Lived experience of mental illness is valued by Pact.

 

SOUTHLAND AND WEST COAST

Consumer advisors (mental health)

Our mental health consumer advisors on the West Coast and Southland provide advocacy and peer support. Their job is to ensure consumers are involved at every level of Pact, have the chance to participate in activities and understand any new information.

We also provide leadership to mental health and addiction service providers from a service user’s perspective. We ensure all mental health services (not just Pact's) and addiction services are responsive to the needs of service users and that service users have input into service development.

This service might be for you, if you are:
•  An existing client of Pact’s mental health services
•  Mental health and/or addiction service provider

 

WEST COAST

Peer support (MENTAL HEALTH)

Pact West Coast’s peer support work service employs three peer support workers in Westport, Hokitika and Greymouth, all of whom have had experience of mental illness and can help others needing non-clinical support. People from all over the West Coast are referred to this service.

This service might be for you, if you are:
•  Are recovering from mental illness


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).


“[Peer support] is very powerful in helping us grow, learn from each other and challenge each other beyond what we thought we were capable of.”
— Former Pact Southland consumer advisor