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When Daniel realised he had depression he was worried his mates would lose respect for him, but when he opened up that wasn’t the case…

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Hannah's friends and flatmates show they care in simple ways that make a difference

"I decided - this is who I am and it sucks if someone decides that is a bad thing.”

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Learn more about mental illness discrimination

What is mental illness discrimination and why does it happen?

What is mental illness discrimination and why does it happen?

Mental illness discrimination is when someone is treated badly by others because they have experience of mental illness.

What mental illness discrimination looks like and why it matters

What mental illness discrimination looks like and why it matters

One in five New Zealanders experience a mental illness each year. Anyone can experience a mental illness - you, your brother, mother, best friend or your boss.

Need help?

Need help?

In New Zealand it is unlawful to discriminate against someone because of mental illness or distress.

What can I do to end mental illness discrimination?

What can I do to end mental illness discrimination?

Do you know half of people hide their experience of mental illness from their family, friends and loved ones? What would you do if someone shared their experience of mental distress with you?

The power of words

The power of words

Words can help, but they can also hurt. The way we speak can affect the way other people think, speak and behave.

How much do you know about mental illness?

How much do you know about mental illness?

Test your knowledge of mental illness with these six true or false questions!