MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

 

Mental health community support services

Waitemata - West Auckland
 

The mental health community support services is focused on supporting Pacific peoples experiencing mental illness (service users) to recover and integrate back into their community. It involves counselling, advice, and navigation to ensure our Pacific services users have the tools, strategies, and support to be well and stay well.

 

How to access this service

  • Access to this service is by referral through the Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) and Waitemata District Health Board’s (WDHB) community mental health clinical teams.
     

Criteria for referral

To be referred to this service, a person must:

  • Be aged 17-65 years

  • Have a limited community and family (aiga) support to help meet his/her needs, and

  • Previous use of mental health services has not been effective or satisfactory. 

 

For more information, please contact Argentina Fatialofa on Argentina.F@vakatautua.co.nz

 

 

Mental health peer support services

Waitemata - West Auckland
 

The mental health peer support services is focused on supporting Pacific peoples experiencing mental illness (service users) to be well – from illness to recovery to integration back into their community. It involves the pairing of people experiencing mental illness (service user) with a peer support worker who has experienced mental illness and recovery. This one-on-one service can serve to boost the morale and confidence of our service users to overcome their mental illness.

How to access this service

  • Service users can access this service through Waitemata District Health Board’s (WDHB) mental health clinical teams (Isa Lei, West 1 and West 2, Inpatient clinics and General Practitioners).

  • Referrals to the service can also be made by the service user (self-referral) or a family member(s).
     

Criteria for referral

To be referred to this service, a person must:

  • Be aged 16 years and over

  • Live in Waitemata DHB area, and

  • Be a current (or recent) user of clinical services from Waitemata DHB’s mental health services. However, we can accept some referrals from outside these services.
     

For more information, please contact Argentina Fatialofa on Argentina.F@vakatautua.co.n

 

 
 
 

 

Awhi Ora - Supporting Wellbeing

Auckland Central
 

Our Awhi Ora – Supporting Wellbeing service is focused on supporting Pacific service users in the ADHB catchment area who are experiencing personal challenges and finding it difficult to perform day-to-day tasks or to reach their desired goals. It involves introduction to key services; individual and/or group-based support; provision or facilitation of access to brief interventions; and information and support to access community resources and services.

How to access this service

  • Access to this service is by referral by Auckland District Health Board (ADHB).

  • People can also self-refer or family members can refer.

Criteria for referral

In order to be eligible for this service, a person must:

  • be 18 years of age or older

  • be registered to a PHO within the ADHB catchment area, and

  • have an unmet on-going support need related to a mental health concern and be eligible for publicly, and funded health services in Aotearoa New Zealand.

For more information, please contact Alphonso (Sio) Afoa-Scotter on Alphonso.A@vakatautua.co.nz

 

 

Mental health package of care

Auckland Central

The mental health package of care is non-clinical cultural support, advocacy, and social support services focused on promoting recovery and resilience for Pacific peoples accessing primary mental health services (Pacific service users). It involves working alongside the clinical team, individual and/or group-based support; brief interventions; and information and support to access community resources and services.

How to access this service

Access to this service is by referral by Auckland District Health Board (ADHB).

Criteria for referral

In order to be eligible for these services, a person must:

  • be 18 years of age or older

  • live within the ADHB catchment area

  • have limited community and family/fanau support to help meet his or her needs

  • have previously used mental health services but they were not effective or satisfactory, and 

  • have an unmet on-going support need related to a mental health concern and be eligible for publicly funded health services in Aotearoa New Zealand.

For more information, please contact Alphonso (Sio) Afoa-Scotter on Alphonso.A@vakatautua.co.nz

Pacific mental health navigation services

Wellington

Our Pacific navigation services are focused on helping Pacific peoples experiencing mental illness (Pacific services users) and their families to identify health and wellbeing goals and plans to achieve their goals; while building their connections with family,

friends and their wider community.

How to access to this service

Access to navigation services is by referral from Capital & Coast District Health Board's (CCDHB) Community Mental Health Team (NASC).

Criteria for referral 

In order to be eligible for these services, a person must:

  • be 18 years of age or older

  • live within the CCDHB region; and

  • Have an unmet on-going support need related to mental health

For more information, please contact Willie Te'o on willie.t@vakatautua.co.nz

 

Vaka Tautua is a national “by Pacific for Pacific” health and social services provider. Established in 2007 by the PIASS and Malologa Trusts, we are a not-for-profit limited liability company registered with the Charities Commission.

We meet industry standards and have quality accreditation. We hold DAA Group Certification against Standard NZS 8134:2008 Health and Disability Services; Ministry of Social Development Social Sector Accreditation Standards Level 2, and Accreditation as a Living Wage employer.

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