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Established in 2009 and aligning to the Canterbury Clinical Network in 2012, the Mental Health Workstream provides oversight of the strategic direction of the Canterbury mental health system with an aim to achieve a user-centred, whole of system approach to mental health and addiction services. Its clinical leadership role includes reviewing current service activities and proposing transformational service improvement.

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Mental Health Workstream Key Messages - August 2020

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2020/2021 Work plan
The Mental Health Workstream Workplan was finalised for 2020/2021. CCN has also prepared a document that cross references actions from across the CCN areas. The draft of this was sent to members for comment prior to this meeting. A focus of the MH Workstream will be equity and work on this area was discussed at length during the meeting.

Just a thought
Anna Elders presented on the e-therapy tool, “Just a Thought” which is available to all New Zealanders. This website provides online mental health support that can assist people to understand if they require support for psychological stress and wellbeing and then delivers online therapy that has been proven to be as effective as face to face therapy. The tool is free, fully automated and anonymous however it can be prescribed by people’s primary physician. Workstream members felt this tool should be promoted more widely locally as it has the potential to increase access to services.

Te Tumu Waiora
NGO Providers have finished a recruitment drive with a resulting large tranche of new Health Coaches employed. An NGO Lead position has been advertised. Work continues to identify and assist general practices to implement the model throughout Canterbury.

Mosque attacks sentencing
Sentencing commenced at the beginning of the week with the support of a co-ordinated plan developed for victims and their families during the sentencing, including access to community and SMHS supports with clear pathways for Crisis Resolution services (if needed). A wellbeing flyer was developed for those watching at home, through the link. Reports from the team indicated that whilst it was a very challenging week for the victims and their families, no major supports were needed at this point. Group wanted to recognise the huge efforts of the support team working in the courts.

Farewell to Chair
The Mental Health Workstream and CCN farewelled the Chair, Mary Gordon, the longest standing member of the Mental Health Workstream. Her contribution to the Workstream has been invaluable and her commitment and passion for Mental Health will be missed. Mary thanked the group and commented that she had seen a real difference in the system over the past 10 years. Sandy McLean was confirmed as Acting Chair until a new chair is appointed. 

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Work Plan 2020-21/22

For Mental Health Workstream. Read full CCN work plan.

MoH newsletter

Subscribe to the Ministry of Health's Mental Health and Addiction update.

He Ara Oranga

Report of the Government inquiry into mental health and addiction