Wānaka Sun       

More help coming in Lakes area for mental health

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 31 Dec, 2020 | By Jo Galer newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

As the district faces ongoing effects of COVID-19, a new role to connect people with mental health and wellbeing support in the Central Lakes area will be available for assistance from early 2021.  


The Mental Wellbeing Navigator role is being established by the Central-Lakes Wellbeing Response Group, which formed after the COVID-19 lockdown.


The Response group includes members from the Southern DHB, WellSouth Primary Health Network, Queenstown Lakes District Council, Central Lakes Family Services and Tahuna-Whakatipu Māori Community.


Group chairperson Adell Cox, who is also Southern DHB's Allied Health Director for Mental Health, said the impacts of COVID have gone through several phases, and families and livelihoods have been significantly disrupted. 


“People are continuing to live with uncertainty, and for some, this is challenging.


“There are a number of supports out there. And while a lot of people have been reaching out, we are concerned others have not, for a wide range of reasons,” she said.


“A Mental Wellbeing Navigator is a role that can join dots. They will not provide clinical care, but will help point people in the right direction and if needed, facilitate introductions.


Cox said that importantly, the group also wanted the role to connect with employers, teachers, church leaders and others so they know what is available, and how to support anyone they have concerns about.


The Mental Wellbeing Navigator role will be a two year position, advertised in January, and reporting to the Central Lakes Family Services. It has been made possible with funds from the Central Lakes Trust, Wakatipu Greatest Needs Fund, Community Trust South and Lotteries.  

Read edition 1007 of the Wānaka Sun here. 


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