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…

Why Worry? – Anna Jane Jackman

(A short essay about the art of worrying as a millennial) I’ll be honest. I have been avoiding putting on my writing cap for a while now; hoping that if I just don’t worry about it, then no harm will come to me. Alas, this was not the case, and as a result I suffered…

#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…

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…