Mental Health and Human Rights Exhibition opening date set
August 21, 2014
The CCHR NZ Mental Health and Human Rights Exhibition opening date has been set and it is no coincidence that the event will coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week with the official opening of the event scheduled for 7pm on 6 October.
"In fact it is what it's all about." Says CCHR NZ Executive Director Steve Green who heads up a team of hard working and passionate volunteers determined to bring the exhibition to the people of New Zealand.
"With many thousands of supporters worldwide seeking to bring attention to Mental Health and its major health effects on people's lives during Mental Health week and in particular Mental Health Day on 10 October, we know the exhibition will be an eye opening, if not shocking surprise to many. This really won't be a nice thing to look at but then sufferers rarely say they enjoy their illnesses."
He believes education, family and wider community support is key to understanding and helping those with mental health issues, but there is another more darker side to psychiatry that should be seen as well.
"We bring another viewpoint to Mental Health and psychiatry that every person should be made aware of". He says. "There's also a huge range of alternatives before a person reaches for the drugs and starts down the slippery slope into institutionalisation."
"For example, many people would not understand the high level of damage caused to a persons wellbeing from the taking of highly potent anti-depressants. Research shows that even a small dosage can have a huge effect on someone, not to mention the withdrawl effects being listed as one of the worst types of pain a person can suffer.
There is also the problem of systemic abuse which is carried out in institutions under the guise of 'help'. In fact, if more people knew about this, and put their strength behind the cause then we wouldn't be needing to have this exhibition".
That the United Nations recognises this matter and has issued a directive to the Government to form a reporting committee is very important.
"Basic Human Rights have been stripped away from many of those who find themselves in the system. People struggle to recover from the long lasting effects of the treatments that are meant to help them. Some also suffer horrific abuse at the hands of those meant to look after them and tragically others don't live to tell the story. That the UN recognises this and has installed a team of people to make unannounced visits to institutions to check the facilities is a huge win".
"People go to a Practitioner to be healed of their mental illness. We understand that. But that many aren't actually recovering is a statistic worth noting. Often times we hear stories from people saying it was hands down the 'worst experience of their lives' and that if they'd just reached out and talked to their families or support network sooner then they would have recovered quicker." He says.
"It is my hope that as many people flow through the month long exhibition and come to the seminars we will have during Mental Health awareness week. We have a number of key practitioners willing to talk on the subject and welcome everyone to come along."
What: Human Rights and Mental Health exhibition by CCHR NZ