The team have very close links to service users, their families, whanau, treatment teams, including local, regional and national stakeholders in both the mental health and addiction sector. They bring a range of skills, knowledge, qualifications and lived experience of using mental health and addiction services.
The team is guided by the vision “Together we flourish” for service users, their family, whānau, the workforce and community.
Recovery and the principles which underpin it have become increasingly important to the provision of services.
“Recovery is being able to live a meaningful and satisfying life, as defined by each person in the presence or absence of symptoms. It is about having control over and input into your own life. Each individual, whānau or families’ recovery journey from mental health problems or illness, is a unique and deeply personal process.”
Mental health is important as it affects every aspect of our lives. There is no health without mental health. Service users, their families, whānau and carers have a right to participate in, and provide input into, decisions that are likely to affect them. For this reason the Consumer, Family & Whānau Team welcome any ideas, feedback and comments on how MidCentral could better progress and improve current service provision within our region.
If you would like to offer any feedback or meet with any of the team, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team.
Consumer Project Lead
The Consumer Lead for MidCentral DHB Community Mental Health & Addictons Service actively promotes recovery from the perspective of knowing how hard it can be, while knowing life can and does get better. The Consumer Lead provides systemic advocacy to the service and offers support to anyone using MidCentral Mental Health Services by walking alongside service users, their families and whānau through the service journey.
Our consumer advisor is Chris Hocken
Community Health Village
Gate 12, Ruahine Street
Private Bag 11036
Palmerston North 4442
Phone (06) 350 8184
Family & Whānau Advisor
Families/whānau need support in negotiating their way through the experience of mental illness. The Whānau Ora Kaitautoko provides this support as well as to the Service User/tangata whaiora to meet their own needs as family/whānau with a family/whānau member experiencing mental distress & addictions.
Our Whānau Ora Kaitautoko is Joanne Henare.