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He Tipuana Nga Kakano Members
|Guy Baker - Consumer Leader, Tairawhiti|
Ko Hikurangi te Maunga
Sectors Linkages and Networks:
I am 58yrs of age, the oldest of two children, who is married with 2 school aged daughters in Y7 and Y8. I was educated at Gisborne Boys High School before embarking on a career within the public service working in regional (Gisborne and Wellington) and head offices (Wellington) of the Department of Maori Affairs and the Department of Social Welfare. Returning home in 1990 I entered the hospitality industry and by 1999 when I left to pursue tertiary study I was Functions and Assistant Manager of a local hotel and function centre. I then acquired a position as manager of a chartered club before moving to the Gisborne District Council in the Liquor Licensing division. In 2009 I pursued further study towards my degree whilst still employed and in my third year of study was diagnosed with severe depression from which counsellors advised that I had been suffering from for a number of years and that it had probably been masked by alcohol. However, I completed the year gaining the honour of valedictorian by which time my journey to recovery had commenced.
I gained a passion towards the awareness of mental illness to lessen the stigma and discrimination that my family, friends and I had been subjected to. Participating in Council’s Employee Assistance Programme I became a peer support for work colleagues who were suffering some stressful times. I also availed myself to some speaking engagements at other work places, participated in Mental Health Awareness Week having my story published in the local newspaper and Like Minds Like Mine national newsletter, sharing my story on Turanga FM radio and wherever else I felt the message should be spread. It is therefore a natural progression that I now find myself actually working within the mental health sector and particularly with Maori who unfortunately have unbalanced statistics in this arena. I am committed to continue the role in promoting; recovery, social inclusion, human rights, self-advocacy and cultural responsiveness.
Skills that I Bring:
|Herewini Rangi - Youth Peer Support & Advocacy, Tairawhiti|
|Jade Dix - Assistant Manager & Consumer Advisor, Taranaki|
Having been a user of services and working for both the Bridge program and the Needle Exchange, I have knowledge of how systems work or not and access to numerous people in which to gather feedback on any issues presented.
Profile: Greetings, I am a born and bred Taranaki girl, my people whakapapa back to Parihaka being members of Taranaki and Te Atiawa iwi. I am a Mother, partner, Grandmother of one beautiful moko who is almost 2 and a Coast Guard volunteer for the past 4 years. I was on OST for around 9 years. I have worked for the Needle Exchange for 7 years. Prior to working for the Needle Exchange, I was a legal secretary for 2 years in a family law practise. I have been working as a Consumer Advisor for the Salvation Army for 3 years and I also co facilitate a workshop via Supporting Families which helps people to speak to the stigma and discrimination they experienced when utilising Mental Health and/or Addiction services. These brave souls then go and speak about their experiences to 2nd year nursing students at WITT here in New Plymouth.
Skills that I bring:
I am really keen to be a part of He Tipuana Nga Kakano, not only to develop new skills but because I’m passionate about the people within the Mental Health and AOD sectors who don’t feel like they have a voice In my own experience, I know that the voice of the client is second-guessed in some cases. I am also aware that the statistics for Maori using Mental Health and or Addiction Services is alarmingly disproportionate to the rest of our population as is their rate of incarceration.
|Marlane Sherbone - Consumer Leader, Lakes|
Sector Linkages: Current position as Consumer Leader for LinkPeople attending meetings regarding: zero seclusion project, interviewing for compulsory treatment order research, strong involvement in development of the New Model of Care for the Lakes DHB Mental Health and Addiction Services.
Involved in presenting to the National Mental Health Enquiry. Current Consumer of mental health services in Rotorua, previous service user of local inpatient services, respite services, support workers, and activity centre attendance.
I have a lifelong (from age 17 years) history of periodic but intense contact with mental health services as well as long periods of wellness during which I have been able to work and achieve at a high level. I am diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, Recurrent and Treatment Resistant but current medication and therapy is very effective and once again I am able to function at a high level.
I grew up in Nelson and went to secondary school and university in Dunedin, where I met my husband.
We spent time overseas, including a year teaching English in South Korea, followed by a year in London where I worked as a nanny as well as support staff in a school for boys with learning, emotional and behavioural problems.
Returning to Auckland I worked in Public Libraries running children’s programmes as well as computer classes for the public alongside my customer service role.
After my second child I was involved in Mental Health Services as a consumer for some time before becoming involved in Toi Ora, and Arts Trust for people with mental illness, where I tutored a weekly group.
After moving from Auckland to Rotorua in 2014 I worked at Stand Children’s Services as Learning Support where I developed a small mental health programme for children staying in the health camp. Unfortunately another period of unwellness meant I was unable to work for a time. During this time I had a great deal of contact with mental health services and service consumers in Rotorua and so have a good knowledge of how service operate here.
Once well enough I began working as a casual employee for LinkPeople during which time I facilitated and presented groups working on the development of the Model of Care for the Lakes Region.
In my current role as Consumer Leader I am developing networks with consumers and providers and beginning to contribute to service development.
In addition to my own experience my husband also suffers from a mental illness and while at times he supports me through my difficulties, I have also supported him over the years in maintaining his wellness.
Skills: My academic background gives me solid literacy, computer, and research skills. My Master’s research involved developing a questionnaire, conducting a large number of interviews with participants from a broad range of age groups, data entry and analysis of results using SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences), writing an extensive literature review and producing a full written thesis. My master’s degree was awarded with distinction.
I also have well-developed interpersonal skills and a truly kind and compassionate disposition towards those suffering for mental illness or addictions. In my current role I am developing my leadership skills and have the opportunity to lead others to reach our mutual goals of improving services for consumers in the Lakes District Health Board region.
Arana Pearson - Eastern Bay of Plenty
Brendon Dolman - Waikato
- Sarah Gillingham - Taranaki
He Tipuana Nga Kakano is supported by the Midland Regional Mental Health & Addictions Network Team:
- Eseta Nonu-Reid - Midland MH&A Region Director
- Akatu Marsters - Midland MH&A Business Support Coordinator
- Steve Neale - Midland MH&A Workforce Planning Lead
- Belinda Walker - Midland Information Project Coodinator