Support groups

Auckland

Affinity Services

Affinity provides support to people with mental illness in the community. If you live in the Auckland, Counties Manukau or Waitemata District Health Board areas you can access a range of free services provided you meet the necessary criteria for referral. Youth respite services are available for ages 13–24. Adult services include: adult crisis respite, family/whanau support, flexible community living support, Kaupapa Maori support, maternal mental health (including respite), occupational therapy, peer support, support for community involvement and supported employment.

Phone: 09 531 4040
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Anxiety New Zealand Trust

The Phobic Trust (now The Anxiety New Zealand Trust) was first conceptualised by Marcia Read QSO and the late Mr David Ludbrook. Marcia went on to Form the Phobic Trust in 1980. A 24 hour voluntary phone line was established in 1983 and from this a trial clinic started in Parnell, with the main St Luke's clinic being created soon afterwards. It was officially Incorporated in 1987. The 24 hour help line continues to operate today.

If anxiety, panic attacks or phobias are interfering with your life or the life of one of your loved ones – contact the trust today.

Phone: 0800 269 4389 or 09 846 9776
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Anxiety Support Groups

Anxiety Support group (St Lukes): Every other Thursday, 6–8pm.

Social Anxiety Support group (St Lukes): Every other Saturday, 3–4.30pm.

Family/Friends Group: Every Friday. Free education and support for family and friends (who support others with anxiety).

Bookings essential. For more information on the dates of the groups, please contact by email or phone below.

Phone: 09 846 9776 or ANXIETY helpline (0800 269 4389)
Email: clinic (at) anxiety.org.nz

Arahura Charitable Trust

Arahura provides levels one, two and three supported accommodation in central Auckland. Advocacy/peer support and social recreation/consumers: Crossroads Clubhouse provides day services for mental health consumers. Based on the International Clubhouse Model.

Phone: 09 360 0745
Email: admin (at) arahura.org.nz
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Auckland Anxiety Social Group

This group is for adults only, so you have to be over 18 years old to join.

To help protect members' privacy, most details of this meetup group have been hidden from public view.

This is first and foremost a friendship group. It is not the intention of the group to replace professional therapy as there are no counsellors in the group. If you are currently under psychiatric care, you need to consult your doctor before joining.

Please answer the profile questions as honestly as you can, but note your answers are visible to other group members.

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Big White Wall

A clinically supported, professionally facilitated, self-managed, peer support community of people who are experiencing common mental health problems who are supported to self-manage their own mental health. Members are able to engage anonymously one on one, in groups or the wider membership, express themselves creatively, gain knowledge and self-awareness through available information resources.

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Bo Ai She: Asian Family Services (Mental Health Peer Support Service)

We provide cultural support and recovery support for Chinese mental health consumers and their families. We merged with Asian Family Services in 2011. We run workshops and activities for our group members. Activities are held fortnightly on Fridays from 1–3pm.

Address: 128 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland. Activities are held at Auckland Baptist Tabernacle Church (ground floor) 429 Queen Street, Auckland.
Phone: 0800 862 342 ext. 9045 or 09 212 6823
Email: michelle.huang (at) asainfamilyservices.nz
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Changing Minds

Resource & networking centre providing informal peer support and advocacy with consumers across the greater Auckland region.

Phone: 09 623 1762.
Email: info (at) changingminds.org.nz
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CONNECT – Supporting Recovery Inc (formerly AMHS)

Committed to working with a recovery focus, flexibly and creatively to inspire hope, create choice and opportunities and encourage transformation and promote health and wellbeing. Services include: residential, Asian Responsive Service, dual diagnosis, peer support and EDGE Employment.

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DRIVE Consumer Direction

DRIVE is a vibrant consumer network for people with alcohol and drug issues and/or mental health issues in the Counties Manukau region. DRIVE stands for Development, Recovery, Information, Voice and Education. DRIVE run free hui, trainings and provide a link between our people and services. DRIVE also supports a peer for peer support group Thursday nights at Friendship House in Manukau City.

Phone: 09 263 6508
Email: hello (at) drivedirection.org.nz
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Eating Disorders Association of New Zealand

EDANZ is a charitable organisation of parents who have experience in supporting a loved one with an eating disorder. We provide support, practical advice and understanding for parents and carers so they can help their loved one recover. We also provide education and advocacy for early detection, improvements in recovery outcomes and a clear and accessible pathway to evidence based treatment. . We are the only organisation of its kind operating nationally. The information we provide is accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, we are not medical professionals and urge anyone concerned about health issues to seek professional advice.

Address: Based in Auckland with dedicated volunteers in Whangarei, Wellington and Christchurch.
Phone: 09 522 2679 or 0800 2 edanz
Email: fiona (at) ed.org.nz
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Empathy Support Group

A peer support group for people bereaved by suicide in the Rodney or North Shore areas.

Phone: Brigitte Windsor on 09 422 0452

Family/Whanau Support Group

Inviting all families/whanau from Waitakere, North Shore & Rodney. Supporting Families in Mental Illness provides a safe place for family, whanau and friends of people affected by mental illness. Have the opportunity to share your experiences, gain practical resources and strategies, and hear from guest speakers with mental health expertise. We meet every second Tuesday of every month, 6.45pm to 9pm.

