Support groups / Waikato

Centre 401 Trust

Peer and self-help centre for people with experience of mental illness. It offers individual recovery support, employment service, weekly workshops, Planet 401 Magazine, peer support and recovery information.

Phone: 07 838 0199
Email: admin (at) centre401.co.nz

Connect-Up Waihi

Connect-Up Mental Health Peer Support Group. This is a community support group, where you can meet up with friends and make new ones. Life skill activities, games, art and crafts. Meets weekly and includes monthly visit from Thames Stepping Out mental health organisation. Koha for Stepping Out visit ($2), otherwise free.

Address: Waihi Baptist Church
Phone: Karen Kersey 021 1916706
Email: kknoahspark017 (at) gmail.com

Evolve Peer Support Trust

A strength-based, recover-focused support group that enables, empowers and reclaims life within an atmosphere of unity and acceptance.

EVOLVE is a weekly support group that is facilitated by people who walk the talk.

This group has been created because there are power in numbers. You are not alone.
This is a place where we learn from each other, where we are able to share,
discuss and help along the way. Our philosophy is, “ We are the same, we just wear different shoes on different sized feet, taking different strides”. This captures the journey and the vastness of experiences where we learn from each other and grow with each other.

No Charge!

Support groups are held at:

306 Tristram Street, Hamilton
Tuesdays, 5pm–6pm,
Saturdays, 1pm–2pm

114 Down Street, Te Awamutu
Mondays, 5.30pm–6.30pm

Phone: 020 411 31815
Email: andre (at) evolvetrust.co.nz


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

Hamilton Waves Group

Date TBC.

To register interest in attending or for more information, contact Ross Woodhouse.

Phone: Ross: 027 692 0726
Email: ross (at) fairfieldbaptist.co.nz

People Relying on People

We are a regional and local support group for family and whānau who are caring for someone with mental illness or drug/alcohol addiction. We provide information, support, education and advocacy in a safe and confidential environment and organise retreats for carers.

Our Family Facilitator holds individual face-to-face and group meetings in Coromandel, Whitianga, Tairua, Thames, Whangamata, Ngatea, Paeroa, Te Aroha and Waihi. We also have a support person based at the Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre at Waikato Hospital, Hamilton. People Relying On People is a non-profit organisation. There is no charge for the services we provide however donations are always welcome.

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Phone: 07 868 9673
Email: propinc (at) xtra.co.nz

Progress to Health

Progress to Health is a community-based organisation providing individualised and group activities that enhance mental and physical wellbeing. They provide a range of services from helping people with daily living skills and assisting with vocational goals to providing training to help people achieve their personal goals.

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Promoting Mental Wellness

This group exists to educate, promote, support and organise mental wellbeing initiatives to benefit the lives of people in the community. It uses self-help principles and operates from a recovery and strengths-based focus. Located in Hamilton East.

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Email: pmwellness (at) ihug.co.nz

South Waikato (Tokoroa) Waves Group

Next group TBC.

To register interest in attending or for more information, contact Supporting Families in Mental Illnesses’ Waikato office.

Phone: Waikato office: 07 886 1568 or 0800 555 434
Email: tokoroa (at) sfwaikato.org.nz

Tokoroa Bereaved by Suicide Support Group

We meet at Tokoroa Hospital Library
Gate 1, Maraetai Rd
2nd Wednesday of the month

Phone: Launa-Anne Smith 0274166690 or Les Pinkerton 0221718533