Mental health and addiction
Le Va is proud to be valued as New Zealand’s national hub for Pasifika mental health and addiction workforce development. It’s important to ensure quality mental health and addiction services for Pacific people because our Pacific population has higher rates of mental illness and substance abuse than the general New Zealand population.
We have supported the development of a range of resources and information to enhance the quality of mental health and addiction services for Pacific people and their families. We also ensure a consumer voice in all of our work.
This includes ensuring frontline workers are supported to effectively engage with Pacific people and their families by providing cultural competency training and ongoing support. Part of our role is to ensure culture and care connect for Pacific families requiring mental health and addiction services.
Providing tools and resources to frontline workers also helps improve services for Pacific people, such as our talking therapies guide, and access to research and other best and promising practice tools for working with Pasifika populations.
You may also be interested in...
- Twelve-month prevalence, severity, and treatment contact of mental disorders in New Zealand born and migrant Pacific participants in Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey
- Exploration of Pacific perspectives of Pacific models of mental health service delivery in New Zealand
- Mental Health Foundation factsheets available in Pacific languages: Mental illness is part of our community