Address: Unit F, First Floor, Building 2, 3 Ceres Court, Albany
Phone: 027 277 2367 or 027 277 2383
Email: admin (at) fsauckland.org.nz
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Framework Trust

Framework Trust's vision is to facilitate partnerships of opportunity and choice with individuals who experience ill mental health.

Phone: 09 523 2790
Email: reception (at) framework.org.nz
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Friday Peer Recovery and Support Group

For men and women with mental health issues and their whānau. Every Friday of each (8-week) school term, 12pm–1.30pm.

Address: 54 Carruth Road, Papatoetoe 2025
Phone: 09 279 8233
Email: whariki (at) emergeaotearoa.org.nz

GROW

GROW offers a supportive environment to help those who struggle to live well in the world. We are a community mental health movement with groups suitable for people recovering from mental illness, anyone suffering a crisis, and for those who need support to self-manage their daily lives. We offer friendship and support at weekly group meetings that are open to all. The meetings follow a routine format and embrace a 12-step program.

The GROW community are people who have been in your shoes and know how you feel. We have found our way back to wholeness and our passion is to help you do the same. No referrals are required, no fees are charged, however a small donation to meet group expenses is usual and voluntary.

Address: Auckland, Waikato, Christchurch and Dunedin
Phone: Nationwide enquiries: 09 846 6869 or 021 049 1360
Email: auckland (at) grow.org.nz
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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.

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Mind and Body

Mind and Body work across the mental health and addiction sector. It runs a consumer-led peer support service, providing individual, one-to-one and group peer support. It also provides education, training and workshops in mental health and addiction, including the Certificate in Peer Support.

Email: admin (at) mindandbody.co.nz
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Mothers' Helpers

Mothers' Helpers brings support and practical help to many mothers that are struggling on their own as a single parent, or with postnatal depression/distress. Mothers' Helpers is founded by Kristina Paterson, business owner of NZ Nannies International and registered nurse of more than 15 years.

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Network Mosaic

Network Mosaic is an initiative of and funded by Supporting Families in Auckland.
Connecting services in the Northern region to promote best practice for working with young people whose family/whanau experience mental health and/or addiction issues.

Email: emma (at) SFAuckland.org.nz
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North Shore Women's Centre

North Shore Women's Centre provides essential support services for women. These services include a free legal clinic, counselling, social work, information and referral and holiday programmes for young women.

Phone: 09 444 4618
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NZ Eating Disorder Specialists

Helping people and their families overcome eating disorders including compulsive over eating, anorexia and bulimia.

Phone: 09 526 4848
Email: info (at) eatingdisorderspecialists.co.nz
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Papatoetoe Hearing Voices Support Group

Tuesdays, 2pm – 3pm



Address: 54 Carruth Road, Papatoetoe 2025
Phone: 09 279 8233
Email: whariki (at) emergeaotearoa.org.nz

Piripoho/Consolation Support Group

A peer support group for people bereaved by suicide on Waiheke Island.

Phone: Judy or Lisa at Hau Ora on 09 372 0022 or Puhi on 021 023 00622

Postnatal Psychosis Charitable Trust

Provides support and information for women, partners and families who are affected by postnatal psychosis. We offer one-on-one support and telephone support.

Phone: 027 930 0327
Email: postnatalpsychosishelper (at) gmail.com

Raeburn House

Support and development programmes for those who experience depression and anxiety – many of which are free with a GP referral.

Phone: 09 441 8989
Email: info (at) raeburnhouse.org.nz
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Solace Support Auckland

A peer support group for people bereaved by suicide. Meets regularly, and holds an annual candle lighting ceremony in November.

Phone: Mark Wilson: 021 998 949 or Robyn Duffy 09 425 6750
Email: solacesupport (at) paradise.net.nz
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Supporting Families - Central Auckland

Supporting Families facilitates free monthly support groups for families, whanau and friends who are supporting someone in their mental health recovery. Share experiences, exchange information, learn different strategies of coping and managing your own needs and those of your loved ones, and hear from guest speakers.
Date: Third Tuesday of every month
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Address: 423 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland (please use the back door off Coleridge St)
Phone: (09) 378 9134
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Supporting Families - North Shore, Rodney, Waitakere

Supporting Families facilitates free monthly support groups for families, whanau and friends who are supporting someone in their mental health recovery. Share experiences, exchange information, learn different strategies of coping and managing your own needs and those of your loved ones, and hear from guest speakers.

Address: Unit F, First Floor, Building 2, 3 Ceres Court, Albany
Phone: 027 277 2367 or 027 277 2383
Email: admin (at) fsauckland.org.nz
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Supporting Families - South Auckland

Supporting Families facilitates free monthly support groups for families, whanau and friends who are supporting someone in their mental health recovery. Share experiences, exchange information, learn different strategies of coping and managing your own needs and those of your loved ones, and hear from guest speakers.
Date: Last Thursday of every month
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Venue: Awhinatia CMHC, 5-19 Great South Road, Papakura

Address: Awhinatia CMHC, 5-19 Great South Road, Papakura
Phone: (09) 270 8543
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Tailwind Support Groups for Children and Teens affected by Anxiety, Worry and Fear

The aim of these therapeutic support groups is to offer a safe place to share and normalise the participants’ experiences with anxiety, worry and fear. We will practice approved coping strategies and support each young person in developing their individual strategies that work best for their specific situation. Aimed at children and teens aged 8–17 years. Groups are broken down into appropriate age groups. Cost: $15 for a 90-minute session.

