Mental health views sought

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Queenstowners are being urged to give their health board a piece of their mind, as New Zealand marks Mental Health Awareness Week.

Southern DHB’s Mental Health, Addictions and In-tellectual Disabilities (MHAID) team wants to improve services across the district, including the Central Lakes area, and to do that, it wants to hear from the family of people who use or have used its services.

MHAID relationship manager Robert Ford says two programmes of particular interest are ‘Needs Assessment’ and the ‘Day Activities and Vocational’, though other community-based services and programmes will also be reviewed over the next few years.

“We’re working to improve how we deliver services, and whanau have important views and insights that need to be heard.

“We want to know what works, what doesn’t, and how we can better meet the needs of the communities we serve.”

Ford says Central Lakes families may face challenges different from other places in the DHB’s patch because of its growing, and younger, population, so it’s important residents tell their stories.

Anyone who wishes to make a submission can email SDHB family advisor Sharon Morrison at sharon.morrison@southerndhb.govt.nz.

Or write to Family Advisors, Mental Health Addictions and Intellectual Disabilities Direct-orate, Southern DHB, Box 828, Invercargill, or Box 1921, Dunedin.

daisy.hudson@scene.co.nz