Otago & Southland

Support groups / Otago & Southland

Empathetic People Support Group Network

We provide a safe space for people experiencing burn out, compassion fatigue and who work within the realm of the empathetic world to come together and meet up casually and gain support. This space is also available as an educational tool for people who want to learn more about empathy, compassion fatigue and burn out.

We meet every Friday at 6pm at OUSA (Otago University Students' Association).

Phone: Sharanya on 021 1279293

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

Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust - Bereavement Support Group

The Life Matters Suicide Bereavement Group meets first Tuesday each month (except in January) at 5.30pm in Dunedin.

We also host an online support group called Life Matters Bereavement Support Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/718945024850905/ and we can be contacted via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LifeMattersOtago or website http://lifematters.org.nz/

We also have coffee groups and meet whenever the need arises.

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Phone: Corinda Taylor: 021 293 0094

Otago Mental Health Support Trust

A service that provides support for adults with experience of mental distress. We have traditionally supported people with bipolar disorder and continue to do so. We offer peer support, advocacy, education and information.

Phone: 03 477 2598 or toll free 0800 364 462
Email: otagomd (at) ihug.co.nz

Supported Volunteering Programme

Volunteering Otago’s Supported Volunteering Programme. We support people in the recovery phase to explore volunteering as a means of re-establishing routines, goals and social connection.

Address: 283–301 Moray Place, Dunedin 9016
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Phone: Claire on 03 471 6202
Email: claire (at) volunteeringotago.org.nz

Waitaki Suicide Bereavement Support Group

All welcome for conversation, support and coffee.

This group meets on the third Monday of each month at 6pm.

Address: Dean O’Reilly Lounge, beside the Catholic Church in Oamaru
Phone: Carron Cossens 027 282 0615
Email: cossens.nehoff (at) gmail.com