Address: 102 Main Highway, Ellerslie
Phone: Viola Beintken on 021 082 12290 or Jo Vernon on 021 087 24617
Email: viola.counselling (at) gmail.com
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Te Ata

Te Ata is a support centre based in West Auckland for the West Auckland community. They are a peer support service who offer educational, recreational and social support services to people who experience mental health issues and are aged over 18. They are here to help support you on your journey to recovery.

Phone: 09 837 0671
Email: te-ata (at) xtra.co.nz
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The Grief Centre

Provides support, advice & counselling to help those affected by grief and loss. The Grief Centre runs a range of support groups for people experiencing grief, including for people bereaved by suicide.

Address: 92 Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead, Auckland
Phone: 09 418 1457
Email: office (at) griefcentre.org.nz
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Walsh Trust

The Walsh Trust offers support services that promote recovery for people whose lives have been affected by an experience of mental illness. Services include short-term residential accommodation for older people, housing and recovery support services, life-skills programmes, Jigsaw peer-support, and the EmploymentWorks! employment service and vocational support. Services are predominantly West Auckland-based, but employment support services are also available on the North Shore.

Phone: 09 837 5240
Email: reception (at) walsh.org.nz
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Warmline

Warmline is a confidential non-crisis, non clinical phone service for service users who may be lonely, anxious, fearful or unable to sleep. The service can provide support and assist callers to problem-solve for themselves. Warmline is recovery orientated and empowers problem solving at a pre-crisis point. Contact: 0508 WARMLINE (0508 927 654).

Phone: 0508 927 654
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WAVES - Bereaved by suicide in Auckland

This practical, supportive educational group for 6-8 people is facilitated by professional counsellors and educators and runs over 8 weeks. Attendees are able to share thoughts and feelings about what's happened, discuss the nature of suicide and gain information and ideas about how to care for themselves and others, including children, after a suicide. The group is open to people 17 yrs + bereaved by suicide. Registration and attendance at a pre-group meeting is essential before attending this group.

Cost: Koha/Donation

Phone: John Snape at Equip 09 477 0653 or 027 249 3635
Email: john.snape (at) equip.net.nz

Well Women Franklin

Well Women Franklin offer a range of services for women and families experiencing or are at risk of experiencing antenatal and/or postnatal distress, These services include a 24-hour telephone support and free weekly peer support groups (morning and evening sessions), childcare is provided during the daytime meetings.

Phone: 021 158 8134
Email: info (at) wellwomenfranklin.org.nz
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Women's Centre Rodney – Personal Development Support Group for Women

This group helps you to feel empowered, supported and resourced to face life’s challenges, be connected to your local community and support networks and enjoy your current relationships and meet new people. Facilitated by Heidi Downey, we encourage learning, sharing, mindfulness and inner-growth in a caring and confidential environment. We meet weekly during term time on Mondays from 10am–12.30pm at 10 Morpeth Street, Warkworth.

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Work Foundations

Work Foundations is a regional DHB service (covering Waitemata and Auckland DHBs) that has provided people affected by mental illness with assistance in realising their vocational potential for over 40 years. They are an occupational therapy based service with a recovery focus, with staff who are health professionals and also have additional qualifications in career counselling and supported employment.

Email: work.foundations (at) waiatematadhb.govt.nz

WRAP Training (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

Tuesdays, 10am – 12noon

Address: 54 Carruth Road, Papatoetoe 2025
Phone: 09 279 8233
Email: whariki (at) emergeaotearoa.org.nz

Bay of Plenty

Grief Support Services

You are most welcome to come along and be part of this supportive group and/or receive our monthly newsletter. We also offer WAVES which is a grief education programme that aims to support adults bereaved by suicide in their understanding and management of grief and development of resilience. Subsidised one-on-one counselling is also available. Please phone for further details.

Address: 147 Chadwick Road, Greerton, Tauranga
Phone: 07 578 4480
Email: support (at) griefsupport.org.nz
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Junction

Peer support and advocacy for people with mental health and/or addiction issues.

Phone: 07 543 3010
Email: vicky (at) junction.org.nz
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Turning Point Trust and SAGE Career Support Service

Mental health and addictions recovery service. Based at the Historic Village, 17th West Avenue, Tauranga. Open Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm and Tues, 11am-3pm. Phone 07 5786934 or fax 07 578 9643. Their career support service is SAGE. Based at the same location. Open Mon-Fri 9am-3pm. Phone 07 578 6443.

Phone: 07 578 6934
Email: reception (at) turningpoint.org.nz
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Canterbury & West Coast

Awareness Canterbury – Consumer Network Action on Mental Health and Addictions

A consumer network for people who have experience of using mental health or addiction services or experience with distress. Free meetings are held on the second Monday of each month. They also run the Mad Poets Society, which holds monthly open mic nights and other events.

Address: https://awarenesscanterbury.com/
Phone: 03 366 8288
Email: awareness (at) mhaps.org.nz

Bereaved Parents Christchurch

This group is for parents whose child/children has died. We meet on the first Tuesday from February through to November at 5.30pm. Formal meeting is 6-7pm. Candlelight Service: December venue to be advertised.

