Look through the information on this page, see what I have learnt over the years I have been learning, educating people and lobbying to get the services and facilities I am wanting to realise through this $30,000 Good Stuff grant.
It just so happens my field of expertise is stress disorders, psychology, poverty, politics, occupational therapy, law, sociology, suicide, I have been involved for almost 2 decades. I also have lived experience of being a terrorised vulnerable disabled women in our society interacting with ‘services’. I know where the problems are and how to solve 80% of them.
There is nobody as passionate as me about getting real effective support/services/resources to those who need it, most appreciate it and whose lives would be most positively impacted by it.
My ideas are based on professional health and rehabilitation models, along with disability and other constitutional laws in New Zealand and internationally.
Give me a chance, give this a chance, the extent of my knowledge and experience should be harnessed and used to bring change to the mental health sector – change years of governments and inquiries says need to happen but up until nobody had a plan how this was going to be achieved. What I am proposing is that plan.
It is important to recognise these facilities are a workplace, health care and training environment all rolled into one, with the support of volunteers – like people from the Mens Shed. They are not a drop in centre, everybody must have a professional rehabilitation plan and pathway to employment. This would not be appropriate for people with intellectual disabilities. ACC would be a significant funder of services, especially in the area of mental injury, through the regional mental health facilities. ACC have recently announced they intend to drop investing in fossil fuels, so now would be the time for them to invest in housing and service infrastructure for their mentally and physically injured claimants.
I can picture what they would look like, how they would operate, I can see it in my minds eye in operation, functioning really well. I can imagine myself walking through the large building, with two houses in varying states of completion being worked on by a large team of people.
Producing a house every fortnight, as teams of people from our working population also pitch in to get these facilities up and running to address the suicide and social issues that plague our society in 2020.
To imagine this throughout New Zealand, changing lives and statistics, taking Wairarapa and West Coast to the regions with the least amount of suicides, rather than the most. To New Zealand leading the world in this field, creating a more inclusive, equal and peaceful society.
I am so excited and so scared at the same time, after all these years to see something tangible and medically/occupational therapy based would be………………………… AMAZING.