More young people (18 – 25) with mild-moderate mental health conditions will be able to access a wider range of age appropriate support faster, through a new Ministry of Health initiative; delivered by Tū Ora Compass Health PHO across the Greater Wellington area called Piki.

Launching in March 2019, Piki will aim to strengthen existing services, expand access options and the range of therapies available for this group of young people. The initiative will be evaluated by the University of Otago. The key support components of the initiative include:

Melon Health specialises in providing digital applications to support behaviour change programmes. The Melon emotional wellness programme will be offered to young people, providing additional support to counselling. For more information...
Peer support is help provided by and for people with similar conditions, problems or experiences. Peer support has the potential to complement other services such as counselling. Peer supporters act as a role model of recovery for the people they work with. For more information...
The 1737 service is a well-known national service providing free counselling services to people via phone/txt. This initiative will integrate with 1737 to ensure that if someone calls 1737, if needed the person can be enrolled with local support too. For more information...
A localised web site will make it easier to connect people looking for existing services e.g. 1737. Marketing will also focus on connecting with those that may need help within this age group.
The number of Primary Mental Health counsellors across the greater Wellington area will also increase to meet the needs of this population. Easy access for young people is key, so work with youth one stop shops, Tertiary Education health services as well as GP practices is underway. New therapists will be trained in recognised ‘talking therapies’ to help this group of young people.

Tū Ora Compass Health PHO are working with; Victoria University, Massey University, Te Awakairangi Health Network, the National Telehealth Service and Explore to develop Piki.