Shaping the future
Pathways is constantly venturing into new territory. In doing so we are challenged and inspired to see ourselves through fresh eyes; to reflect, challenge and reinvent.
Pathways’ outcomes-focused approach is reflective of people’s growing expectation that mental health services must be responsive, innovative and flexible. One size does not fit all - support choices need to be variable and flexible enough to suit every individual.
At Pathways, we ask people what they want from us, talk with them to discover their aspirations and support them to make those aspirations a reality. Goals are personal, inherently special and come in all shapes and sizes. Many people with experience of mental illness say the things that make a difference to their recovery journey are the 'simple things' like practical support, a good house and a shared belief that people do recover.
Since Pathways began supporting people with experience of mental illness, there is one significant issue which hasn't been resolved - poverty. This includes the most obvious issue of financial poverty, but also the wider context including social, community and emotional poverty.
Research shows a strong link between long term unemployment and poor health. Unemployment leads to poor financial status, resulting in a lack of choice, limitations on living options, increasing debt and a lack of positive experiences. For most people, their work or other such meaningful activity is a key factor in their identity, as well as a means of social participation.
With this in mind, Pathways has a focus on employment as a way of addressing poverty and supporting people's wellbeing. We have made a strong commitment to building alliances with people and organisations related to employment, including Workwise Employment Agency.
At Pathways, we believe that primary and community health must be at the forefront of service delivery. Pathways, along with the wider health and social sectors, must form new partnerships, create smarter ways of working and build capacity and capability to change as quickly as change itself. In doing so, we believe we can create sustainable, efficient and effective recovery-focused services for the people and communities of New Zealand.