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How does your support help us? 

We provide support services for families who have a loved one experiencing mental health challenges, and help families begin their journey towards wellbeing.

New Zealand families need our support now more than ever.

The need for our support services has grown during Covid-19, as whānau have been forced to be together for longer than usual periods and have had to adjust to the ‘new normal’ of daily life.

  • Whānau are saying the stress and anxiety levels of their unwell family members, particularly young people living at home, have increased curing Covid-19.
  • As the impacts of Covid-19 continue and people’s ability to cope is reduced further, our services will be required even more.

 

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We want New Zealand whānau to thrive.
Will you help us?

We have been providing family mental health support services in New Zealand for 40 years and we are mostly reliant on local area District Health Board (DHB) funding. 

Part of our vision for the future is that we take the services we know work well and develop them further, so we can reach more families in need and throughout New Zealand.  

We want our family mental health support services to:

 

  • Become available nationwide
  • Meet the needs of all of New Zealand’s diverse whanau and communities
  • Meet the increasing demand from families for our support

To do this, we need your help.

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How your support will help us

With your help, we can expand some of our vital programmes so they are available nationwide and we can continue to provide our much-needed support groups.

Your donations will help us expand these services and more:

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Children’s Growth programme

Our innovative children’s growth programme supports tamariki and rangatahi who are experiencing challenges at home, school, socially, personally and as a family member. 

This innovative programme is used as a 1-on-1 tool for individual support and helps children work on their Growth Mindsets, so they can develop resilience, self-management, self-esteem and confidence.

Put simply, this programme helps New Zealand’s youth to grow, learn, build and flourish!

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Children Understanding Mental Illness (CUMI) programme

It can be difficult knowing what to say to children and how to support them as they try to cope with whanau mental health challenges. 

Without accurate information and support, children will reach their own conclusions about mental illness. They might feel scared, isolated and confused, but it doesn’t have to be that way. 

Our CUMI programme helps children get the support and encouragement they need to build their resilience, cope better and thrive.

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Stepping Out for Women programme

We understand that supporting a loved one with mental health issues is very challenging and often women put all their own needs on hold when doing so. 

The Stepping Out for Women programme helps women begin a journey of self-discovery and reconnect with who they really are. We cover a range of wellbeing topics in this programme and participants leave with strategies to live a fulfilling and happy life.

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Family Connections programme

This research-based programme provides help and support for whānau members who are supporting a loved one diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder or severe emotion dysregulation. 

It helps families to build their understanding of personality disorders and develop their coping skills, whilst also supporting family wellbeing.

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Suicide prevention support services

We know that for some of the whānau we support, part of the journey can be significant suicidal distress. This is challenging for everyone involved, but there are things we can do to help. 

Our support workers provide suicide prevention support, information, education and advocacy services that help families find a way through together.

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After suicide support services

The death of a loved one is one of life’s most difficult experiences and losing someone to suicide is particularly traumatic, with its own set of unique challenges. 

Our support workers have had the experience of losing a loved one to suicide and provide after suicide support services that help families navigate the complex journey they find themselves in.

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