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Help Māia fund a modern new outpatient hub for Youth Mental Health


About this
project —

The Cause

Accessing mental health services can be a stressful, overwhelming and uncertain time for children, adolescent and their whānau.  Whether it is for a one-off appointment or part of a journey of recovery, it is the little details that make the difference.

In 2019 the Government confirmed funding for the development of a new Integrated Family Services Unit at Hillmorton, which includes the Child, Adolescent and Family inpatient unit.  However, despite a significant increase in demand for specialist community treatment and support, there was no provision for a community-based outpatient facility.

We want our community – our friends, loved ones, our families – to be supported in a physical environment that promotes wellbeing.  A place that supports our workforce to continue to do the amazing mahi that they do.  A place that instills hope and a sense of value to all those within it.

Māia Health Foundation’s next project is to help create a modern Child, Adolescent and Family Service community facility that will be a dramatic improvement on the current specialist mental health treatment space.  A new environment that is contemporary, welcoming and recovery focused that supports the wellbeing of the children, adolescent and whānau in our community.  A place where people feel safe and respected when accessing services at any stage of their journey.

 The vision

- Young people and whānau centred - with spaces large enough for families and cultural needs.

- Health and wellbeing promoting using light, spaces for play and engagement, indoors/outdoors, colours and aesthetics.

- Age and stage considerations; safety but not restricted.

- Clinically effective and therapeutic by using technology, sensory spaces, multi-agency/whanau inclusion and specific therapy and quite spaces.


The facts

There has been a 43% increase in the number of people in Specialist Mental Health Service care over the last 10 years.

Child, Adolescent and Family (CAF) Service demand has increased more rapidly than the adult service

There has been a 108% increase in new presentations in the past six years, compared to 36% increase in the adult service, against a backdrop of 10% population growth.

This equates to 300 more young people requiring mental health services every month than prior to the earthquakes.

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Donations using a credit/debit card can be made through our secure payment page

For direct credit or internet transfer, the Māia Health Foundation bank account is Westpac 03-1700-0303533-01. Please include your name as a reference.

If you would like to pay using a cheque they can be made out to Māia Health Foundation and sent to PO Box 36757, Christchurch.  If you would like to speak to one of our friendly team, phone: 03 378 6134. 

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