Breaking down the barriers – it’s time to talk
hear. Is it that individuals piously say that they would never use derogatory words or actions towards those who have experienced mental ill health? As a club member, I would dispute this and state that such comments and actions are within our community. While working on the Likes Minds, Like Mine contract, the team has attempted to make contact with many groups, workplaces and the media to assist with delivering this message by way of articles, presentations (no matter the size of the group), information and workshops and yet has had a very limited response from the community. Is this in itself a form of stigma and an unspoken response that this subject is not as important as others?
In the next two months there will be many public events addressing our suicide rates. Wouldn’t it be powerful if accompanying this was a message of inclusiveness for those who have survived the traumatic experience of a mental health illness? I believe that there are many survivors making worthwhile contributions to this community and I would like to hear from them so as to be visible at some forthcoming events. For this reason if anyone is interested in sharing their story, contributing to dispelling the myths that surround mental illness I would very much like to hear from you.
My aim to hold an informal confidential get-together to see how, or if, you would like to contribute. if this sounds like something you would like to hear more about, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. - Like Minds Like Mine, co-ordinator Marion Rowe, email email@example.com - Witherlea Community Team, 24-hour crisis and mental health service – 03 520 9907 or after hours 03 520 9999 and ask for the on-call crisis team - Te Piki Oranga, Maori community mental health services – 03 543 7016 - Older persons’ mental health community team – 03 520 999 - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) – 03 520 9905 or the crisis service – 03 520 9999 and ask for on-call CAMHS staff.
This contract aims to reduce stigma and discrimination towards those who have, or have had the experience, of a mental illness.
- Lifeline – 0800 543 354 - Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 / 0508 TAUTOKO (24/7). For people who may be thinking about suicide, or concerned about family or friends. - Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757 - Samaritans – 0800 726 666 (24/7) - Youthline – 0800 376 633 (24/7) or free text 234 (8am-12am), or email firstname.lastname@example.org - Rural Support Trust Helpline – 0800 787 254 - Healthline – 0800 611 116 - Rainbow Youth – (09) 376 4155 - The Nutters Club - thenuttersclub.co.nz - The Lowdown (for young people) – thelowdown.org.nz or freetext 5626
Marion Rowe is the Like Minds, Like Mine co-ordinator for Marlborough.