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Talking about mental health: How does that make you feel?

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How does that make you feel? is a short graphic novel by Sarah Laing. It is part of a series co-ordinated by Sarah Taylor which focuses on mental health issues in the legal profession. (Download a PDF version).

A graphic novel about mental health

Sarah Laing is a writer, cartoonist and graphic designer. She's written novels, short stories and a graphic memoir, Mansfield and Me, which was recently reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement and The Guardian. She's held both the Frank Sargeson and the Michael King writing fellowships, and was the winner of the 2006 Sunday Star Times short story competition. Her latest book, Let Me Be Frank, will be published by VUP in October 2019.

Sarah Taylor is the co-ordinator of this series, a senior lawyer, and the Director of Business Development at LOD NZ (the new name of lexvoco), a law firm focused on the success and wellbeing of lawyers.

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If you're worried about your or someone else's mental health, reach out to someone you trust, your GP, local mental health provider, employee assistance programme or contact one of the organisations below:

Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.

Lifeline Aotearoa 0800 54 33 54 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text HELP (4357).

Suicide Crisis Helpline 0508 82 88 65 (0508 TAUTOKO).

Samaritans 0800 726 666

Vitae 0508 664 981, Legal Community Counselling Service

If you or someone else are in immediate danger, call 111.

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