Changing Minds is pleased to announce the public release of “Partnership and Tangata Whai Ora: Report from Changing Minds Community Forum.” The report contains feedback from a range of forum attendees and other interested tangata whai ora, and we hope that this information will be well received by mental health and addictions service providers. Our goal is to provide a space for tangata whai ora to speak, and this report holds a great deal of wisdom and insight into what services are currently doing and how things could be improved. It describes challenges that people have faced, and recommendations for improving the quality of services for everyone.
Our recommendations are grouped into three main areas: Relationships, Education, and Advocacy. There are also some practical tips and tools for both people who use services and people who provide services.
Our discussions focused on the concept of partnership, and this relates to several other key areas of exploration including Te Tiriti o Waitangi, different models of health, and The Mental Health Act.
It was an inspirational experience, asking our forum participants to share with us their experiences and visions in relation to partnership. These visions often centered on the need for acknowledgement of our realities, beliefs, and experiences. We based our visions on some shared values, which we identified in the forum discussions: dignity, aroha, empathy, and responsiveness.
Changing Minds is incredibly grateful to February and March forum attendees and to the many people who have given excellent and extensive feedback on the report as it has progressed from draft to final version. The importance of this document lies in the direct connection to all of the people who contributed their time, energy, and knowledge to it.
We would also like to thank the ADHB Consumer Leaders, particularly Diane Hewitt for co-facilitating such a generous and robust conversation during the forums, and Reina Harris for offering such insightful and relevant feedback throughout the process.
Our community forums are part of our core work, based on our purpose to bring people together and encourage information and knowledge sharing. We believe that when people are connected to other people, we are more resilient in the face of adversity. Connection is one of our key values, as an organization. We also value difference, and we acknowledge that this report cannot be everything to everybody. We have limited ourselves to what was immediately relevant from the forum discussions instead of casting a wider net.
We would like to acknowledge and honour the gifts of knowledge and experience that participants shared with us. We have attempted to preserve the integrity of these conversations, while also highlighting the key areas of discussion. Thank you so much to everyone who participated, we hope this is the first of many opportunities for us to raise our voices together, as we continue to work towards improving mental health and addictions services for everyone.
To read the report click here.