Mental Health Initiative - Āpōpō

Scripture Union NZ have put together an initiative to support people in this important area of mental health and suicide. What they have created is a short program that looks to act as an initial conversation to equip people with the basic tools to support those around them.

Their website explains it that Āpōpō:

  • Provides tools for helping ourselves, our friends and whānau.
  • Is based on biblical principles.
  • Looks at the warning signs of someone who is struggling.
  • Emphasises the power and practice of listening.
  • Recognises the importance of asking questions in a safe space.
  • Explores the concept, ‘Safe for now’.
  • Teaches skills that anyone can utilise, regardless of their qualification.
  • Embraces a holistic approach to health, best embodied in the ‘Te Whare Tapa Whā’ model.
  • Does not replace a professional approach. It is an initial conversation to equip people with the basic tools to support those around them
  • Āpōpō takes 2-3 hours to present. This can be done all in one block, or we can split the programme into an initial 2 hour block, with a 1 hour follow-up session at a later date.

I encourage you to look into it for your leaders, your youth and your church