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Arowhenua Whānau Services - Mental Health & Stop Smoking Services

Mental Health & Addictions Service, Kaupapa Māori


Mental Health Services

Programme Areas

Mental health, Addictions - drug & alcohol, Addictions - other, Smoking cessation

Programme Type

Coexisting problems – mental health & addictions, Community based support - other, Community based support - mental health, Face to face smoking cessation, Non-acute specialist mental health community services, Maternal smoking cessation


South Canterbury

Age Groups

Adult / pakeke, Older adult / kaumātua

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services

Referral Process

Arowhenua Whānau Services are privileged to be able to offer a free & confidential service supporting whānau who face challenges in relation to their mental & emotional wellbeing to persons within the South Canterbury region, regardless of ethnicity, or gender and those over the age of 13 who present with a diagnosis of mild to moderate mental health issue.

We accept self-referrals or referrals can be submitted with your approval by a whānau member, friend, GP or other community professional and we endeavour to respond within 7 days.

An initial Mental Health Assessment will be completed at the first session where needs will be identified, support clarified, and short- & long-term goals developed.  Just go to the wesite, click on Contact Us, complete the form and send it to us. Or you can drop in and self refer. You will be seen by someone who can help you fill out a referral form.

We present all referral forms to our Mental Health Team and then make contact with the referrer or the person.

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The role of the Mental Health Team is to provide community-based support and education in your home, in the community or at our service bases, whilst walking alongside those of you who have identified a need to utilize our service on your journey to well-being. 

This support is provided by our Mental Health Team – Katie (Registered Nurse), Sharyn (Registered Psychiatric Nurse) & Lisa (Support Worker).

The support we can offer may include:

  • Stress/Anxiety Management
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Addiction & sobriety support
  • Emotional growth & development management
  • Mood hygiene
  • Building resilience
  • Problem solving techniques
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Mindfulness training
  • Action Plans
  • Referral to other health providers, if appropriate

We may communicate with other persons involved in your life but will always seek your approval first. The exception would be if your safety was in question or you were at risk.

The most common mental health issues are Depression & Anxiety. If you are presenting with any of the following, you may need to seek professional support:


  • Little interest or pleasure in doing things
  • Feeling down, depressed or hopeless
  • Have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or sleeping too much
  • Feeling tired, unmotivated and/or lacking energy
  • Have a poor appetite or find yourself over-eating
  • Feeling bad about yourself
  • See yourself as a failure or feel that you have let someone down
  • Have trouble concentrating
  • Have other people commenting that you are speaking or moving slowly
  • Have people comment that you are extra fidgety or restless
  • Have had thoughts of harming yourself or that you would be better off dead (SEEK HELP URGENTLY)


  • Overwhelmed
  • Upset
  • Worried
  • Scared or unmotivated
  • Angry
  • Physically unwell

More information can be accessed on the following websites:

  • Depression Helpline - (Support, tools and information about depression and anxiety) – 0800 111 757 or text 4202
  • Healthline – (Advice and information from a trusted registered Nurse) – 0800 611 116
  • Safe to Talk (National sexual harm helpline for you or for someone else) – 0800 044 334 or free text 4334
  • Gambling Helpline (Support for those worried about gambling or the gambling of others) – 0800 654 655
  • Alcohol & Drug Helpline (Advice, information and support about drinking or other drug use) – 0800 787 797 or free text 8681
  • The Low Down (Helping young people who are stuck or anxious) – free text 5625 

If you need to talk or get information, free call or text anytime for support from a trained counsellor 1737

For a mental health or suicide crisis, call the SCDHB Mental Health Crisis team 0800 277 997


Contact Details

94 King Street, Temuka

South Canterbury

94 King Street
Canterbury 7920

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94 King Street
Canterbury 7920

This page was last updated at 10:07AM on May 26, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Arowhenua Whānau Services - Mental Health & Stop Smoking Services.