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Ana Jakeman has seen and heard things other people can’t for as long as she can remember.

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When Ana experienced mental illness, most of her friends rejected her.

“Seeing and hearing things comes with a shame attached to it, and although the psychiatric ward was a haven for me at the time, it was a scary place to some people – it was called the looney bin.”

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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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Daniel wasn't sure about telling his mates that he had depression

He was worried that they wouldn’t understand, or that they’d lose respect for him. Watch the video to find out what happened…

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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!