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In 2018 Action Education was successful in it's application to the Mental Health Foundation and the Like Minds, Like Mine project to produce a series of web videos by and for young people on the topic of mental health.
The campaign, Busting Myths, reached over 295,000 people in New Zealand and the videos were shared over 1,200 times.
Content was written and performed by young people about their own experiences from what it means to be a man, cultural identity, childhood traumas, anxiety, Māori displacement, school pressures and more.
A huge mihi to the Mental Health Foundation and the Like Minds, Like Mine project for supporting this kaupapa and allowing these young poets to share their truth so that others experiencing similar challenges know they aren't alone, and are able to learn about resources they can access if they need help.
“Little red monster found home in my cranium, seems to be renting a space in my amygdala – I’m pretty sure his prior residence used to be under my bed.”
Sometimes our thoughts can get on top of us. If your thoughts are worrying you, please reach out and talk to someone: You are not alone. Reach out to friends, whānau or a helpline. We’ve got you.
"Our boys are not broken, but damn – how we teach them to break.”
In this powerful piece Fili and Noah question what it means to be ‘a man’. No matter what you’ve been told, you are enough. Your personal strength does not come from holding things back, it comes from reaching out.