.govt.nz peter.dunne@parliament.govt.nz david.seymour@parliament.govt.nz gareth@top.org.nz Kei te rangatira, tēnā koutou MENTAL HEALTH – GENERAL ELECTION We are writing to ask for information about your vision, policies and targets for the mental health and wellbeing of the people of Aotearoa/New Zealand. We will…

#reviewthesystem – Andrea Bates

Our mental health system is broken! Our mental health system is doing exactly what it was designed to do. Our mental health system is based on a fantastical yarn (cheers Uncle Hec!), and it is not fit for the purposes our country requires of it. These are not signs of brokenness – they are fundamental…

The Stories We Tell – Stella Carruthers

I recently talked with Marianne Elliott of ActionStation. Marianne is the Director of Story and Strategy for ActionStation, a financially and ideologically independent social justice organisation which works for results through collective action. Interested in “connected people” and the power of combined actions to facilitate change, ActionStation is multi-issue. It works by drawing connections between…

Mental Distress – Sarah O’Connor

This Letter to the Editor was published in the Dominion Post today, 15 April 2017. Mental Distress I was astonished by Children’s safety comes first (April 12) – the layers of stigma and discrimination were breathtaking. No, heartbreaking. In 2017, after decades of anti-discrimination campaigns, we still hear the “not in our backyard” argument. Don’t…