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Take It From Us: Challenging Schizophrenia Myths | 11 March 2014

This week on Take It From Us the crew is promoting Schizophrenia Awareness Week (9-15 March 2014). Schizophrenia is potentially the mental illness diagnosis that holds the most stigma. The goal of Schizophrenia Awareness Week is to raise awareness, and to challenge the outdated myths around this condition. Join Take It From Us with guests Claire Cox of Supporting Families in Mental Illness and Philippa Coyle, Mind & Body Consultants on Tuesday the 11th of March 2014.

Listen live on 104.6FM at 12.30pm or online www.planetaudio.org.nz

OR if you missed the broadcast, listen for the next seven days @: www.planetaudio.org.nz/takeitfromus

And don’t forget the Take it From Us Facebook page @ Facebook.com and type ‘take it from us’ in the search box; email takeitfromus@mail.com for any feedback and comment/suggestions for shows.

Like Minds Newsletter for December 2013 is Online Now

The latest issue of the Like Minds Newsletter is available online now.

Inside Issue 54, December 2013: 

  • International anti-stigma campaigns and the Global Alliance Against Stigma meeting.
  • The winner of the reTHiNK Schizophrenia competition, James Allan and his winning billboard design.
  • Sonia Gray on why she decided to speak out about the discrimination she faced when applying for life insurance.
  • Lance Elliott has lived with schizophrenia for more than 20 years. He hopes to inspire other people with lived experience by sharing some of his story.
  • Natalie Roche, author of The Grand Optimist, explains her triumph over a series of traumatic life events.
  • Richard Towgood on how a bit of cheeky initiative and confidence allowed him to land a job.
  • The inaugural Mental Blocks grant recipients and their projects.

reTHiNK Billboard Competition to Debunk Schizophrenia Myths

Do you know of some creative people that might like to help bust the myths around the experience of schizophrenia by creating an image that captures commuters attention? 

Full details of the competition can be found here.

The Like Minds team at Mind and Body Consultants are particularly interested in addressing  misinformation that links schizophrenia with violence or “multiple personalities” however any image that would get people to reTHiNK their attitude would be welcome.

At this stage they are just looking for EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST before the 12th of August to create an image, (not the image/idea itself). Proposed images can be in any form or media, e.g. photography, drawing, animation etc.

Expressions of interest can be sent to likeminds@mindandbody.co.nz


Shine A Light: New online resource

Shine A Light On Depression – marie claire magazine Australia

To help end the stigma surrounding depression and mental illness, marie claire brings you Shine A Light, an online forum where we can come together to show our support for sufferers of depression everywhere.

When you visit the site you’ll find a bunch of lights circling your screen: click on one and you’ll be able to read someone’s message of hope, happiness, freedom or love. If you’ve got a bit to share around yourself, you can add your own message to the mix for others to read later.

A great initiative to get women talking about their experiences and feeling okay about asking for help!