The breaking down barriers about mental illness is the focus of a series of presentations at St Mary’s Cathedral next Monday.
Like Minds Taranaki manager Gordon Hudson said regular events such as these were beginning to have a positive impact in the community.
“Men have especially looked up to national figures such as (former All Black) John Kirwan and others that have experienced mental illness because it makes it seem like it is more natural and part of life,” Mr Hudson said.
This presentation is being held in conjunction with the Taranaki District Health Board’s mental health and addiction services division which was also reaching out to the community to help it learn about mental illness.
Mr Hudson said one of the biggest barriers to recovery for people who had suffered mental illness was discrimination.
“That is why stopping discrimination and championing respect, right and equality for people with mental illness is just as important as providing the best treatments and therapies.”
Better understanding of the issues was also important for better outcomes,
“We want to get it out there, education is the key to everything and this is a very much educational based presentation,” Mr Hudson said.
The presentation begins at 5.30pm, Monday May 28 in the Hathaway Lounge at St Mary’s Cathedral.