A Flood of Mail Reveals Secret Toll of Depression

A Brisbane-based filmmaker who is releasing a reality docuseries about his struggles with depression and the challenges of caring for his mother, who has paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, has been astonished by the heart-wrenching messages he’s received from viewers confessing – for the first time – the depths of their own depression and mental health struggles.

The Big reTHiNK

Two Kiwis Attempt a World First: The Revolution is Here! As part of the Like Minds, Like Mine Campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illness, two kiwi mental-health promoters are attempting to bring attitude change to the public on a global scale. The call for creative works with mind-altering themes went out around the world in March and people from across the globe have answered in their droves. Final scripts have now been selected for The Like Minds Big reTHiNK and the production phase is now underway.

Italian Mental Health Reformist Visits NZ

Professor Roberto Mezzina leads the radical mental health services in Trieste, Italy. THis service has just been designated a centre for training and research in mental health by the World Health Organisation.
Services in Trieste rely far less on expensive acute beds, rarely treat people forcibly, do not use ECT, or restraint practices such as seclusion. The service is available to the population of Trieste 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. A report commissioned by the NZ based ARC Group suggests that as well as improving services, adopting some of the practices used in Trieste over the last 30 years, could carve off $100 million from the national mental health bill.