SILENCE = STIGMA

The best thing anyone can do to help mental health in New Zealand is to talk about it.

Mental Illness can have a deep and lasting impact on the people it touches.  For many, it is the defining experience of their lives.  It would be unbearable to think that these experiences are without meaning.  Every story of mental illness and recovery is profoundly important – to the people who have lived it and all humanity.

Sharing your story makes recovery real.  Once you tell someone, you have made a declaration to another human being: I or my loved one has faced mental illness and this is how we coped.

Sharing your story builds community.  It’s one of the foundations of civilization. We build community and create connections by sharing those stories – especially those involving loss and hope.

Your story matters.  Tell it.