Rākau Roroa (Tall Trees) is a national lived experience leaders’ programme under the banner of Like Minds, Like Mine and the National Depression Initiative (NDI).
Through training and on-going support, Rākau Roroa will create and maintain a network of recognised leaders or, Tall Trees, who have personal lived experience of mental distress and recovery and are confident to publicly champion positive messages around the value of these experiences. These Tall Trees will;
- Be equipped with the tools, skills and messages required to challenge discrimination and social exclusion and encourage help seeking and inclusive behaviours.
- Apply their learning to the communities they already have influence in (industry/workplace/culture etc.)
- Have public respect by being credible, authentic and honest about their mental health struggles and strengths.
- Confidently look for opportunities to disclose their lived experience in a way that challenges myths and stereotypes.
- Walk the talk as a competent, capable and professional community leader who is open about their lived experience of mental distress.
We are particularly interested in hearing from people with lived experience of mental distress who are connected to Māori, Pasifika, young people (under 25 years of age), have had experience of serious/profound mental distress and recovery or are connected to other communities like the LBGTTQI+, new mothers, older people, men or rural. We will be prioritising specific groups as these are central to the Like Minds, Like Mine and NDI programmes.
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