Address: 248 Lyttelton Street, Spreydon, Christchurch 8024
Phone: 021 029 31357
Email: chrisguerin (at) clear.net.nz
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Bipolar Support at MHAPS

A service that provides support to people whose lives are affected by bipolar disorder and they are part of a larger organisation called MHAPS which stands for Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support. The Bipolar Support team offers peer support to friends and family members as well as those directly affected by bipolar. This can be one to one or in groups. They also provide information and run education sessions.

Phone: 03 366 5815
Email: enquiries.bsc (at) gmail.com
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Comcare Trust

Provides community support services, supported employment services, housing services, Activelinks physical activity service, peer support services and also intentional peer support training.

Phone: 03 377 7020
Email: enquiries (at) comcare.govt.nz
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GROW

GROW offers a supportive environment to help those who struggle to live well in the world. We are a community mental health movement with groups suitable for people recovering from mental illness, anyone suffering a crisis, and for those who need support to self-manage their daily lives. We offer friendship and support at weekly group meetings that are open to all. The meetings follow a routine format and embrace a 12-step program.

The GROW community are people who have been in your shoes and know how you feel. We have found our way back to wholeness and our passion is to help you do the same. No referrals are required, no fees are charged, however a small donation to meet group expenses is usual and voluntary.

Address: Auckland, Waikato, Christchurch and Dunedin
Phone: Nationwide enquiries: 09 846 6869 or 021 049 1360
Email: auckland (at) grow.org.nz
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MHAPS: Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support

A peer-led, Christchurch-based charitable trust working in the area of mental health and addictions. MHAPS was formed by a merger of Anxiety Support Canterbury, Bipolar Support Canterbury and Psychiatric Consumers Trust in July 2011 in order to provide a variety of services easily available to people experiencing mental distress/mental illness and addictions. All services are free of charge and no referral is required.

Phone: 03 365 9479
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Mind and Body

Mind and Body work across the mental health and addiction sector. It runs a consumer-led peer support service, providing individual, one-to-one and group peer support. It also provides education, training and workshops in mental health and addiction, including the Certificate in Peer Support.

Email: admin (at) mindandbody.co.nz
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Mothers Supporting Mothers

An incorporated charitable trust established in 1994 by two North Canterbury-based midwives, who recognised a need in the community for a professionally guided support group for mothers struggling with the demands of parenthood.

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PND Canterbury

A safe and supportive environment for mothers and primary care givers suffering from PND and other associated anxiety disorders. Held in Christchurch, each Thursday during the school term. Facilitated by a mum who has been there and done that. Childcare facilitator and volunteers look after children and babies. Afternoon tea and refreshments provided.

Phone: 021 131 4352
Email: admin (at) pndcanterbury.co.nz
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Step Ahead Trust

Step Ahead Trust provides social, educational, recreational and prevocational rehabilitation through activity-based programmes. Their aim is to enable people to live well in their community.

Phone: 0800 688 732
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Stepping Stone Trust

Community-based psychiatric rehabilitation, accommodation and support services.

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Tourette's Association New Zealand

The Tourette’s Association of New Zealand is a parent-lead Association which aims to dispel the myths about Tourette Syndrome and to implement strategies within the health and education systems to support New Zealanders living with this neurological disorder.

Address: 301 Tuam Street, Christchurch 8011
Phone: 03 940 9420
Email: info (at) tourettes.org.nz
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Waimakariri Bereaved by Suicide Group

A peer support group for people bereaved by suicide in Waimakariri. Contact: Michael Wise 027 340 8325.

Phone: 03 745 9118

Warmline

Warmline is a confidential non-crisis, non clinical phone service for service users who may be lonely, anxious, fearful or unable to sleep. The service can provide support and assist callers to problem-solve for themselves. Warmline is recovery orientated and empowers problem solving at a pre-crisis point. Contact: 0508 WARMLINE (0508 927 654).

Phone: 0508 927 654
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WAVES - Bereaved by suicide in Christchurch

This practical, supportive educational group for 6-8 people is facilitated by professional counsellors and educators and runs over 8 weeks. Attendees are able to share thoughts and feelings about what's happened, discuss the nature of suicide and gain information and ideas about how to care for themselves and others, including children, after a suicide. The group is open to people 17 yrs + bereaved by suicide. Registration and attendance at a pre-group meeting is essential before attending this group.

Cost: Koha/Donation

Phone: 03 366 9284 or 0800 876 682

Greymouth/Hokitika

Samaritans

Pease call 0800 726 666 or (04 473 0739 within Wellington) for confidential, non-religious, non-judgmental, emotional support.

Phone: 0800 726 666 or 04 473 0739
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West Coast Suicide Loss Group

Meeting monthly and alternating between Greymouth and Hokitika for shared activities. For details please phone Ian and Bronwyn Gray. The group meets at 6.30pm on the first Friday of every month for shared activities such as walks and pot luck meals.

