CHristchurch peer support service stigmatised
A “vital” mental health service in Christchurch is at risk of closure unless it can raise $200,000 to fit out its new premises.

The Mental Health, Advocacy and Peer Support Trust (MHAPS) will have to leave its current premises on the corner of Colombo and Peterborough streets at the end of June because it does not fit with the “glossy and corporate” vision for the area.

MHAPS, which helps about 1500 people each year, found new premises on Madras St after struggling for months to find another affordable space due to high rents and stigma.

There are many forms of support available to you if you are struggling with a mental health or addictions issue.

People often make a start with individual support from a peer support worker. This is usually an easy relationship to start because all support workers have their own lived experience of a mental health or addictions issue. Straight away you are likely to feel less alone and better understood.

Depending on your needs talking with or meeting a peer support worker may be a just single contact or one of a series. Our focus is on helping you towards whatever your definition of living well is and often this work involves problem solving and thinking creatively.

Here are a number of ways in which this support can be provided.