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Auckland

Anxiety New Zealand Trust

The Phobic Trust (now The Anxiety New Zealand Trust) was first conceptualised by Marcia Read QSO and the late Mr David Ludbrook. Marcia went on to Form the Phobic Trust in 1980. A 24 hour voluntary phone line was established in 1983 and from this a trial clinic started in Parnell, with the main St Luke's clinic being created soon afterwards. It was officially Incorporated in 1987. The 24 hour help line continues to operate today.

If anxiety, panic attacks or phobias are interfering with your life or the life of one of your loved ones – contact the trust today.

Phone: 0800 269 438 or 09 846 9776
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Auckland Anxiety Social Group

This group is for adults only, so you have to be over 18 years old to join.

To help protect members' privacy, most details of this meetup group have been hidden from public view.

This is first and foremost a friendship group. It is not the intention of the group to replace professional therapy as there are no counsellors in the group. If you are currently under psychiatric care, you need to consult your doctor before joining.

Please answer the profile questions as honestly as you can, but note your answers are visible to other group members.

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Big White Wall

A clinically supported, professionally facilitated, self-managed, peer support community of people who are experiencing common mental health problems who are supported to self-manage their own mental health. Members are able to engage anonymously one on one, in groups or the wider membership, express themselves creatively, gain knowledge and self-awareness through available information resources.

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Bo Ai She: Chinese Mental Health Peer Support Organisation

Chinese mental health peer support organisation. Combined with Asian Family Services in 2011.

Phone: 0800 862 342

Eating Disorders Association of New Zealand

EDANZ is run by parents of eating disorder sufferers in New Zealand who can offer support and help to families and carers.

Phone: 09 522 2679
Email: info (at) ed.org.nz
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Empathy Support Group

A peer support group for people bereaved by suicide in the Rodney or North Shore areas.

Phone: Maureen on 09 424 5135 or 021 513506
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Friday Peer Recovery and Support Group

This group is led by two experienced peers. We meet weekly to offer and provide support to our fellow peers who may be struggling with mental health issues.

Meetings are Fridays, 12noon – 1.30pm. It’s the perfect way to ensure you are safe as we head into the weekend.

Come along and meet others in a relaxed and informal setting as we share the load and support each other.

Address: 54 Carruth Road, Papatoetoe 2025
Phone: 09 279 8233
Email: TroyM (at) recoverysolutions.co.nz
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Goose Mothers

Goose Mothers is the term given to Korean women who leave their husbands and their homeland in search of better opportunities abroad for their children. This group based in Albany provides support and understanding for those who may feel isolated, lonely or depressed. The group meets every Monday morning.

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Mangere East Hearing Voices Support Group

Where: Hindu Niwas
When: Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month, 5pm to 6.30pm

Address: 2-30 Bukem Place, Mangere East
Phone: Richard: 022 649 8927

Men's Change and Support Group

A general support group for men going through change, difficult times, including depression - run through Manalive Auckland. Visit their website for more details.

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Mothers' Helpers

Mothers' Helpers brings support and practical help to many mothers that are struggling on their own as a single parent, or with postnatal depression/distress. Mothers' Helpers is founded by Kristina Paterson, business owner of NZ Nannies International and registered nurse of more than 15 years.

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Network Mosaic

Network Mosaic is an initiative of and funded by Supporting Families in Auckland.
Connecting services in the Northern region to promote best practice for working with young people whose family/whanau experience mental health and/or addiction issues.

Email: emma (at) SFAuckland.org.nz
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North Shore Women's Centre

North Shore Women's Centre provides essential support services for women. These services include a free legal clinic, counselling, social work, information and referral and holiday programmes for young women.

Phone: 09 444 4618
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NZ Eating Disorder Specialists

Helping people and their families overcome eating disorders including compulsive over eating, anorexia and bulimia.