Phone: 03 762 5812

Hawkes Bay

STAROS - Hawke's Bay Affected by Suicide Support Group

Facilitated group enabling those affected by suicide to talk and share freely with others similarly affected by suicide and ways to manage the impact it has on their lives. For more information email warren@staros.org.nz or sandra@staros.org.nz

Phone: Warren Brown 027 286 4071 or Sandra Pell 027 684 3033
Email: warren (at) staros.org.nz
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Whatever It Takes Trust (WIT)

Support for anyone who has mental health and addiction issues. Community support, social housing, residential services, advocacy, day centres, recovery programmes, return to work programmes and anything else our whaiora need. All sevices operate Monday–Friday and residential services are 24/7. The group is based in Napier but works throughout Hawkes Bay. Contact: or

Phone: 06 835 2154
Email: team (at) witservices.co.nz
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Womens' Depression Support Group: SODA Club (Sorting Out Depression and Anxiety)

SODA provides education about depression and anxiety, and group support for managing it. We meet every Friday 10:30am to 12noon at Central Connect Whare Manaaki in Waipukurau.

Address: 125 Ruataniwha Street, Waipukurau 4200
Phone: Mary Ellen Wierschem on 06 858 9891
Email: maryellen (at) centralconnect.co.nz
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Nationwide

Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa

Eliminating the stigma around perinatal mental health in NZ. PADA was formerly the Perinatal Mental Health New Zealand Trust (PMHNZ).

Address: PO Box 13010, Johnsonville, 6440. Level 2, 21-29 Broderick Rd, Johnsonville, 6027, Wellington
Phone: 04 461 6318 or 021 024 82123 (confidential answer machine)
Email: office (at) pada.nz
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ADHD National Support (adults)

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Alzheimers New Zealand

Alzheimers New Zealand Incorporated is a not-for-profit organisation with 21 Alzheimers member organisations located throughout the country that provide support, information, education programmes and services appropriate to their local community.

Address: 4 -12 Cruickshank St, Kilbirnie, Wellington 6241
Phone: 0800 004 001
Email: admin (at) alzheimers.org.nz
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Anxiety New Zealand Trust

The Phobic Trust (now The Anxiety New Zealand Trust) was first conceptualised by Marcia Read QSO and the late Mr David Ludbrook. Marcia went on to Form the Phobic Trust in 1980. A 24 hour voluntary phone line was established in 1983 and from this a trial clinic started in Parnell, with the main St Luke's clinic being created soon afterwards. It was officially Incorporated in 1987. The 24 hour help line continues to operate today.

If anxiety, panic attacks or phobias are interfering with your life or the life of one of your loved ones – contact the trust today.

Phone: 0800 269 4389 or 09 846 9776
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Balance NZ - National

A well-established national bipolar and depression support network, including resources and online forums.

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Big Black Dog message board and chat room

A NZ-run mental illness consumer peer support group available to all, online 24/7.

The Big Black Dog Message Board was started in August 2008 and currently has around 160 members (membership & registration is free but essential to post or visit the chat room). The message board is moderated and has become a safe haven for many who previously felt they had no voice.

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Eating Disorders Association of New Zealand

EDANZ is a charitable organisation of parents who have experience in supporting a loved one with an eating disorder. We provide support, practical advice and understanding for parents and carers so they can help their loved one recover. We also provide education and advocacy for early detection, improvements in recovery outcomes and a clear and accessible pathway to evidence based treatment. . We are the only organisation of its kind operating nationally. The information we provide is accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, we are not medical professionals and urge anyone concerned about health issues to seek professional advice.

Address: Based in Auckland with dedicated volunteers in Whangarei, Wellington and Christchurch.
Phone: 09 522 2679 or 0800 2 edanz
Email: fiona (at) ed.org.nz
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Emerge Aotearoa

Emerge Aotearoa provides a wide range of community-based mental health, addiction, disability support and social housing services nationwide. Their recovery and rehabilitation services are designed to empower people to reach their full recovery potential.

Email: info (at) emergeaotearoa.org.nz
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Engage Aotearoa

Engage Aotearoa makes it easier for people to find the hopeful understanding, practical strategies, treatment and community connections needed to recover from a mental health issue. All team members and trustees have personal experience of recovery or supporting someone they care about, and a professional skill-set to share. Engage Aotearoa is a small, home-operated business based in Auckland but its presence is mainly online.

Phone: 09 963 9455
Email: admin (at) engagenz.co.nz
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Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ

No support group in your area? Our hearing voices support groups are usually run by volunteers. If there isn't one currently in your area, you might want to consider starting one? If you are interested in doing so, please email us for some advice on how to proceed.

We also have a facebook group where you can join in and chat: fb.com/groups/hearingvoicesnetworkaotearoanz

Email: info (at) hearingvoices.org.nz
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Mothers Matter

Articles and links, including for support networks.

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Overeaters Anonymous

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

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Parent to Parent

Empowering families and whanau of people with disabilities and health impairments through support and information. Parent to Parent also deliver SibSupport NZ and Altogether Autism programmes.

Phone: 0508 236 236
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Pathways

Here you will find an overview of the wide range of mental health support choices that Pathways provide in eight regions.

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PeerZone

PeerZone is an international leader in peer-made resources for people with mental distress and their supporters. Developed by Mary O’Hagan, Sara McCook Weir and other peers in New Zealand, PeerZone has four work streams. We offer training and support for PeerZone Workshop facilitators; a collaborative online recovery toolkit; consultancy for consumer engagement and peer service development; and training and support on mental distress and wellbeing at work.

