Canterbury & West Coast

Support groups / Canterbury & West Coast

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
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Phone: 021 029 31357
Email: chrisguerin (at)

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.

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Phone: 03 366 5815
Email: enquiries.bsc (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)

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.

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Phone: 021 131 4352
Email: admin (at)

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
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Phone: 03 940 9420
Email: info (at)

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

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