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Mana Ake - Stronger for Tomorrow provides mental health and wellbeing support for children aged five to 12 years old across Canterbury.

Mana Ake kaimahi are employed by one of 13 providers and work with schools to support teachers, families and whānau when children are experiencing issues that impact their wellbeing such as managing emotions, friendships and bullying, parental separation and grief and loss.

Kaimahi have a diverse range of skills and include psychologists, social workers, counsellors, teachers and youth workers. Kaimahi can work with children and their families at school, in the community or at home and with groups of children in schools. They provide advice, guidance and support for teachers and family/ whānau.

You can talk to your local school to find out about what is being offered by the Mana Ake team.

If you're concerned about your child’s wellbeing or mental health, you should talk to their child's teacher, or a member of the school staff, to check if Mana Ake is the right service to support your child. If your child does not currently attend a school, you can request support directly from Mana Ake via manaakefeedback@cdhb.health.nz

Mana Ake team leaders (kaiarahi) support geographic teams of kaimahi. If you have a query about Mana Ake you can contact the kaiarahi for your area (phone numbers to the right).

See the links under the Related Pages heading to find out more about supporting a child’s wellbeing. This list includes the Mana Ake website

Mana Ake karakia read by Karaitiana Tickell

E atawhai ana mātou

Te whakatōkia o ngā kakano i ruia mai

E nga māhuri tōtara e tipu ana mō āpōpō.

Nā tātou katoa hei awhi te kaupapa,

Hei mana ake te tū tauira tonu ai.

Haumi ē, Hui ē, Tāiki ē.

 

We nurture and protect

the seeds sown near and far,

so that they may grow into mighty totara for a not so distant tomorrow.

We embrace our responsibility,

To encourage students on a path of lifelong learning.

Unified, Together, Strong.

Latest news
26Feb

Enhanced mental health support for Canterbury children

26 Feb, 2018 | Return|

The Prime Minister has announced the first stage of the Government’s plan to deliver dedicated mental health support to children in school years 1-8 across greater Christchurch, the Hurunui and Kaikoura.

The first schools to benefit will be in east Christchurch and Hornby, where 13 primary schools and 2 secondary schools will share six dedicated staff, including community workers and health professionals.

This is the first step in a $28 million programme that will be rolled out rapidly over the next three years.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: “We all want our kids to have a happy and carefree childhood, but sadly for too many that’s not the reality in Canterbury. Since 2011, there has been a significant increase in demand for mental health services for children and young people in quake affected areas. We want to wrap more care and support around these children at an early age.

"This new approach will allow specialist support to be tailored to the needs of individual children, their families and communities. It’ll mean that, in their critical early years, young people get all the help they need to grow up safe, healthy and happy."

Canterbury Clinical Network will lead this programme through a newly-established, time-limited Mental Health Support in Schools Service Level Alliance (working title). After setting up an operating model and framework, the group will take a monitoring role as the programme is implemented. Read the draft Terms of Reference here.

CCN is now seeking nominations for membership of the new group. Perspectives sought include: 

Perspective

Competency

Consumer/Whānau

Whānau experience of navigating support for mental health/learning support needs for young people.

Ministry of Education Learning Support

Key sector relationships with schools.

Currently implementing the new Learning Support Service Delivery model to Kāhui Ako.

Kāhui Ako

Frontline experience of operating in Kāhui Ako and experience of complex health and social need in schools.

Canterbury Primary School

Primary school leadership.

Experience of meeting the needs of diverse learners.

Agency providing social services

Partnership agencies in social service provision and complex need.

Māori

Mana Whenua.

Experience across education and/or Canterbury health system.

Pasifika

Pasifika leadership.

Experience across education and/or Canterbury health system.

Specialist Mental Health

Strategic leadership within specialist mental health services in Canterbury.

        Primary Mental Health

Strategic leadership across primary mental health services in Canterbury.

General Practice

General practice clinical leadership, with a particular interest in child mental health.

Ministry of Health

Clinical Leadership for Mental Health Service provision.

NGO – School based Mental Health

 

Experience engaging schools.

Provider of mental health support to children families and whānau.

NGO – Mental Health Provider

Provider of mental health services to children and families/whānau.

Experience with Māori/Pasifika mental health.

Canterbury DHB Planning & Funding

Canterbury DHB leadership.

System navigation and statutory funder of health services.

 

If you believe you fit one or more perspective/competencies listed above and would like the opportunity to contribute to the work of the new Mental Health Support in Schools SLA, please contact Clare Shepherd, CCN Facilitator, Mental Health Support in Schools SLA (phone 03 337 7736), for a confidential discussion or, alternatively, please complete the nomination form.

Nominations are open until 9am, Friday 2 March 2018

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