Email: info (at) peerzone.info
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Supporting Families - Central Auckland

Supporting Families facilitates free monthly support groups for families, whanau and friends who are supporting someone in their mental health recovery. Share experiences, exchange information, learn different strategies of coping and managing your own needs and those of your loved ones, and hear from guest speakers.
Date: Third Tuesday of every month
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Address: 423 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland (please use the back door off Coleridge St)
Phone: (09) 378 9134
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Supporting Families - North Shore, Rodney, Waitakere

Supporting Families facilitates free monthly support groups for families, whanau and friends who are supporting someone in their mental health recovery. Share experiences, exchange information, learn different strategies of coping and managing your own needs and those of your loved ones, and hear from guest speakers.

Address: Unit F, First Floor, Building 2, 3 Ceres Court, Albany
Phone: 027 277 2367 or 027 277 2383
Email: admin (at) fsauckland.org.nz
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Supporting Families - South Auckland

Supporting Families facilitates free monthly support groups for families, whanau and friends who are supporting someone in their mental health recovery. Share experiences, exchange information, learn different strategies of coping and managing your own needs and those of your loved ones, and hear from guest speakers.
Date: Last Thursday of every month
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Venue: Awhinatia CMHC, 5-19 Great South Road, Papakura

Address: Awhinatia CMHC, 5-19 Great South Road, Papakura
Phone: (09) 270 8543
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Tourette's Association New Zealand

The Tourette’s Association of New Zealand is a parent-lead Association which aims to dispel the myths about Tourette Syndrome and to implement strategies within the health and education systems to support New Zealanders living with this neurological disorder.

Address: 301 Tuam Street, Christchurch 8011
Phone: 03 940 9420
Email: info (at) tourettes.org.nz
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Vitae

Vitae is a Not-for Profit nationwide provider of workplace wellness and employee assistance services.

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Workbridge

Workbridge is a professional employment service for people with all types of disability, including people who have lived with the long-term effects of injury and illness. A Workbridge client will have been living with the effects of their disability, injury or illness for more than six months. Workbridge works at no cost for jobseekers and employers to match people to the right job.

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Workwise

Workwise works with people who are facing personal or health challenges and supports them to return to or stay in employment.

Email: info (at) workwise.org.nz
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Nelson & Marlborough

CARE Marlborough

Open to those who have had, or are having involvement with a mental health service. They offer an informal, comfortable and warm environment that provides opportunities for recreation, socialisation and a meeting place to share common experiences. They embrace and promote the principles of recovery and work from a strengths model. Open daily from 9am – 3pm.

Phone: 03 578 0302
Email: caremarlb (at) xtra.co.nz

Compass Peer Support and Advocacy Service (Health Action Trust)

Community Mental Health peer advocacy and support service aiming to empower tangata whai ora/mental health service users/caregivers to receive the best possible service in a culture of respect and recovery, by ensuring their voice is heard and their rights upheld. or or

Phone: 0800 212798
Email: compass (at) healthaction.org.nz
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Mental Health Consumer Advocacy Service

Offering peer-led advocacy and support to tangata whaiora/mental health services users within the Marlborough community. We walk with you, giving the support and information needed to ensure your voice is heard, and you are able to understand all aspects that relate to your recovery.

Phone: 03 579 5304
Email: mhconsumeradvocacy (at) xtra.co.nz
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Nelson Postnatal 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.

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WAVES - Bereaved by suicide in Nelson

This practical, supportive educational group for 6-8 people is facilitated by professional counsellors and educators and runs over 8 weeks. Attendees are able to share thoughts and feelings about what's happened, discuss the nature of suicide and gain information and ideas about how to care for themselves and others, including children, after a suicide. The group is open to people 17 yrs + bereaved by suicide. Registration and attendance at a pre-group meeting is essential before attending this group.

Cost: Koha/Donation

Phone: Nelson Bays Primary Health, Karen Winton: 0800 731 317 or 03 539 1647

Northland

Arataki Ministries

Community-based support for people with mental illness in Northland. Provider of residential, transitions, packages of care and community support.

Phone: 09 430 3044
Email: admin (at) aratakimin.co.nz
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Te Tai Tokerau Tangata Whai Ora Network (TTTWON)/Northland Consumer Network

Peer support and networking.

Phone: 09 438 4115
Email: arataki.consnet (at) aratakimin.co.nz
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WAVES - Bereaved by suicide in Northland

This practical, supportive educational group for 6-8 people is facilitated by professional counsellors and educators and runs over 8 weeks. Attendees are able to share thoughts and feelings about what's happened, discuss the nature of suicide and gain information and ideas about how to care for themselves and others, including children, after a suicide. The group is open to people 17 yrs + bereaved by suicide. Registration and attendance at a pre-group meeting is essential before attending this group.

Cost: Koha/Donation

Phone: Northland Supporting Families Branch: 0800 789 134

Otago & Southland

Empathetic People Support Group Network

We provide a safe space for people experiencing burn out, compassion fatigue and who work within the realm of the empathetic world to come together and meet up casually and gain support. This space is also available as an educational tool for people who want to learn more about empathy, compassion fatigue and burn out.

We meet every Friday at 6pm at OUSA (Otago University Students' Association).

Phone: Sharanya on 021 1279293

GROW

GROW offers a supportive environment to help those who struggle to live well in the world. We are a community mental health movement with groups suitable for people recovering from mental illness, anyone suffering a crisis, and for those who need support to self-manage their daily lives. We offer friendship and support at weekly group meetings that are open to all. The meetings follow a routine format and embrace a 12-step program.

