An out of hours safe space for anyone experiencing mental health distress.
Te Puna Wai is run by Mana o te Tangata Trust, it will offer an out of hours local peer support service for whānau whaiora experiencing mental health distress. DHB staff will be available should tangata whaiora require clinical support. The café will be staffed on Fridays from 5pm – 10pm, and weekends from 3pm – 10pm with whānau whaiora, who have had their own experience with mental health crisis at some point in their past, available to talk. The facility is located at Mana o te Tangata Trust, 601 Featherston Street Palmerston North . No referral is needed to access this service and the team encourage anyone with whānau, friends, rangatahi – anyone who could benefit from some mental health support, to come and see the team.
We will be offering kai and hot drinks for all whanau in need of support as well as a wide range of games and puzzles and movies.
The café has been named by Desiree Smith a kaimahi at Mana o te Tangata Trust. She told us Te Puna Wai is a Spring. In this sense, a spring that has the capability of looking after those who require support. A Puna Wai is likened to a safe place or a place where you feel rested but also able to restore and re set or function. It’s a healing place. Many Puna Wai are like hot pool/springs, so in terms of Te Puna Wai, it holds a space to massage through/navigate a person/talk with people through a process or pathway of/towards wellbeing.