Dec 9, 2017
This week on MIA Radio, we
interview Chris Hansen. Chris started working in New Zealand as an
activist after a psychiatric hospitalization 20 years
She has provided advice and media
comment locally, regionally and nationally, including work with the
New Zealand Mental Health Commission and Ministry of
She was a member of the New
Zealand delegation to the United Nations for the development of the
Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, as well as
working as a board member for the World Network of Users and
Survivors of Psychiatry.
For the past 12 years, she has
worked with Shery Mead developing Intentional Peer Support and is
currently in the role of director.
In this interview, we talk about
Chris’s personal experiences of the mental health system and how
Intentional Peer Support approaches contrast with mainstream
In the episode we
- How Chris was working in the
mental health system, before herself experiencing a psychiatric
- How she experienced personal
loss during the time that she was hospitalized.
- How Chris found that her
experiences led to a realisation that she didn't want to work on
the medical side of the mental health system and instead focussed
her efforts on peer support.
- That Chris’s experiences led to
her becoming an activist, working locally, regionally and
nationally in advisory and contract positions, including the NZ
Mental Health Commission and Ministry of Health.
- That peer support gave Chris the
hope, the inspiration and the desire to recover from her traumatic
experiences of forced hospitalization and treatment with
- How involvement with advocacy
for the abolishment of forced treatment led Chris to work with the
United Nations for the development of the Convention for the Rights
of Persons with Disabilities, as well as working as a board member
for the World Network of Users and Survivors of
- How Intentional Peer Support
works to makes connections with and support those who struggle with
their mental health.
- How IPS supports and trains a
wide range of organisations such as the mental health services, the
police and people in the disability sector amongst
- How peer support distinguishes
itself from mainstream psychiatric or psychological
- That learning to reconnect with
people is vitally important in recovery.
Intentional Peer Support, a personal perspective by Shery
Intentional Peer Support: Creating Relationships, Creating
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