Mental Health & Addiction Panels: Stepping out of the Shadows

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As part of the 'Stepping Out of the Shadows' campaign, we are asking you to add your name to the growing list of people who firmly believe that those with 'lived experience' of Mental Health & Addiction, be included in all decision making with regards to policy, treatment and care.

TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE: THIS PETITION MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE NZ GOVERNMENT BY 31st OCTOBER 2018

There are many professionals and academics dedicated to the treatment and prevention of MH&A and work tirelessly on our behalf. However, all too much is lost in translation and communication between those in the profession and those who are living the experience 24/7. We are sometimes asked for our opinion on a matter but rarely are we active members of the decision-making process which significantly affects our lives and well being.

We want to be pro-active in our own destiny; it is vital to our well-being.

We feel we are as much of an expert on our needs, as any professional is and that our knowledge and insight is invaluable. However, for far too long we have been ignored and frozen out of the decision-making process which, in our observations and experience, is counterproductive to the well-being of 100's of thousands. There is little or no trust in the system any longer, causing the mental health of many to deteriorate. Confidence needs to be restored to the people. We also need to feel included and that our voice matters.

Therefore, in the interest of Equality & Diversity and transparency, we are proposing that a nationwide network of panels be set up. Each panel to be made up solely of people with lived experience of Mental Health & Addiction. The purpose of the panels will be to:

  • Scrutinise and approve current policies and make recommendations for any changes deemed to be necessary for the best interest of consumers.
  • Scrutinise and approve any proposed policies and make recommendations for modifications considered essential for the best interest of consumers.
  • Be consulted by Professionals and Service Providers as to 'best practices' in the interest of consumers.

TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE: THIS PETITION MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE NZ GOVERNMENT BY 31st OCTOBER 2018

If you feel strongly about the above issues, become part of the solution and sign our petition.

If you have family members and friends who also have an interest in making effective changes, please ask them to sign it too.

Also, please help spread the word in NZ by posting this petition onto your social media channels. 

For more information on 'Stepping out of the Shadows' visit www.steppingoutoftheshadows.org

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This is for the people, by the people. We really need your help.

 



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