Piritahi Hau Ora Trust delivered mental health, alcohol and other drug services, counselling and whānau counselling services for tamariki and their whānau on Waiheke Island.
The death of nine young people on the Island between 2012 - 2013 highlighted for whānau the lack of connection and coordination of local responses and supports. Rangatahi and whānau identified the need to make marae-based, multi-channel Waiheke Island-specific information, education and support available and accessible.
This Waka Hourua project comprises five inter-related parts included:
- Enhancing the co-ordination and development of the Waiheke Island Suicide Intervention roopu that formed after the six Island based suicide completions and three contagion and whānau related completions.
- Informing and educating whānau and community using the Waiheke Island Suicide Intervention roopu, RAID Movement, suicide prevention workshops (like ASIST) and rostered whānau support.
- Developing resources, including a social media communication tool targeting rangatahi on Waiheke Island.
- Initiating and supporting rangatahi to run a rangatahi run support group, recruiting through schools and learning through marae-based wānanga.
Developing effective anti-bullying programmes and policies in collaboration with all our schools and education facilities.