“My first day in care was horrible. I didn't know who I was going to. I didn't know where I was going. I didn't like the people. I didn't like how I was being treated. It's like I just, I was in a stranger's home and it just kind of felt like they didn't want me there. It shouldn't be like that. You shouldn't have to be rejected.
My belongings weren't put in, you know, like a suitcase or anything like that. My clothes were put in rubbish bags.
At least treat us with a bit of respect. You know, we are human beings. We do have a heart. We do matter. And putting our stuff in rubbish bags, that's treating us like trash, like we're nothing.”
If you, or someone you know, is feeling down or unwell, mentally or physically - The best place to start looking for advice and support is often your GP or doctor. If it’s an emergency, call 111 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department. You can also call Healthline on 0800 611 116.
If it’s not an emergency but you want to talk to someone about how you’re feeling - There are amazing people out there who are just a phone call away. Lifeline have a free phone line that you can call 24/7. If you’re stressed, lonely, depressed or unsure just phone 0800 543 354 to speak with someone who will be able to help. For more information about support and services available to you visit MentalHealth.
If you want to know more about borderline personality disorder or other mental health conditions - Contact the Mental Health Foundation’s free Resource and Information Service on 09 623 4812 during office hours or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you haven’t had your head to toe body check up - Tell your doctor, caregiver or social worker, or call Oranga Tamariki on 0508 FAMILY (326 459).