Let's get real
People experiencing mental illness and addiction tell us that being shown respect and kindness by mental health and addiction workers is really important to their recovery. What you think, say and do can have an enormous impact on the recovery of anyone experiencing mental illness and/or addiction.
People working in services with the right knowledge, skills, values and attitudes make all the difference.
After extensive consultation, the Ministry of Health developed Let’s get real: Real Skills for people working in mental health and addiction. This programme focuses staff on the needs and lives of people using services. It's about putting people first and focusing on their recovery.
Te Pou works closely with district health boards (DHBs) and non-government organisations (NGOs) to help them bring Let's get real to life, ensuring everyone working in mental health and addiction has the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed for effective services.
We have developed resources to help services implement Let's get real, the enablers - including tools and learning modules, and workshops for leaders, managers and staff. By helping organisations build knowledge and skills in their workforce, Te Pou helps bring Let's get real into the heart of services and people's lives.
We are embedding Let's get real into all our work at Te Pou and see the value it adds to the quality of service delivery.
As time moves on, we will develop more resources to help services embed Let's get real.
You can use Let's get real in your organisation in a number of different ways. This website provides resources to help you understand what Let's get real is about and access tools and learning modules to bring Let's get real to life.
The Let's get real roadmap helps you navigate the different enablers and plan how to use them in your organisation.