CLARISSA CHANDRAHASEN

Award winning actor, writer, comedian and theatre-maker and advocate for mental health


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Clarissa’s dream is for New Zealand to become a country where experience of mental distress is openly discussed, rather than a stigmatised.

Clarissa is an actor, writer, comedian, and theatre-maker. She debuted her award-winning solo show ‘Committed’ at the NZ Fringe Festival this year, where she shared the story of her experience in the New Zealand mental health system. Clarissa’s career started out in the biomedical science field but took a detour because of her experience with mental illness. She now works in peer support in the mental health sector and as a mental health educator with trainee doctors. Her dream for New Zealand is that it becomes a country where lived experience of mental distress is seen as an asset. By sharing her story she hopes to break down stigma and encourage others to share their stories too.