Mental Health & Addiction Update - 10 August 2021

on 11 August


In this edition:

  • Launching a new kaupapa Māori service
  • Expanding youth services in the North Island
  • EaseUp at Massey High School’s Mental Health Expo
  • Upcoming dates for your diary
  • Taranaki DHB partner with Whakarongorau Aotearoa NZ

Kia ora whānau

I hope you are all keeping warm and dry during this cold snap. 

Almost every week I see evidence of new and expanded mental health and addiction services being rolled out across Aotearoa, providing more people with access to the support they need, when and where they need it.

A key focus for us at the moment is on improving access to, and choice of, services for our priority groups – Māori, Pacific people, and young people – and it’s great to see momentum building in these areas.

Toni Gutschlag Deputy Director-General, Mental Health and Addiction

Toni Gutschlag
Deputy Director-General, Mental Health and Addiction

Aroha Metcalf, our Chief Advisor Māori, was recently at an event announcing new kaupapa Māori services in the Lakes District Health Board area. You can read about the importance of the event below, with the launch of the waka symbolising the launch of the new service.

EaseUP, one of Emerge Aotearoa’s services, is working closely with teenagers experiencing challenges with their mental wellbeing and/or alcohol and other drug issues. Read about the different ways they provided information and support to Massey High School students. We want to keep expanding services for New Zealand’s rangitahi, and there’s a new Request for Proposal on the Government Electronic Tenders System for youth services in the Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki, Tairāwhiti, and Whanganui DHB areas.

Although the days are slowly getting lighter, we’re definitely still in the cold and miserable part of the year. As well as keeping healthy and avoiding winter illness, take some time to look after your mental wellbeing this month. The Mental Health Foundation has five ways to wellbeing, and I encourage you to include these actions in your day-to-day routine.

Ngā mihi,

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