In 2015, Thrive started a new project called The Like Minds, Like Mine Rangatahi Tuatahi social change kaupapa. The project aims to increase social inclusion and reduce stigma and discrimination (including anticipated discrimination) towards tangata whaiora aged 17 to 24 (rangatahi whaiora).
Reducing stigma involves addressing people’s knowledge; ignorance or misinformation, people’s problems of attitudes; prejudice, and people’s problems of behaviour; discrimination. Stigma reduces people’s access to employment, health services and in participating socially.
– One in five New Zealanders will experience mental illness this year.
– Mental illness and mental distress is common and can happen to anyone. Around half of us will experience mental illness at some time over our lives.
– Most people recover from mental illness.
We’re proud as New Zealanders to have embraced difference in so many ways. However, some people face exclusion every day because they have experienced mental illness. Step Forward is part of the Like Minds, Like Mine programme which seeks to create a socially inclusive New Zealand free from discrimination.
The Like Minds, Like Mine rangatahi tuatahi social change kaupapa seeks to reduce stigma and discrimination of tangata whaiora (people with lived experience) aged 17 to 24 years. The kaupapa is a Tamaki Makaurau wide project that aims to gain cross-community support through shared co-ordinated activities, shared policy developments and sustainable, collaborative and connected processes and systems.
Reducing stigma involves addressing people’s knowledge; ignorance or misinformation, people’s problems of attitudes; prejudice, and people’s problems of behaviour; discrimination. Stigma reduces people’s access to employment, health services and in participating fully.
The rangatahi tuatahi kaupapa is situated to create change by working with rangatahi whaiora and to increase social inclusion through the transference of information, the increase in matauranga and through the process of kanohi ki te kanohi. Rangatahi tuatahi encapsulates 3 connected strands or initiatives. The projects recognise the importance of tikanga Maori in increasing social inclusion of tangata whaiora. Rangatahi Tuatahi involves 3 project areas:
1. Nga huarahi matauranga information and education pathways
2. Rangatahi tuatahi action group reference and consumer group
3. Taumata o nga Marae to work with Marae to adopt policies to build and support the active inclusion of rangatahi whaiora.
If you would like to know more about Like Minds, Like Mine rangatahi tuatahi, contact Denise Takinui, Kaiwhakahaere.