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Mental Health and Addiction Services in Southland

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Mental health promotion refers to the actions taken to strengthen mental health and applies to all people - specific groups as well as the general population.

Mental health promotion can help people take charge of circumstances that affect their mental health, and participate in decisions about their life and health. This requires linked policies and programs across all sectors including health, education, labour, justice, environment, finance, and housing, as well as prevention and treatment of illness. Mental health promotion is asset rather than deficit based as by enhancing protective factors, reducing inequalities and risk factors we can help people bounce back from life's difficulties.


Public Health South is a district-wide provider whose mental health promotion priorities include Suicide Prevention, Anti-discrimination and general mental health promotion. Initiatives include school programmes, education and training for practitioners and resource and policy development. Marketing, publicity and advertising campaigns also support the promotion of positive mental health messages.

Current priorities and initiatives include:

  • Mental Health Awareness Week (and others as appropriate to mental health promotion)
  • SAFE in the South – Safe Communities.
  • Healthy Families
  • Gore Social Sector Trials
  • Stigma and discrimination projects
  • Family Violence - Southland RESPECT Network
  • Suicide Prevention networks
  • Bereavement services

Public Health South
92 Spey Street
Phone: (03) 211 8500


Maori Public health is a population-based model that contributes to improved knowledge, attitudes, behavioural and circumstance change for whanau, hapu and iwi. Te Piringa Maori - Public Health engages a range of strategies such as health promotion, education and community development to improve Maori health outcomes across Southland communities. Te Piringa - Maori Public Health contributes to innovative, high quality programmes that:

  • promote hauora, wellbeing and healthy lifestyles
  • enable environments that support health, wellbeing and healthy lifestyles
  • minimise personal, whanau and community harm.

Kia Piki te Ora – Maori Suicide Prevention:
* Promote Maori Mental Health & Wellbeing

  • Reduce access to the means of suicide for Maori
  • Increase safe reporting by media of suicide
  • Contribute to improved Maori mental health services

Problem Gambling Public Health:
* Promote healthy public policy in relation to gambling harm

  • Encourage supportive environments to minimise gambling harm
  • Enhance the capacity of communities to define and address gambling harm
  • Maintain and develop accessible, responsive and effective interventions
  • Assist the development of people’s life skills and resilience in relation to preventing or minimising gambling harm

He Poha Oranga – Maori Public Health:
* Child Health & Parenting

  • Mental Health Promotion
  • Nutrition & Obesity
  • Infrastructure – Workforce & Organisational Development
  • Maori Health Promotion Outcomes Framework

Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Trust
92 Spey Street
Phone: (03) 214 5260 or 0800 925 242