In this piece for Vice, Tess McClure describes New Zealand’s Mad Pride movement, a movement that seeks to destigmatize, normalize, and celebrate experiences of voice-hearing and other mental health challenges.
“Ultimately, the conversation needs to change, Arana says. It’s time to move past just attempting to reduce stigma, and start actually embracing the experiences of people with different mental health conditions.
‘Let’s find out the value of this experience and let’s have this identity that includes this part of me, don’t keep it aside. It’s not an illness, it’s not something to be ashamed of,’ he says.”