Last year, along with psychotherapist Kyle MacDonald and comedian and mental health advocate Mike King, we launched the People’s Mental Health Review, where we invited anyone involved with mental health in New Zealand - from mental health professionals to those with either personal or family experience of the system - to tell their story.
We believe human stories personalise the problems within the mental health system by making it about people, not numbers on a spreadsheet. Stories galvanise popular support and when done right, can push Government to take notice, and action. Stories create empathy, and empathy drives change.
We received more than 700 stories. All very powerful alone, and together even more so.
Over the past six weeks, Marianne and a crew of awesome volunteers have been going through all of the stories, pulling out key themes and findings to create a people-powered report into the state of the public mental health system.
On April 20th, we’ll release our report to the world, and deliver it to decision makers, along with a few key policy recommendations for Government based on your submissions and expert input.
It is our hope that through the sum of these actions, and the sum of your stories, together we can achieve a public mental health system we can all be proud of.
We want to hire a designer to ensure the report is beautiful and has maximum impact, and we also want to build a custom website to share these stories online to ensure our report gets traction. Will you please chip in to help us cover costs?
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Since launching in 2014, we have also received some money from charitable trusts and foundations. The bulk of our start up funding came from Global Green Grants.
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