Vibe, 2004-2006

In Aotearoa New Zealand, I co-facilitated a group of young adults using mental health services as they/we moved from being a ‘peer-support group’ to an ‘action network’. Under the umbrella of a national anti-discrimination campaign, we co-produced our own unique resources for youth mental health services, research to inform policy, workshops for youth mental health workers, and artworks for community engagement such as a television documentary, radio shows, and a controversial public mural that is now part of Auckland University’s art collection. These projects included both critical attention to the role of medicalisation and/or colonisation in diagnoses, treatments, and distress, and suggestions for how we might do madness differently.