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Mental Health & Addictions Service


Children Understanding Mental Health

Programme Areas

Mental health, Addictions - drug & alcohol

Programme Type

Peer / advocacy / group / family whānau support, Advocacy / group / family whānau support (AOD)



Age Groups

Child / Tamariki

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services

Referral Process

Contact us for more information about this programme.

Once we receive your referral, we will make a time to meet with parents/caregivers  to talk about the needs of each child.  We will collect any relevant family information and welcome lots of questions.


Children Understanding Mental Health is a free programme for children aged 8 to 12 who have a member of their family or whānau experiencing mental health and/or addiction challenges.

This is an activity based learning programme that aims to:

  1. Promote knowledge and understanding of mental health and addictions, teach coping skills, enhance the child's own well-being and provide language and information that matches their age and developmental needs.
  2. Provide a safe space for children to share their experiences and meet others with similar experiences

The 8-week programme covers:

  • getting to know each other/why we are here
  • talking about mental health and addictions
  • learning about feelings
  • understanding anger
  • managing worries, stress and grief
  • mindfulness/coping strategies
  • safety plan and celebration preparation
  • celebration and evaluation

Contact Details

This page was last updated at 3:28PM on November 11, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Atareira.