Welcome to the Balance Aotearoa Website
Balance NZ is a charitable trust that makes a difference in the lives of those affected by mental health issues. If this is your first visit you may like to have a look through the menus to get a feel for what the site and the network can offer you.
Balance NZ is continuously evolving in our understandings of mental health and addiction issues and also the things which truly support mental and physical well-being, recovery and resilience.
As we evolve, one of the obvious outcomes is an increasing interest in the power of language to determine our ways of thinking about and responding to all of above.
Words are powerful things. They can hurt and heal, persuade and negate. Words and the language they make up do things, make things happen, and as creatures that rely on language we make words work to our own ends. It is language that makes it possible for us to think certain things and not others and the meanings we attach to words are not static: they change over time and in different circumstances.
‘Mental illness’ is one of those terms that has been gifted to us by a medical and psychiatric way of understanding thoughts and feelings that are causing a person distress: a particular way of understanding problems of the mind. Many people have found it very helpful to think of their difficulties as an illness. In fact it has now become so common place to think this way that we assume that people with a ‘mental illness’ must always be treated or helped by a mental health service.