Arana Pearson is director and principal trainer for Keepwell Ltd
in Australia and New Zealand, an organisation that specialises in
delivering experiential learning and recovery-based training to the
mental health sector.
Arana is an educator, musician and writer who became involved in the mental health service sector some years after his own experience of using mental health services in New Zealand. He was the first chairman for the New Zealand National Consumer Advisory Group's project to counter stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness: Like Minds Like Mine.
Arana is the director of Mad Pride™ concerts throughout Australasia. In 2005 he was an invited performer at the Yale University International Conference on Mental Health in the United States of America.
In 2008 he featured on the Australian television program "Enough Rope" hosted by Andrew Denton about the experience of hearing voices, recovery and mental illness. As a voice hearer himself, Arana has advocated for better understanding, acceptance and support for people who hear voices in Australia and New Zealand over the past 14 years.
Arana is co-chair of the NZ Hearing Voices National Network and represented them at the First World Congress on Voice Hearing in Maastricht, Netherlands in 2009.