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Auckland DHB Adult Acute Mental Health Unit - Te Whetu Tawera

Public Service, Mental Health, Mental Health & Addictions


Recovery is the guiding principle of care provided at Te Whetu Tawera (TWT).  Recovery means living well in the presence – or absence – of mental illness and the many losses that can come in the wake of mental illness.  Recovery is supported at TWT by: working with our service users to stay in touch with their community, minimising coercion, promoting choices, and most importantly by expecting recovery to happen.
We offer a range of programmes and activities that promote recovery through exercise, spiritual wellbeing, art, music, therapeutic relaxation, accurate information about medications and developing specific skills to help one live well in the presence of a mental illness. These skills include Distress Tolerance, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, managing auditory hallucinations (hearing voices).  Below is a sample calendar of activities to give you an idea about how a day at TWT is structured:

Sample Recovery Programme


 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
KarakiaCommunity MeetingTe Roopu PuawaiDomain WalkArt Therapy
Domain WalkSwimmingHearing VoicesMeet the PharmacistCBT Group
CBT GroupFoot SpasYogaAfternoon PrayersSwimming
Drumming (monthly)Physio GymDistress Tolerance SkillsRelaxation TrainingMovie

This page was last updated at 1:49PM on December 20, 2021.