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Some people you could talk to

  • Friends or family
  • Church support services - you could talk with a pastor, priest, or minister and some churches provide counselling and pastoral support
  • Your local Citizen's Advice Bureau may be able to tell you about support services in your area
  • Marae based community support services
  • Cultural group based community support services
  • The guidance counsellor or public health nurse at your school
  • Your local drop-in centre for youth

Depression support groups

These are the depression support groups that we know of. If you know of other support groups not listed here please email us the details.




Nelson & Marlborough

Canterbury & West Coast

Otago & Southland



Family, whanau and caregivers support groups

Auckland Single Parent's Trust
Self help group for single mums, dads & children. Lots of links to other websites.

Supporting Families (SF) National (branches listed) or SF Auckland

Carers Net NZ or email helpline, and information/support booklet

Parent 2 Parent

People Relying on People
(PROP), Hauraki Region

Whariki Centre, Challenge Trust - Whaiora & Family/Whanau Service, Papatoetoe: 279 8233

Equip run Family Whānau Groups in the North Shore, Rodney and West Auckland districts.

Caring for Carers, Christchurch Email

Lifeline 0800 543 354

0800 376 633

Depression Helpline 0800 111 757

Visit your GP or other doctor

Some Community Mental Health Services offer family support groups


Hearing voices support groups

Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ, support groups and advice for whanau/friends

Hearing Voices Support Group - Mangere East.
Where: Hindu Niwas, 2-30 Bukem Place, Mangere East
When: Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
Next Dates: 11th, 25th October, 8th, 22nd November, 13 December
Contact: Richard, tel: 022 649 8927


General support groups

Emotions Anonymous
A 12-step organisation similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. They meet weekly for the purpose of working towards recovery from emotional difficulties, visit the international website.

Is a mutual help mental health movement that provides support to people with mental health problems. Friendship is the special key to mental health. Groups meet weekly and are open to all. Provides friendly help for people suffering from anxiety, distress, depression or any sort of emotional problems. Membership is free and no referral is required. The national office is based at St Lukes, Auckland, phone (09) 846  6869, and there are groups in Auckland, Thames, Christchurch and Dunedin. See www.grow.org.nz.

jigsaw Peer Facilitation services - West Auckland
Run by people who have their own experience of mental health issues and recovery. The service is for people who are looking for ways to enhance their lives beyond their experience of mental illness. 


Postnatal depression support groups

Mothers' Helpers - Auckland
Mothers' Helpers brings support and practical help to many mothers that are struggling on their own as a single parent, or with Post-Natal Depression/ Distress. Mothers' Helpers is founded by Kristina Paterson, business owner of NZ Nannies International and Registered Nurse of more than 15 years. Offers MumSpace Cafe and Creche Service for $2/hour plus cost of coffee.

Post Natal Distress Support Network Trust - Auckland
The Postnatal Distress Support Network provides peer support groups, telephone support and information for women experiencing symptoms of postnatal distress, Auckland wide. It is our aim to offer a confidential, friendly, safe place for you to share what is going on for you, if you wish. Our services include:

  • Confidential, one-to-one telephone peer support
  • Regular peer support groups that you can attend when you want to
  • Wellness groups based in the principles of Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP). This group has an educational component and is run as a course over several weeks
For more information phone (09) 836 6967 or email pnd.org@xtra.co.nz 

Postnatal Psychosis Support Trust - Whangarei
Provides support and information for women, partners and families who are affected by postnatal psychosis. We offer one-on-one support, telephone support and monthly group meetings. Contact Denise Allen: 027 930 0327;postnatalpsychosishelper@gmail.com

Flying Pigs Down Under Support Centre - Whangarei
Support for women and their family dealing with postnatal psychosis. Offering a culturally open and a positive proactive environment with drop-in support, workshops and coffee and craft groups. The centre also works as an independent consumer advocate, offering information and assistance in seeking help and a consumer watchdog. The support centre is located at 1A Robert St, Whangarei CBD. Contact Denise M Allen on 027 9300327 or by email flyingpigsdownunder@gmail.com for more information. 

Well Women Franklin - Auckland

A telephone and peer support group with a weekly meeting, for women and families suffering with ante or post natal distress, depression or trauma. We provide childcare during the meetings so that women have space to talk freely. For further information phone (021) 158 8134 or email nzwellwomen@hotmail.com

Warkworth Mum's Support Group - Warkworth
This group enables mums to share their experiences and help each other with the changes around becoming a mother and also forms of postnatal distress. The group meets every Tuesday during term time at the Rodney Women's Centre, from 10.30-12.30. It is free to attend and children are welcome.  

Post Natal Support Group - Taranaki
Like Minds, Taranaki, 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at Women's Centre, 10am - 12pm, Ph 06 759 0966

Post and Ante-Natal Distress Support Group NZ - Wellington
Offers counselling, library, information, support meetings and seminar days, phone 04 472 3135 or email.