Phone: 09 526 4848
Email: info (at) eatingdisorderspecialists.co.nz
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Papatoetoe Hearing Voices Support Group

Where: Whariki Whaiora and Family Services
When: Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month, 3pm to 4.20pm

Address: 54 Carruth Road, Papatoetoe
Phone: Richard: 022 649 8927

Piripoho/Consolation Support Group

A peer support group for people bereaved by suicide on Waiheke Island.

Phone: Judy or Lisa at Hau Ora on 09 372 0022 or Tina on 09 372 9061 or Puhi on 021 023 00622

Post Natal Distress Support Network Trust

The Postnatal Distress Support Network provides peer support groups, telephone support and information for women experiencing symptoms of postnatal distress, Auckland wide. It is our aim to offer a confidential, friendly, safe place for you to share what is going on for you, if you wish. Our services include:
• Confidential, one-to-one telephone peer support
• Regular peer support groups that you can attend when you want to
• Wellness groups based in the principles of Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP). This group has an educational component and is run as a course over several weeks

Phone: 09 836 6967
Email: pnd.org (at) xtra.co.nz
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Postnatal Psychosis Support Trust

Provides support and information for women, partners and families who are affected by postnatal psychosis. We offer one-on-one support, telephone support and monthly group meetings.

Phone: 027 930 0327
Email: postnatalpsychosishelper (at) gmail.com

Raeburn House

Support and development programmes for those who experience depression and anxiety – many of which are free with a GP referral.

Phone: 09 441 8989
Email: info (at) raeburnhouse.org.nz
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Social Anxiety Hangout Auckland

This is a very casual, low key, all ages group aimed at providing a space for those experiencing feelings of social anxiety to grow more comfortable, and begin to overcome their fears.

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Solace Support Auckland

A peer support group for people bereaved by suicide. Meets regularly, and holds an annual candle lighting ceremony in November.

Phone: Mark Wilson: 09 360 6410 or Robyn Duffy 09 425 6750
Email: solacesupport (at) paradise.net.nz
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The Grief Centre

Provides support, advice & counselling to help those affected by grief and loss. The Grief Centre runs a range of support groups for people experiencing grief, including for people bereaved by suicide.

Address: 92 Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead, Auckland
Phone: 09 418 1457
Email: office (at) griefcentre.org.nz
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Warkworth Mum's Support Group

This group enables mums to share their experiences and help each other with the changes around becoming a mother and also forms of postnatal distress. The group meets every Tuesday during term time at the Rodney Women's Centre, from 10.30-12.30. It is free to attend and children are welcome.

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WAVES - Bereaved by suicide in Auckland

This practical, supportive educational group for 6-8 people is facilitated by professional counsellors and educators and runs over 8 weeks. Attendees are able to share thoughts and feelings about what's happened, discuss the nature of suicide and gain information and ideas about how to care for themselves and others, including children, after a suicide. The group is open to people 17 yrs + bereaved by suicide. Registration and attendance at a pre-group meeting is essential before attending this group.

Cost: Koha/Donation

Phone: Marina Young at Equip: 09 477 2448 or 021 815 412
Email: marinayoung (at) equip.com

Well Women Franklin

A telephone and peer support group with a weekly meeting, for women and families experiencing or are at risk of experiencing antenatal and/or postnatal distress We provide childcare during the meetings so that women have space to talk freely.

Phone: 021 158 8134
Email: info (at) wellwomenfranklin.org.nz
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Bay of Plenty

Bereaved by Suicide Support Group/Grief Support Services

You are most welcome to come along and be part of this supportive group and/or receive our bi-monthly newsletter. Free counselling is also offered.

Address: 147 Chadwick Road, Greerton, Tauranga
Phone: 07 578 4480
Email: support (at) griefsupport.org.nz
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Canterbury & West Coast

Bipolar Support at MHAPS

A service that provides support to people whose lives are affected by bipolar disorder and they are part of a larger organisation called MHAPS which stands for Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support. The Bipolar Support team offers peer support to friends and family members as well as those directly affected by bipolar. This can be one to one or in groups. They also provide information and run education sessions.