The GROW community are people who have been in your shoes and know how you feel. We have found our way back to wholeness and our passion is to help you do the same. No referrals are required, no fees are charged, however a small donation to meet group expenses is usual and voluntary.

Address: Auckland, Waikato, Christchurch and Dunedin
Phone: Nationwide enquiries: 09 846 6869 or 021 049 1360
Email: auckland (at) grow.org.nz
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Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust - Bereavement Support Group

The Life Matters Suicide Bereavement Group meets first Tuesday each month (except in January) at 5.30pm in Dunedin.

We also host an online support group called Life Matters Bereavement Support Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/718945024850905/ and we can be contacted via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LifeMattersOtago or website http://lifematters.org.nz/

We also have coffee groups and meet whenever the need arises.

Phone: Corinda Taylor: 021 293 0094
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Otago Mental Health Support Trust

A service that provides support for adults with experience of mental distress. We have traditionally supported people with bipolar disorder and continue to do so. We offer peer support, advocacy, education and information.

Phone: 03 477 2598 or toll free 0800 364 462
Email: otagomd (at) ihug.co.nz

PACT

Support services for people recovering from mental illness, including day centres, supported accommodation, respite, peer support and advocacy.

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Supported Volunteering Programme

Volunteering Otago’s Supported Volunteering Programme. We support people in the recovery phase to explore volunteering as a means of re-establishing routines, goals and social connection.

Address: 283–301 Moray Place, Dunedin 9016
Phone: Claire on 03 471 6202
Email: claire (at) volunteeringotago.org.nz
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Waitaki Suicide Bereavement Support Group

All welcome for conversation, support and coffee.

This group meets on the third Monday of each month at 6pm.

Address: Dean O’Reilly Lounge, beside the Catholic Church in Oamaru
Phone: Carron Cossens 027 282 0615
Email: cossens.nehoff (at) gmail.com

Palmerston North

Bereaved by Suicide Support Groups

Peer support groups for people bereaved by suicide in Levin, Otaki, Manawatu and Horowhenua. Groups run by Rose Allan at ACROSS: Te Kotahitanga o te Wairua.

Phone: 06 356 7486
Email: rallan (at) across.org.nz
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Rotorua

Whanau Bereaved by Suicide Group

For suicide bereaved in NZ to connect and network with each other, co-ordinate events, meetings and resources available, and give collective voice.

South Auckland

Supporting Families - South Auckland

Supporting Families facilitates free monthly support groups for families, whanau and friends who are supporting someone in their mental health recovery. Share experiences, exchange information, learn different strategies of coping and managing your own needs and those of your loved ones, and hear from guest speakers.
Date: Last Thursday of every month
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Venue: Awhinatia CMHC, 5-19 Great South Road, Papakura

Address: Awhinatia CMHC, 5-19 Great South Road, Papakura
Phone: (09) 270 8543
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Taranaki

Postnatal Support Group

Like Minds, Taranaki, 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at Women's Centre, 10am - 12pm.

Phone: 06 758 4957

Progress to Health

Progress to Health is a community-based organisation providing individualised and group activities that enhance mental and physical wellbeing. They provide a range of services from helping people with daily living skills and assisting with vocational goals to providing training to help people achieve their personal goals.

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Touched by Suicide Support Group

There is one support group in the Taranaki area which meets once a month in New Plymouth. Contactable through Supporting Families (06 757 9300) or Victim Support (06 759 5519). The group meets on the second Thursday of each month from 7–9pm at the TSB Community Trust House, 21 Dawson St, New Plymouth.

Taupo

Progress to Health

Progress to Health is a community-based organisation providing individualised and group activities that enhance mental and physical wellbeing. They provide a range of services from helping people with daily living skills and assisting with vocational goals to providing training to help people achieve their personal goals.

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Waikato

Centre 401 Trust

Peer and self-help centre for people with experience of mental illness. It offers individual recovery support, employment service, weekly workshops, Planet 401 Magazine, peer support and recovery information, EVOLVE depresssion and anxiety support group.

Phone: 07 838 0199
Email: admin (at) centre401.co.nz
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EVOLVE – depression and anxiety support at Centre 401 Trust

A strength-based, recover-focused support group that enables, empowers and reclaims life within an atmosphere of unity and acceptance.

EVOLVE is a weekly support group that is facilitated by people who walk the talk.

This group has been created because there are power in numbers. You are not alone.
This is a place where we learn from each other, where we are able to share,
discuss and help along the way. Our philosophy is “ We are the same, we just wear different shoes on different sized feet, taking different strides”. This captures the journey and the vastness of experiences where we learn from each other and grow with each other.

No Charge!

306 Tristram Street, Hamilton
Tuesdays, 5pm–6pm,
Saturdays, 1pm–2pm

114 Down Street, Te Awamutu
Mondays, 5.30pm–6.30pm

Phone: 07 838 0199 or 020 411 31815
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GROW

GROW offers a supportive environment to help those who struggle to live well in the world. We are a community mental health movement with groups suitable for people recovering from mental illness, anyone suffering a crisis, and for those who need support to self-manage their daily lives. We offer friendship and support at weekly group meetings that are open to all. The meetings follow a routine format and embrace a 12-step program.

