Skills & Services
Knowledgeable about mental distress and addiction issues
Basic knowldge of Te reo and Māoritanga.
Registered Psychologist – Talent support – Before, during and after filming about mental distress/and or addiction.
In my 18 year part-time role as NZ Liaison for The International Initiative for Mental Health leadership I aimed to work for a more informed public on all health issues; and, better client/consumer outcomes, and more inclusive and creative communities for people with health, mental health, addiction and/or disability problems across all countries and communities with a focus on Māori (and other indigenous peoples), Pasifika peoples and across the lifespan.
I have worked with advertising agencies hired by both the Ministry of Health and Te Hiringa Hauora/the Health Promotion Agency, to select and support people for mental health related TV advertising and website development for the National Depression Initiative (NDI), The Lowdown (for young people); and for the Like Minds anti-stigma campaign for over 25 years.
I have worked with John Kirwan over many years.
On one big shoot, every person involved came up to me to quietly disclose their own experience of mental distress (or that of their whanau/friends).
2021 Member of the NZ Order of Merit for Services to Mental Health in the Queen’s Birthday honours.
2015 THEMHS Exceptional Contribution Award. “This award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to mental health service delivery and acknowledges a remarkable accomplishment in the unfolding story of mental health service delivery in Australia and New Zealand”.
2012 New Zealand Psychological Society Public Interest Award: “For valuable contributions to psychology in the service of the public”. This was for my involvement over 13 years in the Like Minds Like Mine national public health programme to counter stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness.
Kevin Denholm: Director of Exposure International Ph 021556611 (Kevin directed most of the mental health/addiction TVCs and videos for websites over 30 years.)
Fran Silvestri: Ex-President & CEO of The International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership Ph. US +1 603 852 6579.