Phone: 03 366 5815
Email: enquiries.bsc (at) gmail.com
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Mothers Supporting Mothers

An incorporated charitable trust established in 1994 by two North Canterbury-based midwives, who recognised a need in the community for a professionally guided support group for mothers struggling with the demands of parenthood.

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Tourette's Association New Zealand

The Tourette’s Association of New Zealand is a parent-lead Association which aims to dispel the myths about Tourette Syndrome and to implement strategies within the health and education systems to support New Zealanders living with this neurological disorder.

Address: 301 Tuam Street, Christchurch 8011
Phone: 03 940 9420
Email: info (at) tourettes.org.nz
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Waimakariri Bereaved by Suicide Group

A peer support group for people bereaved by suicide in Waimakariri. Contact: Michael Wise 027 340 8325.

Phone: 03 745 9118

WAVES - Bereaved by suicide in Christchurch

This practical, supportive educational group for 6-8 people is facilitated by professional counsellors and educators and runs over 8 weeks. Attendees are able to share thoughts and feelings about what's happened, discuss the nature of suicide and gain information and ideas about how to care for themselves and others, including children, after a suicide. The group is open to people 17 yrs + bereaved by suicide. Registration and attendance at a pre-group meeting is essential before attending this group.

Cost: Koha/Donation

Phone: 03 366 9284 or 0800 876 682

Hawkes Bay

STAROS - Hawke's Bay Affected by Suicide Support Group

Facilitated group enabling those affected by suicide to talk and share freely with others similarly affected by suicide and ways to manage the impact it has on their lives.

Phone: Warren Brown 027 286 4071 or Sandra Pell 027 684 3033
Email: warren.janice (at) xtra.co.nz
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Nationwide

Perinatal Mental Health NZ Trust

PMHNZ is the National hub for information and resources.

Address: PO Box 58122 Whitby, Porirua
Phone: 021 024 82123
Email: pmhnzoffice (at) gmail.com
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Alzheimers New Zealand

Alzheimers New Zealand Incorporated is a not-for-profit organisation with 21 Alzheimers member organisations located throughout the country that provide support, information, education programmes and services appropriate to their local community.

Address: 4 -12 Cruickshank St, Kilbirnie, Wellington 6241
Phone: 0800 004 001
Email: admin (at) alzheimers.org.nz
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Anxiety New Zealand Trust

The Phobic Trust (now The Anxiety New Zealand Trust) was first conceptualised by Marcia Read QSO and the late Mr David Ludbrook. Marcia went on to Form the Phobic Trust in 1980. A 24 hour voluntary phone line was established in 1983 and from this a trial clinic started in Parnell, with the main St Luke's clinic being created soon afterwards. It was officially Incorporated in 1987. The 24 hour help line continues to operate today.

If anxiety, panic attacks or phobias are interfering with your life or the life of one of your loved ones – contact the trust today.

Phone: 0800 269 438 or 09 846 9776
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Balance NZ - National

A well-established national bipolar and depression support network, including resources and online forums.

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Big Black Dog message board and chat room

A NZ-run mental illness consumer peer support group available to all, online 24/7.

The Big Black Dog Message Board was started in August 2008 and currently has around 160 members (membership & registration is free but essential to post or visit the chat room). The message board is moderated and has become a safe haven for many who previously felt they had no voice.

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Eating Disorders Association of New Zealand

EDANZ is run by parents of eating disorder sufferers in New Zealand who can offer support and help to families and carers.

Phone: 09 522 2679
Email: info (at) ed.org.nz
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Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ

No support group in your area? Our hearing voices support groups are usually run by volunteers. If there isn't one currently in your area, you might want to consider starting one? If you are interested in doing so, please email us for some advice on how to proceed.

We also have a facebook group where you can join in and chat: fb.com/groups/hearingvoicesnetworkaotearoanz

Email: info (at) hearingvoices.org.nz
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Mothers Matter

Articles and links, including for support networks.

