Piki on track to help thousands of young people
The Government’s free youth mental health pilot, Piki, is on track to help an estimated 10,000 young people with mild to moderate mental health and substance use challenges across the Wellington, Hutt and Wairarapa areas over the next two years. Piki is now available in the Hutt Valley, with a celebration happening on Monday 26th August in Taita.
Piki supports young people (18 to 25-year olds) with mild to moderate mental health and addiction needs. Te Awakairangi Health Network is delivering the Piki initiative in the Hutt Valley in partnership with Tū Ora Compass Health PHO and key stakeholders (see background information below.)
“We are delighted to be offering free and innovative mental health solutions through the Piki initiative to a base of over 13,500 young people in the Hutt Valley. It’s encouraging that many young people in our wider region have received help so far,” says Bridget Allan, CEO of Te Awakairangi Health Network.
especially pleased to be removing access barriers for those
young people needing support who can now refer themselves
directly through the Piki website (www.piki.org.nz ) as well
as through their GP or practice nurse. Young people can
access strengthened support services online, by phone, peer
support navigators, and by talking face-to-face with
therapists,” she says.
Piki has been co-designed with help from a youth reference group and is complemented by comprehensive independent evaluation by Otago University to ensure this initiative is guided by strong evidence.