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Do we discriminate against mental illness?

Last updated 15:16 09/09/2016
Dr Sarah Gordon advocates for people with mental illness.
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Dr Sarah Gordon advocates for people with mental illness.

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We want to open up discussion about mental illness in New Zealand.

Sarah Gordon, who has been living with serious mental illness since she was 17, says the biggest barrier to recovery is discrimination.

"If we treated any other group experiencing an equivalent type of distress and vulnerability [in this way] we'd be horrified," Gordon said.

Have you or someone you know lived with mental illness? Tell us your experiences and views on attitudes towards mental health in our country.

Do you think mental illness discrimination exists? How has it affected you?

What myths and stereotypes about mental illness do you think create discrimination?

What needs to happen to change things?

Hit the green button below to share your story and help open a dialogue on an issue affecting many Kiwis.


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