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Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating.

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Parent to Parent

Empowering families and whanau of people with disabilities and health impairments through support and information. Parent to Parent also deliver SibSupport NZ and Altogether Autism programmes.

Phone: 0508 236 236
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Supporting Families

Formerly Schizophrenia Fellowship New Zealand.

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Tourette's Association New Zealand

The Tourette’s Association of New Zealand is a parent-lead Association which aims to dispel the myths about Tourette Syndrome and to implement strategies within the health and education systems to support New Zealanders living with this neurological disorder.

Address: 301 Tuam Street, Christchurch 8011
Phone: 03 940 9420
Email: info (at) tourettes.org.nz
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Nelson & Marlborough

Nelson Postnatal Depression Support Network

In 1989 the network formed from a group of women who had experienced postnatal depression and recognised the lack of support available. It has since grown to a service that provides information and offers support through trained and experienced volunteer support workers. They cover from Nelson to Motueka and provide telephone support for those in rural surrounding areas.

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WAVES - Bereaved by suicide in Nelson

This practical, supportive educational group for 6-8 people is facilitated by professional counsellors and educators and runs over 8 weeks. Attendees are able to share thoughts and feelings about what's happened, discuss the nature of suicide and gain information and ideas about how to care for themselves and others, including children, after a suicide. The group is open to people 17 yrs + bereaved by suicide. Registration and attendance at a pre-group meeting is essential before attending this group.

Cost: Koha/Donation

Phone: Nelson Bays Primary Health, Karen Winton: 0800 731 317 or 03 539 1647

Northland

WAVES - Bereaved by suicide in Northland

This practical, supportive educational group for 6-8 people is facilitated by professional counsellors and educators and runs over 8 weeks. Attendees are able to share thoughts and feelings about what's happened, discuss the nature of suicide and gain information and ideas about how to care for themselves and others, including children, after a suicide. The group is open to people 17 yrs + bereaved by suicide. Registration and attendance at a pre-group meeting is essential before attending this group.

Cost: Koha/Donation

Phone: Northland Supporting Families Branch: 0800 789 134

Otago & Southland

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, Knox Church Hall room 4.

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.

Phone: Corinda Taylor: 021 293 0094
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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

Palmerston North

Bereaved by Suicide Support Groups

Peer support groups for people bereaved by suicide in Levin, Otaki, Manawatu and Horowhenua. Groups run by Rose Allan at ACROSS: Te Kotahitanga o te Wairua.

Phone: 06 356 7486
Email: rallan (at) across.org.nz
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Rotorua

Whanau Bereaved by Suicide Group

For suicide bereaved in NZ to connect and network with each other, co-ordinate events, meetings and resources available, and give collective voice.

Taranaki

Postnatal Support Group

Like Minds, Taranaki, 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at Women's Centre, 10am - 12pm.

Phone: 06 758 4957

Touched by Suicide Support Group

Peer support groups for people bereaved by suicide. There are two support groups in the Taranaki area, one in New Plymouth and one in Hawera. Contactable through: Supporting Families, phone 06 757 9300, Like Minds, Like Mine, phone 06 759 0966, or Victim Support 06 759 5519 Hawera Group contactable through South Taranaki Victim Support, phone 06 278 0274.

Waikato

Bipolar Waikato

This service is not a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, treatment or therapy.

Address: Hamilton Central Baptist Church, 33 Charlemont St, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Phone: Derek 022 044 0308 or 07 839 1773

EVOLVE – depression and anxiety support at Centre 401 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!!!

EVOLVE can be found every Tuesday 5pm – 6pm.

Address: 306 Tristram Street, Hamilton
Phone: 07 838 1099 or 022 1055 659

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.

