In 2018, Te Pou and Matua Raki surveyed 232 NGOs about their workforce. The purpose was to estimate the size, composition and turnover of the NGO workforce delivering secondary care adult mental health and addiction services. The findings are compared to the previous (2014) More than numbers survey.
Key findings are:
Click here for the: 2018 More than numbers NGO workforce report
The mental health and addiction community sector workforce has evolved and diversified since its began in the 1980’s when people left the large psychiatric hospitals to move back to communities.
In 2007,the Mental Health Commission stated the following in Te Haererenga mo te Whakaōranga 1996-2006: “a new support-work occupational grouping has been a great workforce achievement of the decade, and a specific New Zealand innovation. Creating a new occupation in the non-clinical sector, with a tertiary certificate-level qualification, has allowed for the introduction of basic mental health and recovery-oriented training.”
In 2015, Dr Julia Hennessy undertook a landmark study of support work in New Zealand. “The role of the mental health support worker is different and complementary to the roles of other professionals working in mental health services. Mental health support workers facilitate the consumer’s journey of recovery. They are able to spend time with mental health consumers and not have those interactions restricted through legislation. Mental health support workers provide the human contact sought by mental health consumers because their role is seen as non-clinical and non-judgmental." Julia Hennessy