The GROW community are people who have been in your shoes and know how you feel. We have found our way back to wholeness and our passion is to help you do the same. No referrals are required, no fees are charged, however a small donation to meet group expenses is usual and voluntary.

Address: Auckland, Waikato, Christchurch and Dunedin
Phone: Nationwide enquiries: 09 846 6869 or 021 049 1360
Email: auckland (at) grow.org.nz
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People Relying on People

We are a regional and local support group for family and whānau who are caring for someone with mental illness or drug/alcohol addiction. We provide information, support, education and advocacy in a safe and confidential environment and organise retreats for carers.

Our Family Facilitator holds individual face-to-face and group meetings in Coromandel, Whitianga, Tairua, Thames, Whangamata, Ngatea, Paeroa, Te Aroha and Waihi. We also have a support person based at the Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre at Waikato Hospital, Hamilton. People Relying On People is a non-profit organisation. There is no charge for the services we provide however donations are always welcome.

Phone: 07 868 9673
Email: propinc (at) xtra.co.nz
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Progress to Health

Progress to Health is a community-based organisation providing individualised and group activities that enhance mental and physical wellbeing. They provide a range of services from helping people with daily living skills and assisting with vocational goals to providing training to help people achieve their personal goals.

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Promoting Mental Wellness

This group exists to educate, promote, support and organise mental wellbeing initiatives to benefit the lives of people in the community. It uses self-help principles and operates from a recovery and strengths-based focus. Located in Hamilton East.

Email: pmwellness (at) ihug.co.nz
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Tokoroa Bereaved by Suicide Support Group

We meet at Tokoroa Hospital Library
Gate 1, Maraetai Rd
2nd Wednesday of the month

Phone: Launa-Anne Smith 0274166690 or Les Pinkerton 0221718533

Wairarapa

Oasis Network Inc

Peer support, advocacy and information for people who live and work in the Hutt Valley or the Wairarapa who self-identify as having experience of mental distress, illness and/or addiction.

Email: admin (at) oasisnetwork.org.nz
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WAVES - Bereaved by suicide in Wairarapa

This practical, supportive educational group for 6-8 people is facilitated by professional counsellors and educators and runs over 8 weeks. Attendees are able to share thoughts and feelings about what's happened, discuss the nature of suicide and gain information and ideas about how to care for themselves and others, including children, after a suicide. The group is open to people 17 yrs + bereaved by suicide. Registration and attendance at a pre-group meeting is essential before attending this group.

Cost: Koha/Donation

Phone: Jill Renata 06 377 3081 ext. 704
Email: jill (at) sfwai.org.nz

Wanganui

Support Group for those Bereaved by Suicide

Welcomes in confidence immediate family, relatives, friends and others. We are here to support others by understanding their pain as we still walk our lives.

Phone: Bonny 06 343 7573 or 027 684 3386, or Chris 06 344 2223
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Wellington

Alzheimers New Zealand

Alzheimers New Zealand Incorporated is a not-for-profit organisation with 21 Alzheimers member organisations located throughout the country that provide support, information, education programmes and services appropriate to their local community.

Address: 4 -12 Cruickshank St, Kilbirnie, Wellington 6241
Phone: 0800 004 001
Email: admin (at) alzheimers.org.nz
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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.

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Central Region Eating Disorder Services (CREDS)

(Replaced the former provider Eating Disorder Services after they withdrew from operation in December 2006)

Phone: 04 461 6528
Email: creds (at) huttvalleydhb.org.nz
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Oasis Network Inc

Peer support, advocacy and information for people who live and work in the Hutt Valley or the Wairarapa who self-identify as having experience of mental distress, illness and/or addiction.

Email: admin (at) oasisnetwork.org.nz
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Phoenix Group

An independent unfunded group of Wellington consumer activists seeking better services.

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Post and Antenatal Distress Support Group Wellington

Offers counselling, library, information, support meetings and seminar days.

Phone: 04 472 3135
Email: pnd.wellington (at) gmail.com
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Te Ara Korowai

A peer support and creativity hub for people who would like to attend workshops to improve their mental health and wellbeing. We are open Monday–Thursday from 9.30am–1pm.

Address: 1 Weka Road, Raumati Beach, 5032
Phone: 04 299 6981
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ThroughBlue: support group for women with experience of depression

ThroughBlue is a Wellington-based support group for women with experience of depression. It has been running for more than a decade and is a registered charity. The group runs every Friday from 12.30-2.30pm and is facilitated by two counsellors. The cost is $10 waged, and $5 unwaged, per meeting

Email: throughbluenz (at) gmail.com
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Wainuiomata Grief Support Network

Support for those who are experiencing grief through suicide or other death, particularly in the weeks/months after the event when initial support has often ceased. The WGSN is a link and resource service only, and can advise of local professional support services. They do not provide grief counselling or crisis services.

Phone: 04 564 1338

WAVES - Bereaved by suicide in Wellington

This practical, supportive educational group for 6-8 people is facilitated by professional counsellors and educators and runs over 8 weeks. Attendees are able to share thoughts and feelings about what's happened, discuss the nature of suicide and gain information and ideas about how to care for themselves and others, including children, after a suicide. The group is open to people 17 yrs + bereaved by suicide. Registration and attendance at a pre-group meeting is essential before attending this group.

Cost: Koha/Donation

Phone: Skylight: 0800 299 100
Email: rs (at) skylight-trust.org.nz