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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

Mike King: Cool to Korero at Far North Schools 5 & 6 March 2013

Engage Aotearoa and The Key to Life Charitable Trust have organised an opportunity for every high school student in and around Kaitaia to attend a special session with Mike King called Cool to Korero. The focus is on developing supportive school communities and a culture where it is okay to ask for help. The overall aim is to prevent further suicides in the Far North.

  • Taipa Area School, 1pm – 3pm, Tuesday 5th of March
    • Open to senior students and parents from surrounding schools by prior arrangement with Taipa Area School
  • Kaitaia College, Wednesday 6th of March
    • Open to year 9-13 students from surrounding schools by prior arrangement with Kaitaia College
    • Morning Session: 9 am – 11 am (For all year 9 and 10 students)
    • Afternoon Session: 11:25 am – 1:25 pm (For all year 11, 12 and 13 students)


Many thanks to Mental Health Commissioner Lynne Lane, who heard of the project and arranged funding to allow Skylight to send boxes of resources to gift to the community.

Lane says, “It is important that everyone has a better understanding of how to develop the resilience to cope with the challenges that life holds. We also need to learn how to recognise when someone is struggling to cope with life and to know what to do to support them on the path to recovery.  It is important  to know the early signs of when someone is developing problems, so that they can get help and avoid becoming seriously unwell.  We are all much better informed about how to keep our hearts healthy and how to avoid having a “heart attack”  (healthy eating and exercise etc) and now we need to learn how to keep ourselves mentally well and what to do if someone we care about  is  having problems.

Mike King’s Community Korero will take place at Te Ahu on Tuesday March 5th from 6 to 8 pm and is open to the whole community.

Read The Northern Advocate’s February 28th newspaper article here: An Audience with the King

Mental Health Commissioner Seeks Service-User and Whanau Feedback: Survey Online Now

The Mental Health Commission are running a service-user feedback survey, which can be found at:  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3HCNGRQ

This survey is for consumers only, and is totally anonymous.  People who are family members or supporters of people using services are also able to complete the survey.

It will provide feedback to the Commissioner prior to their community meetings which begin in Auckland on the 15th of February.

If you can’t make it to the community meetings, this survey is your chance to make sure your experiences as a person using mental-health and addictions services are heard by our national policy-makers and funding bodies.