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.

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Phone: 09 531 4040

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.

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Phone: 09 360 0745
Email: admin (at) arahura.org.nz

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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Auckland North Shore Waves Group

Waves is an eight week programme that aims to support adults 18+ years old who have been bereaved by suicide.

Next group TBC

To register interest in attending or for more information, contact Equip Mental Health.

Phone: 09 477 0338

Auckland South Waves Group

Waves is an eight week programme that aims to support adults 18+ years old who have been bereaved by suicide.

Next Group TBC

To register interest in attending or for more information, contact Brooke Brake.

Email: Brooke.Brake (at) middlemore.co.nz

Auckland Waves Group

Waves is an eight week programme that aims to support adults 18+ years old who have been bereaved by suicide.

Next group TBC

To register interest in attending or for more information, contact Lila Vaganar or Lynda Delamore.

Phone: Lila: 09 390 1453 or Lynda: 09 390 1453
Email: sarsfield (at) delamoresupport.co.nz

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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Bipolar Support Group at DRIVE Consumer Direction

This monthly support group for those living with bipolar in the Counties Manukau area meets on the first Friday of every month (except January) from 10am-12pm at DRIVE Consumer Direction. People can get together and chat about how they manage life with bipolar. For more information contact Edith or Denise at DRIVE.

Address: DRIVE Consumer Direction, 28C Lambie Dr, Manukau
Phone: 09 263 6508
Email: hello (at) drivedirection.org.nz

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.
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Phone: 09 522 2679 or 0800 2 edanz
Email: info (at) ed.org.nz

Ember – Korowai Takitini

Ember – Korowai Takitini provides number of different services for people experiencing mental distress, people with addiction issues and people with intellectual disabilities.

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Email: info (at) ember.org.nz

Empathy Support Group, Hibiscus Coast/Orewa

For people who have lost loved ones to suicide in the Rodney or North Shore area.
Please get in touch with us via our Facebook page, or contact Brigitte Windor.

Phone: Brigitte Windsor: 021 102 8701
Email: brigitte.windsor (at) yahoo.co.nz

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
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Phone: 027 277 2367 or 027 277 2383
Email: admin (at) sfauckland.org.nz

Fixate: OCD support group

Fixate is a new support group for friends and families of people with OCD. The aim is to bring together people to share stories, information and possibly lobby for treatment or respite options. If you're interested in being part of the group, please ask to join the closed group Fixate on Facebook or email coordinator Megan Jones on megan@honestbob.co.nz

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Email: megan (at) honestbob.co.nz

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
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Phone: Nationwide enquiries: 09 846 6869 or 021 049 1360
Email: auckland (at) grow.org.nz

Hearts & Minds

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

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Phone: 09 441 8989
Email: info (at) heartsandminds.org.nz

Memory Loss Support Group

The group meets weekly on Wednesday mornings from 10am–12 noon at the Waiheke RSA.
No cost, all welcome. For details please contact Wendy Ford or Jules Adams at Piritaha Hau Ora on 09 372 0022

Address: Waiheke RSA
Phone: 09 372 0022

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.

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Email: admin (at) mindandbody.co.nz

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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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.

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Phone: 09 444 4618

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

Solace Support Auckland

A peer support group for people bereaved by suicide. All welcome. Solace meets regularly, on the second Saturday of every month from 9.30am to 12 midday. Solace also holds an annual candle lighting ceremony in November.

Phone: Mark Wilson: 021 998 949 or Robyn Duffy 09 425 6750

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)
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Phone: (09) 378 9134 / 0800 732 825

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
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Phone: (09) 378 9134 / 0800 732 825
Email: admin (at) sfauckland.org.nz

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
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Phone: (09) 378 9134 / 0800 732 825

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.

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

Together – Bereaved Parents Support Group

A peer support group welcoming parents who have lost a child of any age. The group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7pm–9pm (beginning 12 Feb 2019).

Address: Inverness Room, Bays Community Centre, 2 Glen Road, Browns Bay, Auckland
Phone: Jenny Bird 021 0228 0488
Email: TogetherBPSG (at) Hotmail.com

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.

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

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Phone: 021 158 8134
Email: info (at) wellwomenfranklin.org.nz

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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