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…

The Mental Health Impact of Hate Crime – LaQuisha St Redfern

Christmas 2016 I had, what I’m calling: ‘a mental health speed-wobble’. Speed-wobble: when you’re driving on the freeway and you’re going too fast. Speeding on a on a motorway. Then the steering wheel starts to vibrate in your hands and you think “I’m pushing it a bit”. The whole car is wobbling, so you grip…

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…