E mental health

 What is the e mental health collective?








 The e-mental health collective is a broad range of passionate and creative people from a wide number of organisations across the Lakes community. We have consumers, kaupapa Māori service providers, youth health services, local leaders in primary care and community mental health and advocates from across the district.
Our e-mental health collective was formed in response to feedback that we received from a sector wide survey we released in early 2019 where we wanted to better understand how our community perceived the potential for e-mental health and addictions tools and programmes to be used. Click here to read more.

 Phase 2 e-Mental Health and Addictions train the trainer


Phase 2 training was delivered in May 2020 to those who completed phase 1 training and any others who had completed the training modules prior. This training was focused on practical delivery of the first training to support the embedding of skills gained during the phase 1 training and to promote the use of tools with colleagues and those they work with. Click here for more.


Five digital tools to support self-help and accessibility

Lakes DHB and the Lakes eMental Health Collective are paving the way forward with accessing, using and promoting the use of digital tools to assist in mental wellbeing and addiction support to complement their traditional practice of face to face services. Trainers find that digital tools are good at supporting those they work with between meetings and providing accessibility and convenience for self-help tools.

E-mental health is a relatively new concept and trainers are finding the need to educate and raise awareness of digital tools that can be useful for people in both professional and personal lives.

The trainers have been trained in 5 tools which cover a range of accessibility initially and will continue to evaluate and assess digital support tools that can be off benefit for whaiora. Click here for more on the five tools.



 Our journey so far 


Our journey so far has been marked by some really incredible successes and exciting developments.
Firstly, and again a massive thank you to Health Trx for helping us to kickstart our e-mental health journey back in November 2018 with the development of our local framework that provided a firm foundation to consider a broad range of programmes, apps and tools that have been so important and relevant to how we have progressed in this space. Click here for more.  


 Innovation in  ehealth at Lakes DHB acknowledged with international award

Innovation in the field of mental healthcare outside of the traditional practice has been rewarded with an international leadership award. Karen Evison, Lakes DHB Director Strategy, Planning and Funding, was presented the eHealth Innovation Leadership Award at its annual international congress on November 19.

eHealth is a key aspect of Te Ara Tauwhirotanga, the mental health model of care in Lakes DHB.

Pictured at the international conference are: Jordana Bealing (Consumer Advisor Link People), Amy Wharewera (Project Coordinator Lakes DHB), Karen Evison (Director SFP), Ben Hingston (Project Lead/Funding Specialist Lakes DHB), Karl Scoble (AoD Practitioner ManaakiOra Trust), Shayne Hunter ( Deputy Director General Data & Digital Ministry of Health) .Click here to read more. 


 Principles guiding our development

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to read more about the four most significant principles that guide our development on the e mental health journey. 


So how are we transforming our workforce?

Now we understand that e-mental health is still a foreign concept for many working in the health and social sector, especially those who value the personal connection of face to face services. The idea of being made obsolete and losing jobs is a real concern for some, so we choose to promote e-mental health as a complimentary option rather than a substitute.Click here to read more.



Train the trainers workshop completed in September 2020

What's next December 2020


Our key outcome is to build the confidence and capability of our workforce in using e-mental health tools.
Our next steps are to embed key competencies across our local workforce, enhance our directory of tools for local use that work for Māori and finally, to continue to support local innovation and develop spaces for shared learning and socialisation.

Our focus moving forward will be to support providers and members of the public to increase uptake of free-use funded resources and tools that have the potential to make a significant difference; particularly in the areas of prevention and early intervention. This focus will be driven by the new Lakes e-Mental Health and Addictions Collective which will seek to embed new ways of working and increase uptake through a community development approach.


 E-Mental Health Framework Launched 2019


The new Lakes DHB E-Mental Health and Addiction Framework has been officially launched following a presentation of the report to the Te Ara Tauwhirotanga Advisory Group in April 2019. 

The Framework is a solid foundation from which to increase the capacity and capability of our local mental health and addictions' services through a range of innovative tools and programmes. The framework was guided by two themes which emerged from the community co-design process; this included:

  • a focus on earlier intervention and

  • achieving better cultural fit for Lakes district communities.

The framework is based on a person’s recovery or access journey and reflects these various stages. The model provided below is used to evaluate solutions and services to ensure the needs of service users/tangata whaiora, their families and whānau are met. A brief overview of 29 existing and/or potential e-mental health and addictions tools and solutions are provided within the framework.

The Framework is publically available here. Service providers across the social sector are encouraged to access the framework and consider how they could include e-mental health and addictions solutions, tools and programmes in their current service delivery.