Asian Mental Health Service (AMHS)
Asian Mental Health Service (AMHS) provides culturally and linguistically appropriate support for service users under the care of the mental health services of Waitemata DHB (WDHB). AMHS covers the whole catchment area of WDHB (Waitakere, North Shore and Rodney) and the regional forensic service.
The purpose of AMHS is to improve access for Asian communities to mental health services, especially for Asian migrants who have limited English skills and are unfamiliar with the New Zealand health system. AMHS endeavours to provide a seamless service and positive experience to service users and their families.
AMHS was developed in 2007 in response to the increasing demands of mental health professionals in supporting Asian mental health service users receiving treatment (recovery process). Difficulties in communication and engagement were identified as barriers to positive intervention outcomes due to huge differences in the perspectives and expectations between clinicians and their patients.
AMHS utilises an integrated cultural bridging model focusing on the provision of a communication and engagement service in liaising between clients and their psychiatry clinicians.
To promote the mental health and wellbeing of the Asian community
To promote and support the rights of Asian mental health service users
To provide quality mental health service
To promote mental health awareness in the Asian community
To create a stigma free environment