Story: Mental health services

Experience of mental illness: as a teenager (3rd of 4)

Experience of mental illness: as a teenager

Liz Morton was an Auckland University student preparing for a medical career in 2010. In March that year the Mind Matters house, a mental health recovery centre for teens and young adults, closed due to funding cuts. Liz first entered Mind Matters at age 17, and returned there several times to cope with spells of acute mental illness. 'The environment was beautiful ... In a lot of [hospital] units you are surrounded by older, more chronically ill people, and that can be frightening.'

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Warwick Brunton, 'Mental health services - Mental health and mental illness', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2021)

Story by Warwick Brunton, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 21 Jun 2018