Break­ing down the bar­ri­ers – it’s time to talk

Marlborough Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - MAR­ION ROWE

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 teara.ma­hana@thonr.org. - Like Minds Like Mine, co-or­di­na­tor Mar­ion Rowe, email teara.ma­hana@thonr.org - 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.

Other sup­port:

- 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 talk@youth­line.co.nz - 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.

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