Frequently Asked Questions about the People’s Mental Health Review

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ActionStation recently launched the People’s Mental Health Review in partnership with psychotherapist Kyle MacDonald and comedian-turned-mental-health-advocate Mike King.

Over the next 3 months, and in the lead up to Mental Health Awareness Week in October we are inviting New Zealanders to share your experience of the public mental health system.

Why? Because the Government have rejected repeated calls for a review, so we, the people, are conducting our own in the hopes it’ll push Ministers into action.

Here are some frequently asked questions about the project:

Who is behind the People’s Review?

The campaign is a joint venture between Mike King, Kyle MacDonald and ActionStation. If you are interested in adding your support please get in touch with us on

What sort of stories are you looking for?

All kinds! We would like to hear all your stories and experiences of the public mental health system — good, bad and everything in between. We’ve received stories from people who have anxiety, depression, OCD, 
PTSD, body dysmorphia, bipolar, schizophrenia, post-natal depression, eating disorders and more.

Who is funding this?

This is a people-powered campaign, and is completely independent. It has received no funding from any source. If you would like to donate to help us cover our costs, you can make a bank transfer to:

ActionStation Aotearoa 
Kiwibank: 38–9012–0571645–00

Please use the code: PMHR as the reference so we know where to direct your donation.

What happens to my story if I share it?

The stories you share with us will be moderated and then published as part of the review process. We will begin publishing a selection of the submissions we receive online, the week of Mental Health Awareness week (beginning October 10th). Your submission may also form part of a full report compiled for presentation to the Government.

The stories will be published at

You ask for my email, is my submission really anonymous?

We require an email and name for all submissions so we can contact you later if needed. If you select anonymous for your story then your details will never be published with your story.

Is my information stored securely?

We are using Typeform to collect your stories. We have made sure that Typeform take the security and privacy of data very seriously.

If you would like to read their Terms of Service, Privacy, and Cookie Policies, please go here.

What happens if I name individuals in my story?

The purpose of this campaign is not to target individual people who work in the public mental health sector, this is about what can be done at a policy and systems level to ensure people are getting access to the care they need. We reserve the right to redact sensitive information.

What happens if I change my mind?

Feel free to email: and we can arrange to change or delete your story.

How can I get updates about the campaign?

We will email you with updates, and you can also follow us on Facebook.

If your question hasn’t been answered here, please get in touch with us on

If you or someone you know needs help, please get in touch with one of the services available below:

Lifeline: 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)

• Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)

Youthline: 0800 376 633

Kidsline: 0800 543 754 (available 24/7)

Whatsup: 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)

Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 (available 24/7)

Rainbow Youth: (09) 376 4155

Samaritans: 0800 726 666

  • If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111