Auckland

Support groups / Auckland

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.

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Phone: 0800 269 4389 or 09 846 9776

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

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.
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Phone: 0800 862 342 ext. 9045 or 09 212 6823
Email: michelle.huang (at) asainfamilyservices.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: fiona (at) ed.org.nz

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

Goose Mothers

Goose Mothers is the term given to Korean women who leave their husbands and their homeland in search of better opportunities abroad for their children. This group based in Albany provides support and understanding for those who may feel isolated, lonely or depressed. The group meets every Monday morning.

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

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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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.

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Email: emma (at) SFAuckland.org.nz

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

NZ Eating Disorder Specialists

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

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Phone: 09 526 4848
Email: info (at) eatingdisorderspecialists.co.nz

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.

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

Solace Support Auckland

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

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Phone: Mark Wilson: 09 360 6410 or Robyn Duffy 09 425 6750
Email: solacesupport (at) paradise.net.nz

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

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: 027 277 2367 or 027 277 2383
Email: admin (at) fsauckland.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) 270 8543

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
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Phone: Viola Beintken on 021 082 12290 or Jo Vernon on 021 087 24617
Email: viola.counselling (at) gmail.com

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
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Phone: 09 418 1457
Email: office (at) griefcentre.org.nz

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.

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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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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