MENTAL is a growing collection of human stories that explore experiences and aspects of mental wellbeing in Aotearoa.
Each story has been written by a New Zealander and shared with MENTAL. Every week or so we'll upload another series of stories and add to the collection.
Anyone from New Zealand can contribute a story at any time.
The vision for MENTAL is to offer a space for individuals to voice their experiences of the realities of mental health in their own words. Through the preservation, documentation, and sharing of these stories, MENTAL hopes to help reframe perceptions of mental health in Aotearoa. Contributions emphasise the importance of supporting individuals, friends, whānau and communities who have experienced, or know someone experiencing mental illness.
Everyone’s story matters.
MENTAL strives to be inclusive of everyone, and collect contributions from all ages, genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations and life experiences. These words may encourage a dialogue with the general public, and perhaps leave readers with a better understanding of what it means to experience mental illness.