Authors: Rob Warriner, New Zealand
Event: 2008 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Culture of Recovery, CONSUMER ROLES, ADVOCACY
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The emerging role of the consumer movement in shaping the reform of mental health services in New Zealand since the mid 1980s and in particular in the last 5-10 years, has been considerable. The following suggests that challenges now face a consumer movement born out of institutional oppression, as the successful evolution of community-based service delivery increasingly becomes a reality – changing not just the location, but the culture, understandings, expectations and exclusivity of mental health services. The experience of being a “consumer” of mental health services now takes place not so much at the extremities of social life following acute rejection, but within communities that are increasingly diverse, complex, reflective - and often unsure and contradictory.