The Canterbury Mental Health Education and Resource Centre Trust (MHERC) provides information, education, and support within the Canterbury region to:
- People with mental health and addiction issues
- Families/whanau, caregivers and associates of mental health consumers
- NGO mental health, addiction and social service agencies
- The community
MHERC delivers these Core services through the following:
- Community information service on mental health and addiction issues and available support groups.
- FREE Mental Health Library.
- Comprehensive website information service including online library service.
- Linkages mental health and addiction providers and social service agencies.
- Dissemination of mental health/illness information throughout the mental health and addiction sector, social service agencies, and to members of the public on request.
- Proactive involvement in mental health and addiction networking forums.
to view the list of Canterbury District Health Board contracted mental health organisations that MHERC works with.
MHERC is also involved in the PATHS (Providing Access To Health Solutions) Social Services Project administered by the Ministry of Social Development in the capacity of Mental Health Coordination.
The PATHS concept assists people on Sickness Benefit/Invalids Benefits (SB/IB) to return to the workforce through the provision of unmet health interventions, which may include:
- Primary health care packages over and above those available under public health funding
- Intensive physiotherapy rehabilitation
- Medical specialist assessments
- Health management programmes for chronic illness
- Tailored health-related support.
More information on PATHS