Mental health wellbeing starts with us

9 October 2017

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week this week. An opportunity to focus on what we can all do to improve mental health across the district.

A week is not long enough to focus on a topic that is central to the life we, our families, friends and colleagues live. While we know that service for people experiencing mental distress is critical, there is much more we can do to lower the distress that is, unfortunately, a part of many people's lives.

There is currently a surge in the number of people requiring inpatient mental health and community services. However, it is expected that new service delivery options through Te Kuwatawata and Te Hiringa Matua will prove effective in supporting people, and their families, to recover from distress earlier and in a less intense environment.

Read more about Te Hiringa Matua which launched last week and Te Kuwatawata, that launched last month.

In the meantime, the team in Te Whare Awhiora have gone to great lengths to ensure people get the care they require, with assistance from community colleagues and across the hospital. Thanks to everyone involved in this huge effort.

The real work to change longer-term outcomes has to occur in the community. Together we must strive to ensure people have better lives, families/whānau can work effectively to support their members and we all have a more inclusive attitude to the range of people and personalities that enrich our community and lives.

Whakaorangia te wā i tēnēi wiki ki te whakaaro me pēhea e taea ai e koe te whai hua ki te pai ake i te hauora hinengaro mō ngā mea katoa, me te tīmata ki te hunga e tata ana ki a koe.

 

Kia ora tātau.

 

Jim