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A recent Radio New Zealand programme caught our interest. We often get asked by our clients what to say. ‘Should I tell or not”. The postcast of the interview is very helpful.

Ideas for 23 September – Mental Illness in the Workplace, (MP3, 24.3MB).
For years, the stereotypical impression of someone with mental illness was that they were dangerous and had the potential to cause damage to themselves and others. The Ministry of Health campaigns, Like Minds Like Mine, have sought to change these attitudes, hoping to lessen public fear around people with experience of serious mental illness. Now the focus has turned towards recovery and for many people with mental illness this means the possibility of employment.

But the question of how to support the contribution of people with mental illness in the workplace is a pithy one. A recent Mental Health Foundation study, ‘I Haven’t Told Them, They Haven’t Asked’, (4.7MB, PDF), reveals that including people with experience of mental illness in the workplace is challenging for all involved. In Ideas this week, we explore the practical and inspirational aspects of mental illness in the workplace.

Most of the participants reported that employment was a positive experience for them. It provided financial and social benefits, and a focus in their lives. The negative aspects they reported, apart from discrimination, were similar to those of most people’s working lives. Mental illness affected the confidence of participants when applying for jobs, but the main effect was on people’s concentration in their day-to-day work. Most participants had become unwell at some stage while in employment, and many had left their jobs because of this. Some had been unable to negotiate accommodations with their employer. One person was dismissed from her job because of her mental illness. Others returned to work successfully.

Article in The Press 18 September 2007.
A study into the best treatment for both alcohol dependence and depression – thought to be a world first – will get underway in New Zealand this month.

Funded by the Health Council over 3.5 years, the research is being led by the National Addiction Centre at Otago University, Christchurch, and will be launched in Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch and Dunedin.

Great to have this investigation on the how alcohol dependence and depression are related and work out ways to treat them simultaneously.

The NZ Listner has as their cover feature this week an article about Denise L’Estrange-Corbet of fashion label World. It says ‘(She) has always lived with depression. The demons, she says, will never go away, but she knows how to deal with them now’.
Makes sense to me. Lets keep talking about depression and in this way reduce the shame and stigma attached to it.

Depression Support Network runs a great education course teaching about depression and the recovery from depression. The course is being led by our educator Gill Cooper. The next course starts on October 1, 2007 and runs for three Monday nights. The sessions are being held on the fourth floor Securities House, from 6.30-8.30pm.

Dates: 1, 8, 15 October. 2007

Venue: 4th floor, Securities House, 221 Gloucester Street, Christchurch

Contact us if you want to enrol or get more information.

Alternative Treatments for Depression

Michael Woods, Naturopath, spoke to 55 people last night about alternatives in the treatment of depression. Michael practices Naturopathic medicine, a comprehensive versatile and safe method of treating isease which focuses on the causes not the symptoms. Nathuropathy uses a combination of herbal and nutritional medicines, as well as dietary and lifestyle changes and most importantly, a strong emphasis on education and empowerment.

Michael works from the Herb Centre, 223 Kilmore Street, Christchurch. Phone 03-365 3011

September 2007