Nōku te Ao: Like Minds Social Movement 

Upholding the dignity and mana of people with mental distress
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Kia ora, talofa and si’oto’ofa!

We’re building a social movement to end judgement and discrimination against people who live with mental illness or distress, and we need your wisdom, insights and experience to bring it to life!

If you’ve ever felt judged for living with mental distress or illness, you’ll know that judgements from others can be more than just hurtful—they’re harmful too. Even though 47% of people in Aotearoa will experience mental distress or illness at some stage in their lives, mental distress discrimination still occurs. This discrimination can affect access to employment, housing, healthcare and insurance. Discrimination is one of the biggest barriers to recovery and, tragically, can discourage people from seeking support when they need it the most.

The Nōku te Ao: Like Minds Social Movement will work to turn this around and make Aotearoa a place where people who experience mental illness or distress are respected, included, valued, and treated with dignity.

If you have lived experience of mental illness or distress, we’d love to learn from you. Together, we can make meaningful, lasting change.

Kōrerotia! Speak up for your past, for your future and for your whānau. 

How can I get involved?

Can’t attend a hui, or don’t feel comfortable attending one? No sweat.  

You can also share your lived experience wisdom by taking our online survey below. 

There are other ways you can get involved in the Nōku te Ao: Like Minds programme that don’t speak to your own experience. 

Join our mailing list to be kept up to date with all our latest news! To do this, simply drop your email address in the link below. We promise we won’t spam you. 

 Or, if you'd prefer to alert a community of like-minded people to judgements or discrimination you see in the media, we have a Media Watch page designed specifically for that!

Head to Nōku te Ao: Like Minds MediaWatch on Facebook to report a news story or article you feel contributes to unhelpful stereotypes about people with mental distress. Our media guidelines and media factsheets can help you spot some of these articles, too.  

We always love questions! If you have pātai about the Nōku te Ao: Like Minds programme or the growing Social Movement, email us at socialmovement@mentalhealth.org.nz 

We’re on a mission to make Aotearoa a more inclusive, safe, and uplifting community for all. It will take a village! So, join us and share your kōrero to help make change for the better!  

You can learn more about the Nōku te Ao: Like Minds programme we are a part of here

' Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi. With your food basket and my food basket, the people will thrive. '

' Ikai ha to’a te tu’u tokotoha. No warrior stands alone. '

Mental Health Foundation