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From the Darkness into the Light

by Darcey Jane

Speech for the Like Minds, Like Mine Seminar May 3, 2013

I am excited to be standing up here in front of all of you today. It is a real privilege. Thank you for this opportunity.

I have been with the Like Minds, Like Mine programme for nine years so far. Sometimes I think that is too long and I should move on to something else, something new to challenge me. I worry that I may be too stagnant where I am. Sometimes I look at other jobs out there, I have even gone so far as to apply and been interviewed. But I am still here. Why? Well, I was recently elected as Chair of the Like Minds national reference group for one thing. That brings with it a fresh challenge, what does Chair do? How do we make best use of the reference group for the programme?

Everything comes back to meaning and purpose. It took me a long time to get here, and to realise that here is more than just a job that pays the bills. Here gives me meaning and helps define not only what I do, but who I am. But who am I? Let me tell you a story. Continue reading From the Darkness into the Light


Connecting through the mutuality of madness

First Impressions of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) 2013 by Darcey Jane

First, I’d like to thank the people who made my participation in this amazing experience possible. All the other people with lived experience without whom none of this would be happening; my manager, Marge Jackson, who encouraged me to attend; Te Pou for awarding me a scholarship to fund my attendance, and the people on my exchange, my peers, who made it such an inspiring and enriching experience.

It was a privilege taking part in the 2013 IIMHL in Wellington and Auckland, March 4–8. The conference consists of two parts: a two-day exchange with others involved in the mental health system, and a two-day networking conference. Despite living and working in Wellington, I chose to take part in the peer support and consumer leadership exchange hosted by Mary O’Hagan, Gary Platz, and Shaun McNeil (in Wellington) as this is my area of interest and expertise. My peers on the exchange were Jenny Speed (Queensland, Australia), Noel Muller (Queensland, Australia), Carla Harmer (Ontario, Canada), Gayle Brislane (Christchurch, NZ), Holly Kotlowski (Christchurch, NZ), Vicki Burnett (Auckland, NZ), Treena Martin (Wellington, NZ), Shaun McNeil (Wellington, NZ), Claire Moore (Auckland, NZ), Mary O’Hagan (Wellington, NZ), Arana Pearson (Wellington, NZ), Gary Platz (Wellington, NZ), Amanda Reid (Wellington, NZ), Johnny Siaosi (Auckland, NZ), and Dan Fisher (Massachusetts, USA).Wellink exchange, IIMHL 2013

In preparation for this conference Continue reading Connecting through the mutuality of madness

Conversation about Diagnoses: Help or Hindrance?

By Eileen McAtee
July 16th, 2012, Wellington.

The recent diagnosis forum facilitated dialogue between people who have received psychiatric diagnoses, scientists, clinicians and lawyers. The forum was the vision of  Robert Miller. Robert is a neuroscientist diagnosed with schizophrenia.  Kites Trust supported the organisational aspects  of the forum.

Happy participants

The dialogue between the diverse groups was unique for New Zealand (and internationally according to Professor Allen Frances) and showed that the mental health sector can have challenging conversations and respect views different to our own. Continue reading Conversation about Diagnoses: Help or Hindrance?