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Service update from MHAPS from August 2020 onwards

Wednesday, August 5, 2020   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: mental health, mental wellbeing, services, support, Advocacy

Update: 14th August 2020

MHAPS have moved quickly to implement infection controls under Alert Level 2 including notices, hand sanitiser, physical distancing, contact recording and discussing health and recent travel with new people coming to us. Please be prepared for these small changes if you’re coming into MHAPS Reception.

MHAPS are meeting with people face-to-face at their offices. They recognise however that some people still may feel vulnerable about coming in and so they can begin a relationship with you by phone or email (reception[at] or phone 03 365 9479).

First Step: Contact Us

This is how MHAPS always make a start with people who want to use their services. Just come and visit between 10am and 1.30pm - no appointment needed.

Staff will talk with you about whatever you want to tell them or they can start by explaining what we do if you prefer. The MHAPS’ worker you meet with will then suggest you onto whichever of the services seems most appropriate. They will then make follow-up contact with you in a few days.

MHAPS Drop-In Group

This is found to be an effective place for small numbers of people to be and connect whilst they are waiting for another MHAPS’ service.

1:1 Peer Support and Peer Advocacy

These relationship always begins by establishing a good connection between two people.

Peer Support workers provide valuable perspective and can assist you to reduce any feelings of isolation and disconnection you may be feeling. From there they develop a mutual understanding and agreement with you on how to work together and what to focus on.

Advocates can help you with issues that may arise in relationships with GPs and organisations like Work and Income, Tenants’ Protection Association, and many other services in Canterbury. Working with you an Advocate can help ensure you are heard and improve your service experiences. The advocacy team also includes two people who specialise in working with people who are struggling with alcohol or other drug issues.

Programmes and Groups

MHAPS provides several programmes that have been developed to meet specific needs. Most of these programmes are provided once every 3 months. Details of each are available when you meet with us a First Step or from your current MHAPS worker.

  • RecoveryWorks: A multi-workshop and individual coaching programme for those who experience moderate to high anxiety and are strongly motivated for change. Next programme will begin in early October 2020.
  • Thrive: A 6-week programme (12 hour) that assists people who have successfully used other programmes and services to transition the change and gains back into their everyday lives. The next programme’s start date is yet to be advised.
  • PeerZone: This series of individual 90-minute workshops - each of which is very practical - helps you to learn, or perhaps relearn, useful life skills. Workshops cover topics such as: Healthy Diet; Physical Exercise; Managing Conflict and Getting a Good Sleep.
  • Peer Discovery Groups: These are peer-facilitated topic-based 10-week groups that give people an opportunity to share experiences with one another, including any gains and losses. These groups are purposeful, starting with making connection and steadily moving forwards with anything that needs to change. The next programmes start in October 2020.

Latnam Community Centre

Latnam is back to meeting together at the same times on Fridays and over the weekend. The group has started a closed Facebook group called Latnam Meets for their members. This means that Messenger can also be used to keep in contact. If you are, or have been a member of Latnam, and you want to have access to the is facebook group or simply connect with people you know.

Contact Wendy for more information (03 365 9479 or wendy[at]

Youth Services from MHAPS

We have age appropriate people working with youth and young adults, broadly defined as those aged between 17 and 25+. The face-to-face group for youth has resumed, and this is very popular. There is also a Facebook Youth Drop In page as well as working together 1 to 1.

Contact Nina for more details of how access a youth worker, the next group or the Youth Facebook page (nina[at] or 03 365 9479).

Awareness Consumer Network

The Canterbury consumer network is back to meeting regularly and has a few initiatives underway.

There are plans in the making for a virtual poetry evening. Keep a look out for notices on the MHAPS page as well as the Awareness page for an invitation to Zoom into poetry.

Contact Claire for more information (awareness[at] or 03 365 9479).