Self-stories are a great way to share personal stories
Self-stories about health underfunding, our mental health crisis, suicide, unaffordable care and unhealthy homes show people the impact of underfunding in ways figures like $2.3b of underfunding won’t ever. Empathy helps make change.
We’ll share your self-stories on our website and the most popular ones on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We’ll share a video with the best ones.
How to take a great selfie-story
- A plain piece of A4 paper
- A dark pen or marker
- A smartphone or camera
Write a short, simple story about how health underfunding, our mental health crisis, suicide, unaffordable healthcare or unhealthy homes have affects or matters you.
What makes a good story?
- KISS: Keep It Simple Silly. 1 – 3 sentences. Use simple language. No acronyms.
- Show, don’t tell: Describe how an issue affects you or matters, not just what it is.
- Make it personal, use a real example. Personal = empathy
- Answering these questions will help you write a powerful story:
- How have I been affected by health underfunding, our mental health crisis, suicide, high workloads or unhealthy homes?
- How did it affect me, my family or my patient? (Did you or a patient miss out on something you/they needed?)
- How did it make me, my family or patient feel?
- Can you give a specific example?
5. Don’t disclose someone else’s personal information.
Statement / Tell
Story / Show (real examples)
|“The mental health system is broken”||“I’m depressed and need support but there are no services to help me. I don’t just need pills, I want to understand my situation.”|
|“Waiting lists for surgery are too long”||“My father had to live in intense pain for ten months while waiting for his hip operation.”|
|“We don’t have enough funding / resources”||“We only have enough pillows for one per patient. If someone needs two, we have to buy them ourselves, from our minimum wage pay.”|
|“We need more staff” / “I’m overworked”||“A young new mum needed my shoulder to cry on. I was too busy thinking of my next job. I felt awful, but we’re under so much pressure.”|
- Leave a 2cm margin on your paper
- Hand write clearly: “I’m [first name]. I’m a [mum, nurse, friend etc]” or if anonymous “I’m a [etc]”.
- Write your story
- Write one of the following:
- #Mental Health Inquiry Now
- #Safe Staffing Safe Patients
- #Healthy Homes Healthy Kids
- #Better Funding Better Health
- Write “YesWeCare.nz” in bold at the bottom of the page, including capitals.
- Anonymous: hold paper over some or all of your face. (It will still be personal if you can tell there is a person in the photo.) Top photo.
- Public: hold paper so you face is visible. Bottom photo.
How to take a great photo
- Easy to read
- You can tell you are a real person
- Paper takes up 50%+ of image
- Good lighting, no shadows
- Fingers don’t cover the text
- The background isn’t cluttered (stand in front of a white wall or a door)
Use the form below.