“There is nothing to be ashamed about when it comes to suffering from depression or other mental health issues,” is the message that Erin Lawson wants to reach across the community.
This week has been tough for local community, especially Waiuku, with the news breaking that another youth has died under ‘tragic circumstances.’
“You know, we all sit there and say we want to do something to help prevent it, but nothing gets done. Well, this is different. There is a group of us who are actively trying to make a difference,” said Erin.
After posting on social media about encouraging the community to talk about mental health, and making the ‘dirty secret’ a public topic, Erin said she was blown away by the response she received.
The Waiuku resident has arranged for internationally recognised New Zealand comedy icon and mental health educator, Mike King, to speak to the community. Relating to his own battles, Mike’s aim is to reverse the population trends of depression and suicide by effecting a positive social change. He follows the motto— ‘forever change the way people feel, think, talk and behave in relation to mental health.’
“Mike has volunteered his time to come and talk to us, to educate us about mental health, about care and suicide, and help remove the stigma surrounding it. This meeting won’t fix it straight away, but is just the beginning of our journey.”
The public meeting will be held at the Waiuku College Hall, on Thursday 16 February 2017, from 6pm.