Supporting our Pasifika and Māori youth to look after their mental health

Le Va is proud to announce the roll out of The Mental Wealth Project, a mental health literacy programme for young people and their families. 

The programme provides face-to-face education in schools, sports clubs, churches and communities, complemented by online support.

The team at Le Va has co-designed and tested the programme over two years, working with Pasifika and Māori rangatahi, parents, teachers, secondary schools, rugby league clubs, sports coaches, clinicians, mental health organisations, gamers, suicide prevention specialists and cultural knowledge holders.

Using a holistic, strengths-based approach, the programme supports people to learn how to look after their mental health and that of their friends and family – creating Mental Wealth.

Covering a raft of topics from anxiety, depression, grief and online bullying to myth busting, the  Mental Wealth website also features a live webchat function with Homecare Medical counsellors available 24/7, providing a safety net and access point for communities.

Online resources for gamers

As part of The Mental Wealth Project, Le Va recently launched Mana Restore, providing online information for gamers and their friends and whānau about mental health and wellbeing.

Funded by the Ministry of Health’s Pacific Innovations Fund, there is more to come from Mana Restore.  Face-to-face education with young people and parents is planned, aligned with Le Va’s Atu-Mai violence prevention programme, with the aim of supporting gamers to have safe and healthy relationships in and out of cyber-space and with their families.

Partnering with the NRL

Always looking for new opportunities to spread the word, Le Va and the Vodafone Warriors are now charity partners. This exciting partnership has seen Le Va able to get The Mental Wealth Project into 20 rugby league clubs across Auckland.

Published on: 28 May 2019