Canterbury & West Coast

Support groups / 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
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Phone: 021 029 31357
Email: chrisguerin (at) clear.net.nz

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) gmail.com

Comcare Trust

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

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

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.

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Phone: 03 365 9479

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 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) pndcanterbury.co.nz

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.

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Phone: 0800 688 732

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
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Phone: 03 940 9420
Email: info (at) tourettes.org.nz

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).

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Phone: 0508 927 654

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