Category: Medical and Hospital
Created: Wednesday, 25 March 2015 13:24
Mental Health recovery-based programmes, previously under the control of the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board (HBDHB), continue to thrive under the leadership of Te Taiwhenua O Heretaunga (TTOH) and Whatever It Takes (WIT).
One of the earliest changes in the current and ongoing transformation of the Mental Health Service inHawke’s Bay, the transfer of recovery-based programmes from HBDHB control to Non-Governmental Organisations has been up and running for nearly two months.
While they are currently being run from the DHB’s venues, Walnut Grove (Hastings) and Jacaranda House (Napier), Te Taiwhenua O Heretaunga have already changed the name of their programme on the corner of Lyndon Rd and Nelson St, Hastings to Te Puawaitanga (The Blooming). Whatever It Takes are also working on a name change for Jacaranda House through consultation with their consumers.
TTOH General Manager and Clinical Psychologist Luke Rowe said, "While our course delivery is based on a Kaupapa Maori Model, the values are universal. We haven’t lost clients - more than 40 are accessing the various programmes over the week.
"The transformation of mental health services in tandem with the mental health rebuild is all about destigmatisation - getting people back into, and functioning within the community. Our programme is in line with that."
Te Puawaitanga is supervised by Day Programme Co-ordinator Marcelle Raheke and Occupational Therapist Esmarie Matthee, and features various workshops as well as one-to-one sessions.
"We would like to steer Tangata Whaiora (service users) to be called Tauira (students) as they attend Te Puawaitanga Whare - The House of Learning," Marcelle says. "We want to help them become self-managers as they live the journey with long term conditions.
"As evidence of the importance of the recovery workshops/programmes our Tauira have volunteered their time to help support the literacy and numeracy, to provide contracted art tutoring, and currently a Tauira is studying at EIT to become a social worker."
From their base on the corner of Kennedy Rd and Vigor Brown St in Napier, Whatever It Takes three part-time staff - Recovery-Based Programme Co-Ordinator Tracy Courtney, and social workers Andrea Blackler and Tania Gray - run a similar service.
"We’ve got 25 people accessing our services," Tracy says. "It will only grow bigger and better.
"We offer a range of assessments and therapeutic groups to assist in identifying goals that strengthen, enhance and assist recovery, community integration and participation. It’s a safe, fun and challenging environment which recognises that the recovery journey for each individual is unique.
"Like Te Taiwhenua O Heretaunga we support people to become as independent as possible, knowing that the need for our service might come and go."
The recovery-based programmes are for people who are receiving mental health services in Hawke’s Bay and are actively working on their recovery. The goal is for people to attend for a limited time until they are able to progress to the next stage of their recovery. They can be referred by Community Mental Health and Addiction Services, their GP or by self-referral.
The two centres offer a wide range of workshops including cultural, educational and a variety of daily living skills, sport and recreation, arts and crafts, music and performance.
The intention is that similar programmes will be offered in Napier and Hastings, with both evolving over the coming months as the people attending them provide feedback. That will allow the programmes to be developed in a way that those using them find most helpful.
This process is known as co-design and is being used in all Mental Health Service developments.
Cnr Lyndon Rd and Nelson St, Hastings
Open Monday, Tuesday 10am-3pm; Wednesday 9am-3.30pm; Thursday 10am-3.30pm; Friday 12.30pm-2pm (social drop-in coffee club)
Phone: 06 876 7185
Whatever It Takes
Cnr Kennedy Rd and Vigor Brown St, Napier
Open Tuesday, Wednesday 9.30am-2.30pm; Thursday 9.30am-12.30pm
Phone: 06 835 2154