A friend suggested I talk to the CEO of Changing Minds – and I was up for that. I like conversations, I want to learn about people and share stories. I didn’t even know what Changing Minds was. But that was easy to find out about.
Changing Minds is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to support people who access mental health and addiction services through information, education and resources, and by providing a platform for people to have their voices heard. They advocate, they listen, they access, they help in making choices. Their aim and commitment is to lead brave conversations about mental health and addiction in Aotearoa.
And who better to speak to than the organisation’s CEO, Taimi Allan.
She talked through her lived experience, her several years with many diagnoses and a growing collection of medications – her time in Australia as an artist, an actor, a creative…
Her journey into working in mental health began with her own mental health. And she talked me through her history. And then through the aims and ambitions of Changing Minds.
It was a wonderful, wide-ranging conversation. We talked about finding support for loved ones, friends, family. We talked about the good and bad sides of Facebook and social media. We talked addiction. We talked depression. We talked judgment. And the case of ‘timing’, of appropriate online comments and trigger warnings.
It was my great pleasure to have this conversation and I hope it is of value to you and to people you know. Please take a listen, share it about and check out Changing Minds and share the good work they’re doing.
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