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.

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Phone: 09 531 4040

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)

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)

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)

Changing Minds

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

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Phone: 09 623 1762.
Email: info (at)

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.

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Phone: 09 263 6508
Email: hello (at)

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)

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)

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

Email: megan (at)

Framework Trust

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

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Phone: 09 523 2790
Email: reception (at)

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)


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)

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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Mental Health in Tech

The IT industry can be a lonely place sometimes. Mental health issues, a lack of confidence or lack of support can make work more stressful, isolating and difficult than it needs to be. Our goal is to start a conversation about mental health and wellness in tech. We want to bring awareness to the many people suffering in silence, and provide them with a support network and resources to help.

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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)

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)

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)

Papatoetoe Hearing Voices Support Group

Tuesdays, 2pm – 3pm

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

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)

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)

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: 021 998 949 or Robyn Duffy 09 425 6750
Email: solacesupport (at)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)


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).

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Phone: 0508 927 654

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)

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)

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)

WRAP Training (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

Tuesdays, 10am – 12noon

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