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Supporting Families in Mental Illness - Manawatu, Palmerston North, Horowhenua, Tararua

Mental Health & Addictions Service


Family/Whanau Support, Education, Information & Advocacy Services

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, Youth / rangatahi, Adult / pakeke, Older adult / kaumātua

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services, Corrections

Referral Process

To access this service or for more information, please contact us at the location nearest you.

Support for families is provided through our Family/Whānau Co-ordinators who respond to requests for support both on the telephone and face to face in the family's home, at our offices or a place of the family's choice.


This programme provides information and education to families about mental illness and addictions, how to cope with the stress that supporting a family member with these issues can entail. To facilitate this service, we plan several education sessions throughout the year. We invite skilled professionals to share their knowledge and answer questions.

We supply a range of brochures, booklets and publications to families and the community, some they may borrow and some they may keep. Family/Whānau Co-ordinators run support groups throughout the year, which can be anything from meeting as a group in a cafe to a walk in the park, where families can get together and support each other.

Another important part of the support we offer is that of advocacy at family meetings with mental health services or other agencies such as Work & Income NZ and Housing NZ.

Contact Details

This page was last updated at 12:07PM on December 2, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Supporting Families in Mental Illness - Manawatu, Palmerston North, Horowhenua, Tararua.