Required Activity 1:
Start Conversations for Change with this activity. You will brainstorm a group agreement and a list of places young people can go for help. Then an activity encourages participants to put themselves in another’s shoes to consider what mental illness/distress is, and how our experiences and background influence the way we see it.
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Links to studies, articles, evidence and further information to support the information contained in this activity can be found below:
- Like Minds, Like Mine National programme to counter stigma and discrimination related to mental distress.
- Mental Health Foundation of NZ Great site for a range of mental health and wellbeing information
- Online learning module: Stigma and discrimination Te Pou Online learning on stigma and discrimination
- Language matters in mental health
- Mind your language – words and phrases to use instead (US site)
- What mental illness is: What is mental illness? (Stanford university document)
- The bio-psycho-social model
- Discussion of inherited conditions or trauma (nature vs nurture)
- Mental illness and trauma
- Viewing mental illness as a spiritual condition
- An opinion article: Differing world views, and seeing depression as a spiritual crisis
- Four Maori korero about their experience of mental illness
- Viewing mental illness as a label
- Serotonin and Depression – A disconnect between advertisements and scientific literature.
- Critique of biological model:
- Nuances, narratives and the “chemical imbalance” debate