Lakes DHB Launches New E-Mental Health and Addictions’ Collective
21/05/2019 2:25:28 p.m.

Tuesday 21 May 2019

Lakes DHB is seeking Expressions of Interest (EoI) from members of the community and community service providers who are passionate about mental health and wellbeing and have a keen interest in electronic health resources, to join a new E mental Health and Addictions’ Collective.

Lakes DHB Project Manager Ben Hingston says the aim of the collective is to raise community awareness of easily accessible, e-mental health tools and programmes that could support people with a broad range of mild to moderate mental health conditions and/or addiction issues. 

“Just as more and more people prefer to use electronic or virtual options in a broad range of areas; this is also the case when it comes to our health and wellbeing. For many people electronic tools provide safe and easily accessible options that can be used in the privacy of your own home,” Ben says. 

Members of the collective will be encouraged to share their ideas, and perspectives on the effectiveness of a broad range of options available, which options may work best for our communities and how to prioritise these to improve access. 

“The collective will focus on how to positively encourage our communities, neighbours, whānau and families to engage with e-mental health and addiction support options earlier and prevent the escalation of poor mental health and wellbeing,” Ben says. 

These e-mental health programmes, resources and tools have the potential to make a significant contribution to achieving healthier and better supported communities where people are able to access information and support earlier than would otherwise be the case, Ben adds. 

The e-Mental Health and Addictions’ Collective is one of the exciting initiatives that has emerged as part of Te Ara Tauwhirotanga – the new mental health and addictions model of care that seeks to transform Lakes DHB’s mental health and addictions’ sector. The themes and principles of Te Ara Tauwhirotanga echo the aspirations of the community that services and systems should be designed to “act with kindness”. 

This focus has supported Lakes DHB in beginning to drive positive innovation to support the achievement of greater health equity for our population. You can stay up-to-date with Te Ara Tauwhirotanga by seeing Major Projects on the Lakes DHB website. 

If you are interested in becoming a member of the new Lakes e-Mental Health and Addictions Collective please contact Ben Hingston, Project Manager – Strategy, Planning and Funding to request an EoI form The EoI closes on Friday 24 May 2019.

For more information contact: Sue Wilkie Communications Officer or Shan Tapsell, Assistant Communications Officer Phone extn 7944 or mobile 027 242 3652