What is a MAP?
A Mental Health Advance Preference Statement (MAP) is a way for you to let people know what you would like to have happen if you experience an episode of mental distress and are unable to communicate your preferences. It can give you a voice when you might not normally be heard because you are too unwell or not in a position to speak for yourself.
Johnnie Potiki, Consumer Advisor Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability explains in the video below that a MAP is a way to get a person’s choices across at a time when they may not be in the best position to be able to explain them to health professionals. The best time to create a MAP is when things are going well.
The links below contain detailed information about MAPs including common questions, a template for creating a MAP statement, and a guide to MAPs.
If you have any questions please contact Johnnie - Johnnie.Potiki@southerndhb.govt.nz or Heather Casey, Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Director of Nursing - Heather.Casey@southerndhb.govt.nz