MHAPS MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY AND PEER SUPPORT SERVICES

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Telephone
(03) 365 9479
Freephone
0800 437 324
Mobile
Txt: 022 370 8055
Fax
(03) 366 8276
Email
Address
Unit 4, 357 Madras Street,
Christchurch,
8013
Modified
28 October 2018

All MHAPS peer workers have personal lived experience of mental health and/or addictions challenges, and of working consciously with these experiences to move towards greater wellbeing. This work is more than just a job to us – it is about transforming our mutual understanding of our experiences, and giving expression to a freer and more dignified way of being in the world.

Intentional Peer Support (IPS): IPS is a trauma-informed framework for creating safe yet transformative connections. Unlike traditional mental health service relationships the relationships we create through IPS are founded on a willingness of both people to learn and grow. Thus, nobody is the helper and the point is not to try to “fix” you. We’re rather much more interested in growing a relationship that allows each of us to understand how we came to see things the way we do, and how we might work with our particular circumstances to find new possibilities, greater ease, confidence and fulfilment. We offer Intentional Peer Support to both individuals and groups. In each case, we work through four tasks: building connection; exploring our own and each other’s worldview; practising mutuality (two-way relationships); and moving towards what we want in our lives. At all times, we are guided by three overarching principles: moving from helping to co-learning; focusing on our relationship as peers rather than you as an individual; and responding from a personal sense of hope and possibility rather than our socially-conditioned fear.

Peer advocacy: MHAPS’ peer advocates are available to anyone experiencing mental distress and/or addiction or dependence issues. Advocates help you to have your voice heard in systems, and can assist you in resolving difficulties: for example, with access to health care; addiction treatment access; complaints; housing issues; dealing with landlords; Work and Income; Oranga Tamariki; etc. We do this through careful listening and support; helping to write emails, letters, etc; and accompanying you to meetings, court, etc and then debriefing afterwards. 

Latnam 826 at MHAPS: A weekend activity and social centre for people experiencing mental health and/or addictions challenges, located in the city centre.  Latnam 826 offers peer support and social connections in a welcoming and comfortable environment, with a range of activities available.

Awareness: Consumer leadership and participation forum (see separate listing).

RecoveryWorks: an 11-week programme to assist people experiencing moderate to high anxiety to make positive and sustainable changes away from anxiety and into the life they would like to be leading.

Learning Exchange: A range of daytime workshops, evening classes, and Themes evenings talks on a range of subjects.

Quiet Minds: Weekly radio show on all and any mental health issues (see separate listing).

How to access MHAPS’ peer services:

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