1 in 5 New Zealanders will experience mental illness this year. That's a lot of Kiwis – it could be you, your family, workmates or friends.
One of the biggest challenges for people experiencing mental illness is stigma and discrimination. It can feel like a constant, heavy weight that makes life more challenging.
But it doesn't have to be that way. You can be part of changing this.
Striking up a kōrero/conversation with someone who is going through a tough time can feel awkward, so just keep it simple. Just ask, “I’ve noticed you don’t seem yourself lately. Are you ok?" Try not to jump in with your opinion and advice. Just whakarongo/listen to what they say. For more tips on how you can tautoko/support someone, go to www.likeminds.org.nz/justask.
We can end mental illness discrimination together. We've got ideas, practical tips and information about how you can make a difference in your community or workplace to create a healthier, more inclusive New Zealand.
Discrimination is one of the biggest barriers to recovery from an experience of mental illness. Whether you are part of a sports club, school, marae, or your own book club, you can support someone's recovery and inclusion.
Journalists hold great power and can influence public opinion about people with mental illness in positive and negative ways. These guidelines will equip journalists with the confidence and understanding to report on mental illness and mental health issues safely, accurately and respectfully.
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