The national ‘Growing Pacific Solutions’ (GPS) conferences are an effective platform to showcase innovative and integrated solutions that meet the needs of Pasifika families. An outcome of Le Va’s 2016 GPS conference was supporting the Pasifika mental health and addiction workforce at regional and local levels, through engagements and seminars.
Le Va responded by co-developing and co-facilitating one-day regional GPS seminars (in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington) last year. In 2017, regional mental health and addiction leaders prioritised mental health issues that were important for each region, - much of the discussion focused on suicide prevention.
The GPS seminars provide a platform where Pasifika mental health and addiction workers can discuss ways to support services and clients, to achieve the best possible outcomes for Pasifika people and their families.
The seminars have been co-developed by Le Va staff, and alumni from the Le Tautua leadership programme. This allows each seminar to reflect and be led by local mental health and addiction workers. The overarching objectives of the GPS Satellite Seminars are to:
For 2018, the government’s launch of a mental health inquiry is a once in a generation ‘call to action’ for Pasifika. As a result, the 2018 GPS seminars will take a specific focus on how New Zealand is preventing and responding to Pasifika people with mental health and addiction problems, and how systems and services can be improved for Pasifika people and their families. Read Dr Monique Faleafa blog on the mental health inquiry, and see you there. Le Va have arranged an excellent line up of experts from across the continuum.
Below are the dates and locations of the GPS Satellite Seminars:
If you'd like to attend, please register your interest.