Auckland District Health Board – Tāmaki Mental Health & Wellbeing initiative

Auckland District Health Board (DHB) has engaged extensively with the local community to improve mental health and wellbeing in the Tāmaki suburbs of Glen Innes, Point England and Panmure in Auckland.

The Tāmaki Mental Health & Wellbeing initiative is a partnership between the Tāmaki community, Auckland DHB, primary health organisations and the DHB-funded mental health NGOs. As such it integrates all the components of health care into one initiative.

The initiative was co-designed and launched in 2015. It has developed a service called Awhi Ora – Supporting Wellbeing that integrates mental health NGO support with general practice. The available evidence shows the intervention is effective in reducing levels of distress from ‘moderate to severe’ at entry to ‘well to mild’ at exit.

The service now encompasses more than 40 general practices across two DHBs, with further linkages developed with social service providers and secondary schools in order to reach people who would be unlikely to engage otherwise. The initiative now spans far beyond Tāmaki to include other underserved communities, making the service available to a population of more than 150,000.