What is mental health?
“Mental Health is a state of wellbeing in which the individual realises his or her own abilities to cope with the normal stresses of life, and can work productively and fruitfully.” (Mental Health Foundation)
Many things happen to us in life that make it difficult to cope with stress. Too many stresses without the skills, networks or resources to resolve problems can cause mild to moderate mental health problems.
Very often we have our own solutions that work like talking to someone we trust in our family, school, church or work. However sometimes some external help can support us to help find new solutions.
Primary Solutions - Nga Pu hera Atawhai
This is a service which provides up to 6 sessions of therapy at no financial charge from a Primary Solutions contracted provider.
The service is for:
People with a mild to moderate mental health issue, AND you meet on of the following criteria:
All young people aged 10 to 24 years
All people with a Community Services Card
All Pacific Island people
How can I be referred to the service?
Information about Primary Mental Health services to improve wellbeing
The Primary Mental Health Coordinators can help you to identify things impacting on your mental health wellbeing and identify the support available in your local area. The Coordinators help you access health and social services to support your wellbeing.
This could include:
Information about support services available in your community and how to access these services
Working with you to plan a flexible package of care to meet your individual needs
Brief, short term therapy to help you manage issues that are affecting you
Providing a referral for you to Primary Solutions
Primary Mental Health Community Coordination Service
The Primary Mental Health Community Coordinator can help you with information and support in the following areas:
Benefits: Making sure you recieve the benefits you are entitled to
Employment: Assistance with finding training and work
Finance: Helping you access budgeting and financial advice
Health: Access to health services
Housing: Linking you with assistance for any housing issues
Recreation: Finding activities for your spare time
Social: Support to meet people
The coordinator does this by:
Networking with community groups and social service agencies
Being available to work with you personally
Supporting you to build networks
Helping you recognise your own strengths and abilities
Working together with you on goals you want to achieve
Assisting you to access other agencies
Who can ask for support and information?
Anyone with social needs impacting on their mental wellbeing:
GPs, friends, family, health professionals
Social and community agencies
And who lives in the area from Tawa to Waikanae
The service is:
Primary Mental Health Team
Primary Mental Health Coordinators:
Martin Sloman - 04 298 8565 or 027 466 0208
Cherene Neilson-Hornblow - 04 239 6114 or 027 290 5527
Amy Munsterman - 04 978 4360 or 027 4793370
Colleen Flux-Hollings - 04 978 4305 or 021 725 072
Porirua and Kapiti
Michelle Ropata - 04 239 6117 or 027 279 5960 or fax 04 2374593
Peter Coombes - 027 227 2661
Heather Sander - 04 978 4363
Compass Health fax number - 04 801 8715
Mental Health Resources
Primary Mental Health Counselling Resource
Provides information about services and providers of counselling in the Wellington City area: