We all know how good it is to find that someone thinks like we do. A like mind, like mine. When we find that like mind is worth connecting and sticking close. Especially if we’re a little bit different from most. Finally someone gets us.
In New Zealand there is an organisation dedicated to a public education programme working to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness in New Zealand. I love it. A whole organisation, funded by the government (Ministry of Health) no less.
I think this is really exciting to have such an organisation working on stigma, something which I am passionate about. They are doing a wide range of activities to promote this message and for some years there has been a television advertising campaign working to spread the word that anyone can have a mental illness. Like Minds have used prominent Kiwis (at times) to spread this message, people who have struggled with mental illness themselves. Names like ex-All Black John Kirwan, musician Mike Chunn and fashion designer Denise L’Estrange-Corbet all took part in early campaigns to let people know that people like us, (and them) suffer mental illnesses.
So I was really honoured to be interviewed recently for their latest newsletter. You may as well have told me I’d won an Oscar when they asked to talk to me about this blog. Wow! For me, it’s a great opportunity to link up with an organisation doing something I feel so strongly about. It will also, hopefully, let more Kiwis know about my blog (as well as the other kiwi blog featuredin the article). If you’d like to read what they had to say about me, and many more topics, here’s the link to their PDF version:
“Have no fear when darkness falls because there’s a light that shines within us all. There’s a flame that burns in every heart. It’s the will we have that lights the spark. Once in every lifetime, there’s a chance to stand apart.”
~ Theme song from 2002 Winter Olympics
- Demolishing Stigma (infinitesadnessorhope.wordpress.com)
- Self-Stigma… Am I My Own Worst Enemy? (infinitesadnessorhope.wordpress.com)