The Fono Healthy Minds
Sometimes life can be challenging, making it harder to move forward. LagiOla, our Healthy Minds services are here to help strengthen your wellbeing, your family and community.
If it's an emergency you must call 111
If you are in danger and need urgent help, call 111
The Fono Healthy Minds services
Here's how we work for you
Our LagiOla - Healthy Minds service is available to all patients and users of The Fono's services and Pacific people across Tāmaki Makaurau. Guided by Pacific values we encourage you to reach out, and will support you with tools and strategies for better physical and mental wellness.
Feeling really down or depressed
Anyone can have depression, it impacts people of all ages. One day we're up and the next day we're feeling quite low. Sometimes we're not sure why we're feeling this way. But it's ok.
Feeling more worried or anxious
Growing anxiety can sometimes take over you, which might leave you feeling a bit more fearful or anxious in situations. We can help you with tools to manage these moments.
Dealing with grief and loss
Loss of a loved one and things we are attached to can be hard. Our team can help you deal with grief and loss.
Get back on track with your physical health
Our team can also help you set goals for your physical health and maintain a healthier lifestyle as part of your overall wellbeing.
Feeling stressed with relationships or work
Stress is normal. It can make us feel tired and grumpy. It's part of being human. But if it overwhelms you, it can have a huge impact on your life, even making you feel physically sick. LagiOla can support you to deal with this.
Building bridges to community wellness
Sometimes through our talanoa, we often discover that we can help you better by linking you to other community activities and services. Our team can facilitate and support you in making those connections.
What can I expect?
Our LagiOla service provides talanoa and practical tools and strategies to help you cope better.
Make contact with us
Contact for you can be a referral from a Fono GP, other The Fono services or self-referral from you through the online form. Someone from our helpful team will call you within 48 hours from the receipt of contact.
We will call you within 48 hours
We'll call you within 2 working days, and ask you some questions to help us understand what support is needed and who is the best person to connect with.
We will book an appointment with you
An appointment will be booked for you at your chosen clinic location with the most appropriate person.
Further appointments may be booked in advance, after your first appointment once the type of support has been identified. These appointments can be in-person, phone or home visits where possible.
We're a team of highly trained and compassionate mind health specialists
Private and confidential. Choose how to communicate and talanoa with us, in-person, over the phone, video, or home visits. We work together with you to decide the best approach for you.
Our Psychiatrists are doctors that specialize in mental health. They diagnose and treat mental illness and emotional disorders, and can prescribe medication that your usual GP can't.
Our expert Psychologists specialise in understanding the human mind and behavior to help people overcome trauma and life's ongoing stresses. We offer therapy tools to improve your mental wellbeing, working with individuals, families, and groups of all ages.
Mind Health Practitioner (MHP)
They're registered counsellors with training in social work, counselling or occupational therapy. Our MHPs often work with individuals, families, or groups. They use a variety of intervention tools to help people cope and conquer life stresses.
Our Health Coaches help people learn self-management skills and introduce physical wellbeing into their daily routines to achieve a better quality of living for themselves. This support is usually over a longer period of time.
Community Service Worker (CSW)
We also have our Community Service Workers, who support people who need the extra hand to meet their goals in everyday living. To access this service, you'll have to be referred by a secondary mental health service or through our LagiOla clinic.
Our Cultural Navigators support families to access health and social services that can make a real difference in improving wellbeing. Whether your needs are short-term or require a longer commitment, they are dedicated to assisting families until their needs are met.
Need to talk now?
If you need someone to talk to urgently, these trusted services have trained counsellors, ready for you any time, 24/7. They will support you in confidence and will help you right away.
If you are in danger and need urgent help, call 111
- Free call or text 1737
- : call 0800 111 757 or free text 4202
- : call 0800 376 633 or free text 234. You can also use their online chat.
- : free text 5626. They help young people in particular
- : call 0800 787 797 or free text 8681
- : call 0800 787 799 or free text 8681
Connecting through talanoa
If you need someone to talk to or if you know someone who might need our help. Tell us below in confidence. We will call you within 2 working days from when you send the form.
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Have questions? We've got answers.
Frequently asked questions
Getting the care you need for your mental health can be overwhelming. Here are a few questions we get the most. If you don't see what's on your mind, you can use the search bar at the top of the page to look for what you need.
If you're enrolled with The Fono Medical, you can ask your GP or nurse to refer you. Otherwise, if you're not an enrolled patient, you can contact us using the form on this page. We will call you within 1-2 working days.
LagiOla is not an urgent service or an after-hours service. There are other services set up, equipped and ready to support people who might be feeling like you right now. They're called 'crisis services' and their contact details are:
North Shore (09) 486 8900 (24/7) Henderson (09) 822 8501 Rodney (09) 427 0360 Auckland City 0800 800 717 South Auckland (09) 261 3700
After hours: 0800 775 222
The term 'Mental health' can sometimes be overwhelming. It can be seen negatively, and you might feel unsure to seek support. But you know what - everyone is likely to feel the same way as you. Taking care of your mental health, what we like to call it here in LagiOla 'mind health' is a positive thing. Sometimes our mind is feeling healthy and good, and other times because of life stresses, it strains the health of our mind, and that isn't good at all. It's common for people to feel stuck when our mental or mind health is not so good. We use specific tools, intervention plans and external resources in our LagiOla service to help people come 'unstuck' and get back on the path to wellness. It might help to think of mind health like physical health. Sometimes you can become physically unwell. You might need to see your doctor to get advice, support and medication to help become physically well again. Mind health is the same, except instead of seeing your GP you might see someone from the LagiOla team.
It depends on what you need and the care plan we have for you. Some people will see 1 or 2 of our team members, only once and can get what they need to make changes. Others might need to be supported holistically by most of our staff for many months.
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