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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

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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?