SPEAK YOUR MIND

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ADELE HAUWAI

What do you want to see changed within mental health in NZ? There is a lot of racism and shame for our indigenous Maori community - from both Maori and non-Maori communities. Systematic & institutional racism since colonisation is well overdue which has caused a lot of mental health challenges amongst Maori/Polynesians - even all the children raised in state care. Childhood abuse is a big cause of mental health, drugs & alcohol, crime, jail and suicide. It's a big cause of depression, anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Having lost a brother to suicide from depression and almost taking my own life many times, this needs to STOP! Our desperate cries need to be heard. This can stop by allowing qualified holistic Maori/Polynesians service providers to help their own people, or whatever our communities see fit for purpose. Coming from a traumatic childhood myself, having attended 11 schools total, we need to break these negative cycles of abuse and intergenerational traumas which is causing a huge spike in mental health & suicide crisis. Listen to understand. Listen without judgement. Listen with your heart. Mauri ora!

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HANNAH HOOKER

A message to someone who is struggling… 'This too shall pass, just hold on'

EVERY 40 SECONDS SOMEONE IN THE WORLD DIES BY SUICIDE
— World Health Organisation
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BARY NEAL

A message to someone who is struggling…Right now as you are struggling with the demons and in a really dark place, you find it hard to believe that there is a way out of this, and cutting your life short seems like the easy option out. That would of been the way my boy was feeling also before he took his life 3 years ago. Firstly let me tell you that you are not a failure, you are not a burden to others, and the world is a better place with you in it. After my boy left us, I too was in a dark place, and trying to see the positive in anything was next to impossible. Like many of you reading this, I would smile at people and no-one would even know what I was really feeling inside. I had to find a way out of this, and it started with looking for the good, instead of the bad in everyday situations and gradually those small positives started becoming bigger positives, and the negatives were shrinking. I was surrounding myself with positive people, not those who find the negative in everything and starting to go for walks, it is amazing how it helps clear your mind. Never ever be afraid to ask for help, no matter what, and remember that the storm you are currently experiencing will come to an end soon, and the rainbow after the storm is so worth fighting for. I am proof that the rainbow exists after the storm, and I know you can be too. Fight through this, never give up and ask for help (as most males seem so hesitant to do due to fear, embarrassment, or not wanting to burden others, yet is so very important). Feel free to contact me if you need someone to talk to - you are awesome.

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CHARLOTTE LINDO

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KATH DOUBLEDAY

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OLIVIA FLEUR

A message to someone who is struggling… It is OKAY that you are not okay, it is okay that some days are just too hard and that everything feels like it has fallen apart. I know it is hard and it may keep being hard for a little while longer. But you are not a burden, and it is not shameful to feel the way you do. Your friends and family, they will be wondering what is going on, and they will want to help you. Sometimes they may struggle to reach out. Those conversations are hard, they are sometimes the best ones to have. If you are struggling right now, just know that there is light at the end of the tunnel, that the black box that you feel stuck in will disintegrate. In a few months, or a few years you will look back at what you have been through and you will be proud, so proud of what you have survived, and you will be grateful because through it all it helped shake who you are and who you will become. But remember, with this time now, the way you feel does not define you, you define you.

A message to someone who is struggling… Please keep fighting, do all you can to keep yourself in this life. I promise you that it gets better. One day you will look back on this time and feel immense pride that you got through what you did and that you're alive to tell the tale and motivate someone else to keep fighting. You are loved, you are beautiful and you are enough.

WE NEED OUR LEADERS TO EDUCATE, INVEST & EMPOWER FOR MENTAL HEALTH FOR ALL

What do you want to see changed within mental health in NZ? More accessibility, with good people, more wrap around services, rather than an ambulance at the bottom of the hill (so to speak). From my experience, before I was physically suicidal, I wasn't able to access good help, unless I paid hundreds of dollars and even then it wasn't that great and I couldn't afford it but went anyway, so it put major pressure on my already tough life. Then finally once sectioned under the mental health act was when I could access public mental health (which was amazing!) I had some fabulous people. Just sad that I had to get so bad. 

A message to someone who is struggling… In those very real distressing moments, please just take one moment, and then the next, you will slowly get through it. Think to yourself this too shall pass. I promise that it can get better, no matter how terrible things feel right now and the world really will NOT be better off without you. Stay strong, you deserve a better way.

