Mental Health Complaints Commissioner

Celebrating International Day of People with Disability

8 December 2015

On 3 December 2015, we partnered with the Disability Services Commissioner to celebrate International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD).

IDPwD aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.

Commissioner Lynne Coulson Barr spoke about the MHCC’s role in resolving complaints and highlighted the release of our new publications, Spotlight on Safeguarding Rights and Spotlight on Mental Health Complaints.

We held a screening of two powerful short films, Madness Made Me and Defiant Lives, and showcased the artwork of artist Chris O’Brien.

Madness Made Me is a short documentary about the experiences of New Zealand’s former Mental Health Commissioner and advisor to the UN, Mary O’Hagan.

She gives compelling insights into her disempowering treatment in the 1980s, and her journey since.

After the screening, we invited attendees to share their thoughts on how people can be empowered and supported in their recovery.

Watch Madness Made Me and visit us on Facebook to see what they said.

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Madness Made Me