Sometimes children and youth need support to get through difficult times. All our services are confidential and professional, with qualified and experienced staff who work specifically with youth.
otago, SOUTHLAND (including PACT YOUTH SOUTH), WELLINGTON, WEST COAST
Child and Youth Community Support
(mental health, intellectual disability)
Our youth community support workers get to know young people recovering from mental illness or with an intellectual disability in their own home/community and support them to achieve their goals.
We work alongside children and youth (and case managers where relevant) we help them maintain or improve their mental health, self-esteem and social skills. Staff can help young people find a job or figure out what there is to do in the community. Developing a routine for each day is important, including activities like school, sports, youth groups etc.
Our team has input and oversight from registered clinicians. Support is provided by trained mental health support workers.
OTAGO, SOUTHLAND (INCLUDING PACT YOUTH SOUTH)
Child and Youth Supported Accommodation
(mental health, intellectual disability)
We have supported accommodation in Dunedin and Invercargill for young people who can benefit from 24/7 staff support in a Pact home with other flatmates. Youth can work on goals, gain independence and improve their health.
Social networking centres
Young people with an intellectual disability benefit from a range of programmes at The Link in Balclutha and The Armitage in Dunedin.
SOUTHLAND (PACT YOUTH SOUTH)
In Invercargill we also have a day programme which can help if someone’s mental health is affecting their ability to attend school, work or other daily activities. This safe environment helps young people develop skills/strengths to return to their everyday routine. A teacher provides support for educational needs.
Family/whanau (MENTAL HEALTH)
In Southland, our family/whanau support workers can help the family of young people recovering from mental illness, by providing information on mental health and how best to support their loved one. Our support workers help families /whanau adapt to their family members' illness. They also provide advocacy for the family.
YOUTH ALCOHOL AND DRUG COUNSELLING SUPPORT SERVICE
(MENTAL HEALTH, ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS)
Our qualified, youth-friendly alcohol and drug counsellors work around the greater Wellington region providing 1:1 counselling or group sessions to youth aged between 10 and 19. We are based in many schools, as well as other community centres and services and also have clients see us on site.
Our AOD counsellors provide a free and confidential service which includes: assessments of alcohol or drugs and mental health, counselling, education, harm reduction and relapse prevention strategies. We are client centred and support our youth to achieve their goals.
Youth Navigator Service
(youth mentoring, alcohol and other drugs)
Our youth-friendly support workers, journey alongside our young people in the community to set and achieve their goals, helping to provide meaningful activities, strengthening relationships and connections in their community.
Co-Existing Problems – Early Intervention Service
We support youth with experience of mental illness, who are developing alcohol, drug, nicotine or gambling problems. We aim to reduce harm, give people accurate information and support younger people who are at risk of alcohol and other drug and co-existing related problems/dependence. Our staff screen, identify and assess people and provide intervention as required. We provide information and access to other support services in the community and liaise with other services to facilitate training and education for individuals, as well as whanau/family and/or carers.
It can be complex to explain how referrals are made to Pact so please get in touch if you want to find out how to access our services. We’ll bend over backwards to help you. Even if you are not eligible for government-funded Pact support, we have other options, including paying for Pact services privately (see individually-funded services) and our affiliated private service, (see Boost Personal Support Services).