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Mental Health Commissioner Meetings in Hawkes Bay 14 March 2013

The Mental Health Commissioner will be visiting Hawkes Bay on Thursday, 14 March 2013.

The Mental Health Commissioner’s purpose is to enhance mental health and wellbeing for all New Zealanders. The Commissioner focuses on society’s overall response to mental health and wellbeing and on services for people experiencing mental distress and/or addiction.

The Commissioner works to give voice to the needs and perspectives of people experiencing mental distress and addiction challenges and their families/whānau.

Every month the Commissioner visits a District Health Board area and holds meetings with interested people, including school counsellors, government agencies, NGOs and staff from service providers including clinicians, and managers.

What happens with this information?
After the meetings we will provide a summary of our findings to the Chief Executive Officer of the District Health Board.  They do not reveal the identity of anyone who talks to them.

A summary of this visit’s findings will be on the Commission’s website in June 2013 at http://www.hdc.org.nz/about-us/mental-health-and-addictions/monitoring-and-advocacy. If you do not have access to the internet please call us on 09 373 1060 and we will be happy to print it out and send it to you.

The information also helps the Commissioner understand the important issues in relation to mental health and addiction services. The Commissioner advises the Minister of Health on the implementation of the mental health and addiction strategy.

Please see the list of meetings to find the one that is right for you.  It is important to hear your experiences and views.

For catering purposes, please confirm your attendance by email to vcreamer@hdc.org.nz or telephone (09) 373 1025 as soon as possible.  Please also advise if you have any special requirements in attending the meeting.

Date: 14 March 2013

Venue: Shakespeare Room, Hawkes Bay Opera House, 101 Hastings Street South, Hastings.

Meeting Schedule

11.00 am – 11.15 am Morning Tea
 11.15 am – 12.30 pm  

Support Providers, NGOs and Inter-Government Agencies Only | Attendees:  WINZ, CYF, Police, Education, Housing, Justice/Courts, City Council, NGOs


12.45 pm – 2:45 pm LUNCH INCLUDEDMāori Mental Health Providers, Māori focused NGOs, HBDHB Māori Clinical Services  Only

Attendees: Māori Mental Health Providers, Māori focused NGOs, HBDHB Māori Clinical Services


3.00 pm to 3.15 pm Afternoon Tea Break
3.15 pm – 4.15 pm Primary Health Care Providers Only

Attendees: includes  liaisons, counsellors, Primary Health Care Nurses, PHOs, Pharmacists, Psychologists, GPs


4.30 pm – 5.20pm  Consumer Requests for 1:1 appointments


5.30pm – 7.30pm DINNER INCLUDEDConsumers and Family/Whānau Only

Attendees: People who have used or use mental health or addiction services and family/whānau

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