Mental illness in the spotlight

Tuesday May 03, 2016 Written by Published in Local
Members of the Tamarumaru o Ararau Enua enjoy the activities organised by Te Kainga volunteers. 16050207 Members of the Tamarumaru o Ararau Enua enjoy the activities organised by Te Kainga volunteers. 16050207

WITH an estimated 1897 people in the country suffering from some form of mental illness, Te Kainga group is stepping up to promote awareness of mental health and what can be done to improve it.

 

Next Thursday the group will hold a week-long workshop at Te Upoko Enua hall and one of the main aims of the event will be to help lessen the stigma often associated with mental illness.

The workshop is aimed at building a safe nation where those who suffer from any form of mental illness can receive help and where there can be assistance for survivors of mental illnesses facing difficulty in trying to fit back into mainstream society.

Te Kainga’s Ana Ngauru Makara said the workshop would also be a good opportunity for participants to identify problems and solutions that they could work on including discrimination and the lack of appropriate medication for some patients. Participants would then look at ways of solving the various issues, working closely with stakeholders.

“The programme caters for people of all ages, not just the elderly or disabled,” Makara said.

“The aim here is to provide a programme for people who may have mental health issues such as stress and to provide some respite and support for family caregivers.”

Makara said they would not be able to organise the programme without government’s support through its Social Impact Fund. Air Rarotonga and various other organisations have also assisted the group.

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