LAURA BEVERLEY

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MEGAN SULLIVAN

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ROCHELLE ROLESTON

A message to someone who is struggling… Go easy on yourself and take it one step at a time. In the moment you feel overwhelmed/sad/angry - stop, breathe, understand it is a passing feeling and let it go. Go back to living normally and repeat when necessary.

A message to someone who is struggling…The fight and battle of living with a mental illness isn't easy, and I promise you that you are stronger than you give yourself credit for. You didn't come this far to only come this far. You are not your diagnosis, you are not the lies your brain convinces you of. You are not a burden, YOU are capable of overcoming this. I know it may seem dark and gloomy but please do not give up, you are so valued, so loved and such a blessing on this planet. You deserve to LIVE not just survive. Things will get better, your days will be brighter and you will feel at peace again. Just never give up because you CAN do this. I believe in you as well as so many others.

A message to someone who is struggling…'I see you. You matter'

SOPHIE TRASK

TRACY SMITH

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TUESDAY VELDHOVEN

What do you want to see changed within mental health in NZ? I'd like to see more early intervention initiatives put in place for those who may be beginning to struggle - not just an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. A message to someone who is struggling… To whoever may be struggling don't be afraid to ask for help. It is one of the strongest things you could ever do. Even though things may seem hopeless, you can get through this, just take it one step at a time <3'

A message to someone who is struggling… Right now as you are struggling with the demons and in a really dark place, you find it hard to believe that there is a way out of this, and cutting your life short seems like the easy option out. That would of been the way my boy was feeling also before he took his life 3 years ago. Firstly let me tell you that you are not a failure, you are not a burden to others, and the world is a better place with you in it. After my boy left us, I too was in a dark place, and trying to see the positive in anything was next to impossible. Like many of you reading this, I would smile at people and no-one would even know what I was really feeling inside. I had to find a way out of this, and it started with looking for the good, instead of the bad in everyday situations and gradually those small positives started becoming bigger positives, and the negatives were shrinking. I was surrounding myself with positive people, not those who find the negative in everything and starting to go for walks, it is amazing how it helps clear your mind. Never ever be afraid to ask for help, no matter what, and remember that the storm you are currently experiencing will come to an end soon, and the rainbow after the storm is so worth fighting for. I am proof that the rainbow exists after the storm, and I know you can be too. Fight through this, never give up and ask for help (as most males seem so hesitant to do due to fear, embarrassment, or not wanting to burden others, yet is so very important). Feel free to contact me if you need someone to talk to - you are awesome.

A message to someone who is struggling…If you are struggling today, please keep going. Go gently with yourself and don't you give up. Better days will come, I promise you that. And when they do, you will close your eyes and raise your face to the sun, breathe deeply and feel your grateful heart beating... and you will be so glad that you stayed.

JESSICA HARNETT

What do you want to see changed within mental health in NZ? So many New Zealanders continue to slip through the cracks of our system and miss out on the help they need to overcome their illness. Let's start to build a fence at the top of the hill and make sure people receive the help they ask for when they ask for it rather than continuing to rely on the ambulance at the bottom. Let's actually start helping those who reach out for help. Kia kaha New Zealand!

ANDREW FARRELL



A message to someone who is struggling… I want you to know that it’s okay to feel this way. It’s okay to feel angry with the world; to wonder why the worlds against you. I want you to know that you’re not a burden, you are loved, and you deserve to be heard. Mental illness doesn’t discriminate. Don’t let anyone make you feel as though your feelings are invalid, as you know your body and your brain better than anyone else ever will. If you know something doesn’t feel right; if you know there’s something wrong, seek help. Don’t convince yourself that feeling miserable is just part of having a mental illness or that you need to suffer in silence. Start listening to your body and your mind. You journey doesn’t have to start with a grand gesture - it can begin with a message to a helpline or letting a friend know you’re having a difficult time. I want you to get the support you need as soon as possible so you can live your life to the fullest.

ASHLEIGH KENDALL



What do you want to see changed within mental health in NZ ? I would love to see every person in New Zealand have easy access to mental health professionals and counselling.  I would love to see mental health so normalised that we can talk openly about our current mental health status, as we would about the flu or a broken leg. So normalised that employers, colleagues and teachers accept you need to take time to recover from any mental health struggle without prejudice or question, just as you would with any other illness. I would love it to be so normalised that our culture in New Zealand and our perceptions allow people to access the help they need and get the support they need from those around them. I would love people to see that this is a wider issue than just the government providing more resources. It is an issue our society needs to take on and change together.