Kerri Butler

Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi

Kerri Butler is experienced in supporting and leading programmes around mental health first response and restrictive practice intervention. She sees mental health work as an opportunity to "make a difference in a field that she is passionate about."

To provide valuable support to others, Kerri brings strength, passion, and expertise in creating practical solutions within the lived experience sector. She leads by example, using her personal experiences to ensure the delivery of outcomes that are informed by and meaningful for tangata whaiora. 

In 2018, she led Te Kete Pounamu, the National Organisation of Māori with lived experience. Under her leadership, Te Kete Pounamu was able to establish national and regional networks of Māori with lived experience, provide platforms for them to come together, to korero and share aspirations; ensure Māori with lived experience were part of systemic change; challenge and expose bias and institutional racism; strengthen workforce development for Māori with lived experience and advocate for Māori to receive high-quality care.

She is the Director of and a Consultant at Take Notice for Mental Health and Addiction. Take Notice was the vision Kerri came up with during one of her final business papers while studying at the Open Polytechnic. This organisation promotes the voices of people with lived experience of mental health and addictions at all levels of service development and delivery. Kerri collaborates with others at Take Notice to evaluate and research kaupapa Māori initiatives, peer support, peer leadership, and service development.


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