Awareness: Canterbury Action on Mental Health and Addiction
Forum will discuss how services can meet the needs of those experiencing addictions and mental illness
With the Ministry of Health beginning to focus on the needs of the significant proportion of people who experience
addiction issues alongside mental illness, regional DHBs have been required to reflect on how their services meet these
needs and make plans for improvement.
Mental illness and addictions which occur together for people, referred to as Co-Existing Problems (CEP) in Ministry and
DHB documents, are currently largely treated as separate health concerns, creating a situation where service users can
find it difficult to have their needs met in a holistic way.
Plans such as the ‘Draft Canterbury Plan for Co-Existing Mental Health and Addictions Problems’ aim to outline how
integrated services can be supportive of people with mental health and addictions diagnoses.
In response to this plan, Awareness, Canterbury’s mental health and addictions service user network, will be holding a
forum for consumers to share their views on what helpful CEP services could look like, and for service providers to
begin discussing how the NGO community sector can make use of CEP resources.
The need for community and peer support services aimed at meeting the needs of people with both mental health and
addictions challenges is great. In holding this forum, Awareness hopes to support the process of developing services
with consumer views taken into account.
Speakers confirmed for the forum include:
Fraser Todd, Senior Lecturer at the National Addictions Centre
Sandy McLean, Planning and Funding, CDHB, involved in developing the CEP plan
Beth Nobes, Service Delivery Manager, Consumer Advocacy Services at MHAPS
Angel Tanerau-Love, CEP peer advocate at MHAPS (Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support)
Marc Beecroft – Regional Alcohol and other Drugs consumer advisor on the Ministry of Health CEP steering group
The Awareness CEP forum will be held on Tuesday 27th March, 12.45-2.30pm at the Mental Health Education and Resource
Centre (MHERC), 403a Worcester Street, Christchurch. Entry is free and open to all interested, including people who have
used mental health or addictions services, service staff and mental health or addictions service managers.