Understanding brings Resilience in Tāhuna (Queenstown, Te Wai Pounamu)

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Mana Tāhuna Whānau, Mental Health Wellness, Resilience and Suicide Prevention Plan.
Hoea ngā waka ārai i te taniwha whakamomori ki Tāhuna…

Ko Kawarau te mauka
Ko Kawarau te awa
Ko Whakatipu-wai-māori te roto
Ko Tāhuna te papakāika

Mana Tāhuna, a whānau focussed initiative in Queenstown (Tāhuna), is geared towards making daily change for their community. The focus for this initiative is to prevent suicide in the Tāhuna region by developing a Suicide Prevention Plan and working with whānau and whānau champions to deliver resources and support those who may need it.   The suicide prevention plan is targeted to increase the prevention of Suicide especially with vulnerable whānau and hāpori.
The Mana Tāhuna team is focussed on developing their own understanding about Mental Health and suicide determinants, so are running activities to increase knowledge in this area.  Furthermore,  their goal is to support the Māori and Pasifika community in the Queenstown-Lakes district through health & well-being, employment, re-skilling and training.  The well-being & development of rangatahi, wahine, tāne & whānau is also being strengthened through, suicide prevention wānanga and trainings to further increase their ability to be resilient and informed.
As a part of a long-term community goal, whānau champions have been identified to support and work in a manner that is by whānau for whānau.   These whānau ‘champions’ are encouraged into pathways to extend their knowledge and it is hoped that they may eventually be inspired to follow a pathway in Māori Mental Health, Addiction and Suicide Prevention.
As a representative on the Queenstown lakes District Council Suicide Prevention and wellness groups, as well as having a representative on the SDHB Central Otago Suicide Prevention Groups, Mana Tāhuna are working collaboratively across the region to make positive changes.

Initiative: Mana Tāhuna Whanau Mental Health Wellness resilience and Suicide prevention plan.
Organisation: Mana Tāhuna Charitable Trust
*This Community initiative is supported by Te Au (and Te Rau Ora) through the Māori Suicide Prevention Fund (2020/2021).

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