Improving Southern mental health together
Change has been underway to bring mental health and wellbeing care closer to home, and make it easier to access for everyone in the Southern region.
Time for Change – Te Hurihanga is a transformational programme that has led change in the way new mental health and addiction services are delivered in Te Waipounamu.
Through the Time for Change – Te Hurihanga Programme, Te Whatu Ora Southern has embarked on a focused and transparent journey towards a more equitable, inclusive and people-focused mental health and addiction system that supports people to be well in their community.
Why was it established?
The programme was established after a comprehensive independent review in 2021 (also called Time for Change – Te Hurihanga) confirmed the mental health service was fragmented, overloaded, complicated and difficult for some people to navigate and access.
As part of the review process, more than 800 survey responses and submissions were received, and interviews were conducted with over 500 people across the district, including those in the workforce and people with lived experience of mental distress. Their responses called for significant system and service changes. You can read the full review report here and a summary of the review here.
How have the changes been implemented?
We have done things differently. The programme has changed the way services are designed and delivered through putting equity first in everything, as well as the involvement of people with lived experience as equal partners.
Projects have been co-designed to ensure appropriate community solutions are developed closer to home, based on the needs of people with lived experience and whānau.
We have listened to what people have told us and we have designed services with them for them.
You can read about the progress of the project and more about how we delivered the programme in the Time for Change - Te Hurihanga - the journey so far June 2023 report here