Over the last couple of months, it has been a privilege to have whānau share their kōrero with me about a range of mental health and addiction challenges they are experiencing as whānau.
Topics have ranged from where to seek help to benefit the whole whānau; to navigating a complicated health system; to comprehending the treatment choices available and to ensuring a whole of health approach that includes the wairua of a loved one.
It is upon this kōrero Te Rau Matatini would like to build on: What works for whānau in regard to mental health and addiction care. Over the next month, we will be sending out a survey and holding hui across New Zealand for whānau who wish to share What has worked for them. The point of this approach is to listen and to learn from whānau, and to build this whānau wisdom into the ongoing practice development of frontline workforces across the continuum of care for people with mental health and addiction related problems. We hope you will join us to ensure whānau have a voice and a role in shaping the way workforces support whānau.
Ngā mihi nunui
Interim Chief Executive
20 February 2017
For any further information or kōrero e-mail Maria.