Email: pmwellness (at) ihug.co.nz

Solace Support Hamilton

Helping people deal with the loss of a loved one to suicide - an opportunity to meet and talk with others who have suffered a similar loss. The support group is a self-help group where members can share their grieving experience, and receive and provide mutual support and empathy. Meetings fourth Thursday of month, 7pm - 9.30pm

Address: Saint David's Church Hall, 160 Rifle Range Rd
Phone: Aynsley and Dennis Parker 07 834 4395
Email: parkers (at) wave.co.nz
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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

Wairarapa

WAVES - Bereaved by suicide in Wairarapa

This practical, supportive educational group for 6-8 people is facilitated by professional counsellors and educators and runs over 8 weeks. Attendees are able to share thoughts and feelings about what's happened, discuss the nature of suicide and gain information and ideas about how to care for themselves and others, including children, after a suicide. The group is open to people 17 yrs + bereaved by suicide. Registration and attendance at a pre-group meeting is essential before attending this group.

Cost: Koha/Donation

Phone: Jill Renata 06 377 3081 ext. 704
Email: jill (at) sfwai.org.nz

Wanganui

Support Group for those Bereaved by Suicide

Welcomes in confidence immediate family, relatives, friends and others. We are here to support others by understanding their pain as we still walk our lives.

Phone: Bonny 06 343 7573 or 027 684 3386, or Chris 06 344 2223
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Wellington

ADD Assessment and Family Support Centre

Established by the ADD NZ Trust to provide medical care, support and assistance to children, teenage adolescents and adults with the neurological disorders ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder), and often associated disorders Asperger's, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia and Tourette's; their families, and associated professionals, to help assist them reach their health, educational, social and employment potentials.

Address: 2 Rhine Street (off Murray Street), Island Bay, Wellington, 6023
Phone: 04 383 5061
Email: addtrust (at) xtra.co.nz
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Alzheimers New Zealand

Alzheimers New Zealand Incorporated is a not-for-profit organisation with 21 Alzheimers member organisations located throughout the country that provide support, information, education programmes and services appropriate to their local community.

Address: 4 -12 Cruickshank St, Kilbirnie, Wellington 6241
Phone: 0800 004 001
Email: admin (at) alzheimers.org.nz
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Anxiety Meet Up Group - Wellington

This group has been created for those in the Wellington area who suffer from a range of anxiety disorders, depression and other forms distress. It is a peer led support group that encourages and supports those in a friendly, easy going and non judgmental way. It is a place to share experiences, to offer advice and to comfort those who feel isolated and alone when times are difficult. It is also an opportunity to have some fun, to form friendships and to meet some new like minded and understanding people.

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Central Region Eating Disorder Services (CREDS)

(Replaced the former provider Eating Disorder Services after they withdrew from operation in December 2006)

Phone: 04 461 6528
Email: creds (at) huttvalleydhb.org.nz
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Post and Antenatal Distress Support Group Wellington

Offers counselling, library, information, support meetings and seminar days.

Phone: 04 472 3135
Email: pnd.wellington (at) gmail.com
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ThroughBlue: support group for women with experience of depression

Two trained facilitators run the group. A $5 fee is appreciated to cover afternoon tea and facilities.

Email: throughbluenz (at) gmail.com
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Wainuiomata Grief Support Network

Support for those who are experiencing grief through suicide or other death, particularly in the weeks/months after the event when initial support has often ceased. The WGSN is a link and resource service only, and can advise of local professional support services. They do not provide grief counselling or crisis services.

Phone: 04 564 1338

WAVES - Bereaved by suicide in Wellington

This practical, supportive educational group for 6-8 people is facilitated by professional counsellors and educators and runs over 8 weeks. Attendees are able to share thoughts and feelings about what's happened, discuss the nature of suicide and gain information and ideas about how to care for themselves and others, including children, after a suicide. The group is open to people 17 yrs + bereaved by suicide. Registration and attendance at a pre-group meeting is essential before attending this group.

Cost: Koha/Donation

Phone: Skylight: 0800 299 100
Email: rs (at) skylight-trust.org.nz