Monday, May 28, 2012

I am not a monster: Interview with Liz from Mental Arts Initiative

Though the damage has already been done to the mental health community because of Vince Li coverage, I will continue to do what I can.

Last week I wrote about Winnipeg Beach staying a decision on a fallout from negative fear-based coverage on Vince Li. This week, I bring you an hour-long interview with Liz Hibbert, the woman behind Mental Arts Initiative.

Liz suffers from schizophrenia. We talk about the direct and personal impact she has felt because of the Vince Li coverage, we talk about her personal experiences with this illness, her recovery, and how she uses art as a way of dealing with everyday life. We talk about Mental Arts initiative, what it is, what she applied for a permit to do, and the discriminatory reaction of Winnipeg Beach Council.

It is a story everyone needs to hear: the story of a person living with schizophrenia who has been directly affected by coverage on Vince Li.

See also: Gordon Sinclair Jr wrote an enlightening piece about the legal precedents and history of mental health-related justice. Though the confines of a column don't allow a more in-depth piece, it's a good start. Legal protections for people with mental illnesses have been a long time coming, and at this point in time, it is more important than ever to understand.

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