Whānau support for tamariki mental well-being
Ann Grennell works with the tamariki and their whānau facing mental health issues has been recognized in the 2022 New Year honors and made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
For 30 years, Grennell worked as an advocate for children diagnosed with behavioral and mental health issues, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Children’s mental health, says Grennell, is not about anyone, not social status or culture.
Grennell helped develop Rostrevor House from a support group to mental health and social service provider Kaupapa Māori. Service has moved from Kirikiriroa, Hamilton to Waikato, Thames, Te Awamutu and Tokoroa.
Rostrevor House provides social work support which includes one-on-one and meaningful parenting activities and support groups for parents / guardians who have children with challenging behavior.
“Whānau deserves individual support and global support with the right specialists. It is important that families are well supported.
A member of the Waikato District Health Board (DHB) Local Advisory Board since 2010. Grennell is particularly proud of the DHB Children’s Group Governance Group which has created Children’s Group Teams to develop mental health services and addiction treatment for infants, children and adolescents.
Grennell is modest about her honor: “I’m humiliated and a little embarrassed. You don’t do things on your own. I accepted this recognition on behalf of the great team now and those of the past. It also pays tribute to the families with whom they work. “These whānau have to dig deep because they want to do the best they can for their children and we are here to help and support them. “