Waka Hourua

Pasifika Psychology Fono

Pasifika Psychology Fono

The work completed by Dr Mila-Schaf has involved consultancy with over 112 Pasifika individuals, multiple groups, including Matua advisory councils, youth focus groups, clinical groups, retreats with Pasifika clinicians, and presentations with Pasifika mental health services. It is based on an understanding of Pasifika well being that is now being characterised and placed in the context of young people today. The material collated has resulted in the development of Motu-tapu, relating to healing, problem solving, constructing and experiencing the world and Mana Moana, a basic theory of wellbeing.  

This Waka Hourua project was about looking at specific aspects of the Motu-tapu landscape, and underlying Mana Moana theory in relation to suicide post-vention responses and creating Pasifika specific resources for communities, families, individuals, experiencing chronic suicide risk, and/or suicide contagion risk that are available for everyone to access and use.

In mining the Motu-tapu and Mana Moana material the various concepts in relation to suicide post-vention for distinct populations will be identified. What connects Pasifika peoples and the relationships between peoples, their environments, their physical and spiritual selves will be used as learnings and wisdom underpinning the design of the future resources.

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