In a visit to Tui Ora today Whānau Ora And Associate Minister for Health Peeni Henare, announced an expansion to Taiohi Ora services across Taranaki to support local taiohi and their whānau.
The Access and Choice Kaupapa Māori Primary Mental Health & Addiction service or Taiohi Ora is delivered via the Te Kawau Marō alliance, a collaboration of Taranaki Māori Health providers that includes Tui Ora, Ngāti Ruanui Tahua and Ngāruahine Health Services.
Expanding the service will allow the providers to recruit additional kaimahi (Kaihāpai and Kaiwhakapiki Hauora teams) to support taiohi who are facing an increasing range of personal, social and economic problems.
Linda McCulloch, Kaihautu Oranga Hinegaro at Tui Ora says:
“The aim of the Taiohi Ora service is to build resilience, not just with our taiohi but with their whānau and friends so we can build an extra layer of support to awhi our taiohi so they aren’t having to face problems on their own.”
“Many of our taiohi are struggling at the moment whether its because of exam stress, problems at home like relationships breaking down, domestic violence and abuse, gender identity and transitioning or not having enough money at home for basics like kai and heating. These type of situations can have a big impact on the mental and physical wellbeing of taiohi and we simply need more trained kaimahi to keep up with the demand. Expanding the service and increasing funding will really help providers like Tui Ora.”
“What Taiohi Ora seeks to do is to help taiohi achieve success — whatever that might look like to them and doing this is a way that is culturally appropoiate and enhances the mana of our young people. This might be through kapahaka, reo, sport or connecting them to te taiao. The boost to the Taiohi Ora programme will also open up the possibilities for marae and community based programmes where we can work with the whole whānau.”
Tui Ora Clinical Director, Dr. Bernard Leuthart says teaching strategies to manage the symptoms of anxiety, how to process emotions and communicate with others are just some of the skills taiohi need to succeed in life.
“When taiohi are struggling we see it manifest itself in eating disorders and self harm. Early intervention is key if we want to prevent these sorts of problems getting worse. The Taiohi Ora service includes a Kaiwhakapiki Hauora team (a social worker, nurse and counsellor) and Kaihāpai — community connectors who work within our communities to identify and engage with whānau and taiohi who need help. Using multi-disciplinary teams and a whānau centred approach to taiohi wellness can really benefit our young people.”
The Taiohi Ora services is open to taiohi aged 10–18 years who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues are eligible, with a focus on Māori and Pasifika youth and those at high risk of entering the mental health system. For more information please visit the Tui Ora website.(external link)