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Kites

Mental Health & Addictions Service

Description

Kites advocates equal opportunities for, and consumer leadership by, people with mental distress and/or addiction issues.

Some of the ways we promote social inclusion and full citizenship rights are through: consumer leadership, peer support, facilitation, research and evaluation, anti-stigma and discrimination education and training, systemic advocacy, and through active partnerships & co-design.

Valuing, respecting and utilising people’s mental health experiences

Ka wāriu ka whakaute a ka whakapau e ngā wheako mate a hinengaro o ngā tangata

Fees and Charges Categorisation

Free

Fees and Charges Description

No fees apply.

Languages Spoken

English

Programmes

Buddies Peer Support Service

Buddies peer support service shares the hope of recovery with ‘peers’ who are currently experiencing mental health difficulties. Buddies provides services to the acute wards in Wellington (Te Whare O Matairangi) and the Hutt Valley (Te Whare Ahuru) hospitals. Buddies do not provide advocacy but can signpost to relevant advocacy services. “I think it’s a really special thing to be able to talk to someone who truly understands what you’re going through and is a living example that people can make it out the other side” If you would like to know more about Buddies, please email one of our friendly coordinators at buddies@kites.org.nz to find out more.

Programme Areas

Mental health, Addictions - drug & alcohol

Programme Type

Peer support (AOD), Peer / advocacy / group / family whānau support

Regions

Wellington, Hutt

Age Groups

Adult / Pakeke

Referral Types

DHB clinical services

Referral Process

This service is only available to current inpatients at Te Whare o Matairangi or Te Whare Ahuru.

Description

Buddies peer support service shares the hope of recovery with ‘peers’ who are currently experiencing mental health difficulties. Buddies provides services to the acute wards in Wellington (Te Whare O Matairangi) and the Hutt Valley (Te Whare Ahuru) hospitals.

Buddies do not provide advocacy but can signpost to relevant advocacy services.

“I think it’s a really special thing to be able to talk to someone who truly understands what you’re going through and is a living example that people can make it out the other side”  

If you would like to know more about Buddies, please email one of our friendly coordinators at buddies@kites.org.nz to find out more.

The Peer Tree

The Peer Tree is a peer support service developed by Kites Trust in 2016, which provides community support for young adults in Wellington City who experience mental distress. The Peer Tree was born out of a forum held by Early Intervention Service in 2014 who, after several conversations, found that, for young adult (aged 18-24 years old) service users they felt that their biggest need for their mental health recovery was more peer support in the community. For more details, please have a look at our Peer Tree website or email our Peer Tree Coordinator at youthpeer@kites.org.nz. Our Values Relating to others through our own mental health journeys. Creating safe spaces free of stigma and discrimination to help us navigate our mental wellbeing. Creating better stories for our lives. Becoming our own advocates for our mental wellbeing. Our Groups Our social groups are open to young adults who have had an experience of mental distress. They are safe spaces for people who are navigating their mental wellbeing who want to hang out or get creative. We know that coming to one of these groups for the first time can be difficult, so feel free to bring along a support person, or contact our Peer Tree Coordinator at youthpeer@kites.org.nz. Our Workshop We believe that we need tools and skills to support one another effectively in our mental wellbeing. We provide workshops to help us do this as safely and effectively as possible. Becoming a Leader Want to get involved? We are always looking for awesome young adults with experiences of mental distress to serve the community with us. For more details, fill in the form on our website and a staff member will get back to you.

Programme Areas

Mental health

Programme Type

Peer / advocacy / group / family whānau support

Regions

Wellington

Age Groups

Youth / Rangatahi, Adult / Pakeke

Referral Types

Self referral

Referral Process

The Peer Tree is a community based, peer support initiative specially for young adults between the ages of 18-30 years old experiencing mental distress. Young adults do not need a referral to come to our groups and can simply turn up.

If you would like to meet someone beforehand, please get in touch with our Peer Tree Coordinator at youthpeer@kites.org.nz 

 

Description

The Peer Tree is a peer support service developed by Kites Trust in 2016, which provides community support for young adults in Wellington City who experience mental distress. 

The Peer Tree was born out of a forum held by Early Intervention Service in 2014 who, after several conversations, found that, for young adult (aged 18-24 years old) service users they felt that their biggest need for their mental health recovery was more peer support in the community. 

For more details, please have a look at our Peer Tree website or email our Peer Tree Coordinator at youthpeer@kites.org.nz.

Our Values

Relating to others through our own mental health journeys.
Creating safe spaces free of stigma and discrimination to help us navigate our mental wellbeing.
Creating better stories for our lives.
Becoming our own advocates for our mental wellbeing.

Our Groups

Our social groups are open to young adults who have had an experience of mental distress. They are safe spaces for people who are navigating their mental wellbeing who want to hang out or get creative. We know that coming to one of these groups for the first time can be difficult, so feel free to bring along a support person, or contact our Peer Tree Coordinator at youthpeer@kites.org.nz

Our Workshop

We believe that we need tools and skills to support one another effectively in our mental wellbeing. We provide workshops to help us do this as safely and effectively as possible.

Becoming a Leader

Want to get involved? We are always looking for awesome young adults with experiences of mental distress to serve the community with us. For more details, fill in the form on our website and a staff member will get back to you.

 

Disability Assistance

Wheelchair access, Wheelchair accessible toilet, Quiet, low sensory environment, Support to make decisions, More space to move around

Additional Details

Face to face / Kanohi ki te Kanohi, Child / Tamariki friendly

Contact Details

First Floor
Riddiford House
94 Riddiford Street
Newtown
Wellington 6021

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Street Address

First Floor
Riddiford House
94 Riddiford Street
Newtown
Wellington 6021

Postal Address

PO Box 7017
Wellington 6242

This page was last updated at 12:56PM on November 9, 2023. This information is reviewed and edited by Kites.