Like Minds Like Mine
The Pacific Like Minds Like Mine programme is aimed at removing discrimination and de-stigmatisation of negative and destructive behaviours and attitudes toward people who have experienced mental illness. As part of a national programme coordinated by the MOH, Vaka Tautua runs workshops and training presentations to church groups, community organisations, employers, government agencies and health practitioners who work with Pacific people to raise awareness of behaviours that lead to discrimination.
Aims of service:
• Raise awareness of behaviours that lead to discrimination
• Reach Pacific people through different channels (via different languages, media, information packs and presentations to local communities, service providers/ agencies and government forums)
• Vanquish certain Pacific belief systems that associate mental illness with curse and sin that in turn cause isolation and segregation
• Remove discrimination and de-stigmatisation of negative and destructive behaviours and attitudes toward people who experience mental illness
Team: Like Minds Like Mine Project Coordinators
Our Like Minds Like Mine team (which includes peer staff members) have experience with people who have experienced a mental illness and deliver a programme which challenges participants at workshops to consider their attitudes and cultural beliefs to reduce discrimination. The team has initiated and developed relationships with other community, Government and health providers and has forged strong links with other Pacific LMLM providers.
Access this service:
Any groups working with Pacific people can request presentations and/or workshops from the Vaka Tautua team.