Rural Mental Health Service
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Outreach Rural Mental Health Service is a community based mental health service. It is a non-governmental and non-profit organisation working in conjunction with the local General Practitioners, visiting specialists and other relevant community agencies in Golden Bay and the Nelson area.

We have a multidisciplinary team of community health workers from a background in social work, psychology, nursing and education.

The following services have been developed over the years according to the needs identified by local community consumers, whanau and health professionals.

Intake, assessment and referral service 

Clients may refer themselves or be referred by General Practitioners, relatives, friends or other community agencies. An assessment will determine whether the clients are suitable for our service. Should the client be unsuitable, he/she will be referred to an appropriate agency.

Treatment and support 
Following an assessment a Case Manager is appointed. Together the client and case manager will devise an individual treatment plan. Support is offered to the client according to individual needs and may be on a short or long term basis.

24 hours 7 days per week psychiatric emergencies

  • 24 hour, 7 days a week on call emergency psychaitric response and support.
  • Outreach works in collaboration with the local medical centre and police services as required.
  • Help clients link to other services.
  • Provide support for the consumer and their family/whanau in crisis.

 Respite and short term accommodation

  • Outreach offers emergency respite accommodation for our consumers and other service providers.
  • Outreach offers short term (three monthly contract) transitional accommodation for our consumers.
  • Outreach has links with Kotuku (a consumer run organisation), respite accommodation in Upper Moutere. Clients can be referred by our service or refer themselves.

Co ordination of community and peer support groups in the community

  • Consumer programmes, such as anixiety management, grief/loss and DBT programmes, are available on a regular basis.
  • Nutritional and physical activities.
  • Social groups eg singing group, monthly trips over the hill etc.

The main purpose of the programmes/groups are:

  • Support of each other
  • Reduction of symptons
  • Develop personal responsibility
  • Promote personal goals
  • Develop social skills and enhance personal development
  • Break the isolation.
Location and contact details :

Rural Mental Health Outreach Service
34 Motupipi Street
Takaka 7110
Golden Bay 
Phone: +64 3 525 7647
Fax: +64 3 525 7133

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