Stepping Stone Trust - Community Mental Health Recovery Services | Our Services
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Our Services

Stepping Stone Trust (SST) operates both residential and community services. The following is a summary of each of our services, including a information on how to access that service.

MINDWISE

MindWise was established in 2016 as a joint initiative pilot programme by Stepping Stone Trust and the MindSight programme of the CDHB Adult Specialist Mental Health Service to help people in the community with problems related to emotional dysregulation and self-harm, which were not severe enough to meet criteria for the MindSight programme, but who still required targeted intervention. MindWise is a 12-week programme which uses a Mentalisation-Based Psychoeducational Group Therapy approach and provides participants with information and tools to grow the ability to understand and use the intelligence of emotions. Research data collected from participants during the pilot groups demonstrated a significant reduction in self-harm behaviour according to the self-harm index, and all of the participants reported that the material presented in the programme was useful in meeting their needs. The project was a nominee at the 2016 Canterbury Health System Quality Improvement and Innovation Awards.


Following the success of the Pilot Programme, Stepping Stone Trust has recommenced running the 12 week Mindwise Programme as of September 2017 with subsequent groups from February/March 2018 onwards. We invite referrals for the programme, however, candidates will likely be placed on a waiting list and contacted prior to a subsequent group for a screening appointment to ensure mutually a good fit.


For more information please read our brochure, available here and if you wish to submit a referral please send to mindwise@stepstone.org.nz.

Eligibility Criteria

The programme is aimed at those who…

  • Struggle with unstable emotional reactions
  • Struggle to maintain relationships
  • Have symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) but may not meet diagnostic criteria
  • Experience mild to moderate self-harm
  • Are aged 18 years and above
  • Do not meet criteria for the CDHB Mindsight programme
  • Able to commit to 12 x weekly evening group sessions with minimal absence
  • Willing to work on weekly reflection between sessions
  • Willing to participate in programme evaluation process

 

Services for Adults

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ADULT RESIDENTIAL

Our Adult Residential services provide assistance to people in their day-to-day recovery. Staff support people to maintain helpful daily routines, to live well with others, and to reach their goals, with the hope that people can move to more independent living.

Access to this service occurs via referral from CDHB Specialist Mental Health Services.

ADULT RESPITE

All of our Respite services provide a warm and supportive environment for short stays. Respite can be accessed in times of crisis, or this can be planned. There is also an option of a separate Respite service for women, in a quiet cottage setting. Our staff take care of meals, laundry and housekeeping, allowing guests to focus on getting well or keeping well.

Access to this service can occur via a GP, or CDHB Specialist Mental Health Services.

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT WORK

Community Support Workers visit people in their own homes on a weekly basis. This support is utilized to assist people in maintaining wellbeing, and achieving their goals.

Access to this service occurs via referral from CDHB Specialist Mental Health Services.

MOBILE MEDICATION SERVICES

Our Mobile Medication Service assists people to stay well by supporting them in taking medication regularly. Staff visit people in their own homes, delivering their medication and monitoring their wellbeing.

Access to this service occurs via referral from CDHB Specialist Mental Health Services.

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ADULT EMERGENCY HOUSING

SST has a limited number of beds available for those needing short-term accommodation while permanent accommodation is found. This service operates in conjunction with our Planned Respite service.

Access to this service occurs via referral from CDHB Specialist Mental Health Services.

Services for Children, Young People and Families

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YOUTH RESIDENTIAL

Youth Residential provides a stable, supportive environment for young people who need assistance with their recovery throughout each day. Young people are supported to attend their personal programmes and learn life skills which support them to flourish.

Access to this service occurs via referral from CDHB Specialist Mental Health Services.

YOUTH RESPITE

Youth Respite provides young people with the opportunity to have a change of scene and support to manage times of crisis.

Access to this service occurs via referral from CDHB Specialist Mental Health Services.

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YOUTH MOBILE

Youth Mobile is an intensive support option, with staff visiting young people in their own homes as frequently as required, with daily visits an option in times of crisis.

An additional guide to the Youth Mobile service, designed for CDHB Case Managers, is available here.

Access to this service occurs via referral from CDHB Specialist Mental Health Services.

YOUTH COMMUNITY SUPPORT WORK

Visiting young people weekly, our Community Support Workers provide regular input to assist young people to achieve their goals.

Access to this service occurs via referral from CDHB Specialist Mental Health Services.

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CAROLINE REID FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICE

The Caroline Reid Family Support service provides support to children and young people (aged 7-16) whose parents experience mental illness. This service provides education, support and fun activities for the children and young people, as well as support to parents.

Access to this service occurs via referral from CDHB Specialist Mental Health Services, or via referral from any agency working with the family.

COMMUNITY YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE (CYMHS)

This is a brief intervention service, offering young people up to six sessions to assist them to manage mild to moderate mental health and addiction issues. Young people can be seen at school, health clinics, or at home.

Access to this service can occur for a young person by self-referral, or a parent/caregiver or school staff member arranging an appointment. This service is run in conjunction with Purapura Whetu and Odyssey House. You can find a referral form here (link to Odyssey website).