“We are facing a crisis in child and youth mental health. Our young people need us and Māia is leading the way.”
Garth Gallaway is not afraid of a challenge and neither is the Māia Health Foundation team he leads.
“The true meaning of Māia is to be brave and courageous and that is certainly what is required for this next project,” says Garth, Chair of the Māia Health Foundation.
Māia Health Foundation’s next mission is to raise at least $5 million for a new outpatient facility for Canterbury’s child and youth mental health service.
“It’s a game changing project which will have a far-reaching impact on our community for this generation and many generations to come. We know it’s a big ask and it’s going to take all our strength, but if we don’t do it no one else will and our children and young people will suffer,” says Garth.
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 there was no provision for a community-based outpatient facility. This is despite a 140% increase in demand for child, adolescent and family mental health outpatient services since January 2018.