Post Natal Depression Marlborough
This charity offers mothers with postnatal depression a safe environment to talk about their experiences in confidence without the fear of being judged. Rebecca Nicholls on 03 5739177 or Rozanna McDonald on 03 5786491 or email (alternative email)

Nelson Post-Natal Depression Support Network
In 1989 the network formed from a group of women who had experienced postnatal depression and recognised the lack of support available. It has since grown to a service that provides information and offers support through trained and experienced volunteer support workers. They cover from Nelson to Motueka and provide telephone support for those in rural surrounding areas.

Plunket - National
Free phone: 0800 933 922

Mothers Matter (NZ) - National
Articles and links, including for support networks.

Everybody Online Forums - National
Scroll down to 'Post Natal Depression' thread.

Just Breathe - Postnatal Depression Online Support Group
An online forum open to registered users.

Parenting Place Postnatal Support Group - Auckland
Hosted at Parenting Place, run through the Post Natal Support Network Trust. This group is suitable for those with ‘babes-in arms' (i.e. not running about yet!). Mums enjoy a relaxed, safe and flexible atmosphere in a professionally facilitated, peer support group of fellow women at various stages.


Eating disorder support groups

Eating Disorders Association of New Zealand, National
(Replaced Eating Disorder Association (NZ) Inc)
EDANZ is run by parents of eating disorder sufferers in New Zealand who can offer support and help to families and carers.
Helpline, 09 522 2679 or email.

Overeaters Anonymous, National
Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating.

Central Region Eating Disorder Services (CREDS), Hutt Valley
(Replaced the former provider Eating Disorder Services after they withdrew from operation in December 2006)
Phone: (04) 461 6528 or email

EDEN (Eating Difficulties Education Network), Auckland

Phone 09 378 9039 or email info@eden.org.nz

North Shore Women's Centre, Auckland
Provides support groups for people living with or associated with eating disorders.
Phone 09 444 4618 or email.

NZ Eating Disorder Specialists, Auckland
Phone: (09) 526 4848 or email


Anxiety disorder support groups

Anxiety Support @ MHAPS, Christchurch
A non-profit organisation for people who experience, or support others who have, anxiety. Our full range services are free to anyone aged 18-65 living in Canterbury. All of our staff have personal experience of anxiety. Their journeys can be helpful to others who are seeking to recover from anxiety or who want to learn how to live well in spite of it. We offer information, peer support, education and access to client run support groups. Phone (03) 377 9665 or email

Anxiety Meet Up Group, Wellington
This group has been created for those in the Wellington area who suffer from a range of anxiety disorders, depression and other forms distress. It is a peer led support group that encourages and supports those in a friendly, easy going and non judgmental way. It is a place to share experiences, to offer advice and to comfort those who feel isolated and alone when times are difficult. It is also an opportunity to have some fun, to form friendships and to meet some new like minded and understanding people. This group deals with issues such as depression, social anxiety disorder, shyness, phobias, avoidant personality disorder, general anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and related anxiety problems. We are a group of average people who find discussing these kinds of issues in everyday normal life difficult. 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Support Group, Christchurch
Phone 03 366 0590 or email

Social Phobia Support Group, Christchurch
Phone 03 377 9665 or email 

Phobic Trust of New Zealand, Auckland and Wellington
Phone 09 846 9776 or 04 389 7210, or 24 hour support line 846 9776 or email Wellington and email Auckland


Men specific support groups

Essentially Men, Auckland

Essentially Men events support men to break isolation and connect more fully to their identity as men. In doing so they become more available to their families, loved ones and communities, and more in touch with their purpose.
(Groups held occasionally in Wellington and Christchurch)

Mens Sheds
A place for men to gather, work on projects, learn through educational workshops (including health) and support each other.

Menz Centre, Auckland
Have a range of information seminars and a support network for men going through difficulties due to relationship breakdown.

Men in Charge, Auckland
A supportive group providing a safe environment for males to talk honestly and openly about any issue that affects or has affected their lives. Hosted at Raeburn House on Tuesdays.

DIY Father - Fathers Guide to Parenting
Is an online interactive forum for dads that offers practical information about parenting from a male perspective, developed by a Wellington man.

Mens Trust, Christchurch
Workshops, support groups, seminars and a network for communicating the needs of men to the local community.

Canterbury Men's Centre
Offer a range of mens groups.

Men's Change and Support Group
A general support group for men going through change, difficult times, including depression - run through Manalive Auckland. Visit their website for more details.


Grief support groups

Grief Centre, Auckland
A registered charity established to assist and support those affected by grief and loss. The Centre runs a variety of support groups for those who have experienced a bereavement, and other forms of loss and grief. These vary throughout the year but past groups have included: Bereaved Parents, Bereaved Partners, Bereaved by Suicide, and the Seasons for Growth programme for adults. Contact (09) 418 1457 or info@griefcentre.org.nz

Growing Through Grief - North Island and Dunedin
Waiapu Anglican Social Service focussed on providing support for children and young people who are experiencing change, loss and grief.
The Seasons programme provides peer-support in age appropriate groups for between 5 and 18 years; in some centres groups are also available for adults.



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