Transgender Awareness Week 2018

As with any health services it can be a bit hit and miss about the care you receive and the quality of the staff.

Through my own personal experiences, I can say that there are some really good Case Workers and Doctors at Rodney Mental Health who I have found to really care and provide the service that you need. (If you are entering their service, you can feel free to talk to us about who to try and connect with).

I have also recently had experience with Piro Pono and have nothing but good things to say about the service and the PSW's (Peer Support Workers) Who have actually lived real life experiences with Anxiety, Addiction and Depression among other things.).

Piri Pono offer much needed care close to home for residents of the Rodney or North Shore districts,. The services are are located within the community close to a community mental health team, enabling us to provide care, support and short term accommodation for those requiring treatment and support.

Piro Pono are a peer run service that working in collaboration with the WDHB. They offer a real alternative to hospitalisation for people going through extremely stressful and emotional times, for up to a maximum of 10 days in a homely, personalised environment with a holistic approach to wellness.

Peer support staff and guests engage in intentional, mutual relationships, and share their stories to generate hope for mutual learning, and personal recovery. The team at Piri Pono support people in any or all aspects of their well being, including physical, emotional, social, cultural and spiritual and in line with the collaborative recovery plan.

The three principles and four tasks of Intentional Peer Support are;


  • From Helping to Learning Together
  • Individual to Relationship
  • Fear to Hope & Possibility


  • Connection
  • Worldview
  • Mutuality
  • Moving Towards

They also know how tough it can be to go home after a difficult and distressing time and will work alongside guests to make sure they have the necessary supports and resources they need for the transition back to life at home.

Their nurses on site are able to support guests with clinical needs and they liaise with clinical staff at the WDHB.

To access the service the Rodney Mental Health Team will first identify if Piri Pono is a possible option for you. They will discuss this with you and your family/whanau. Entry to this service also requires your agreement.

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