Palmerston North Ph: 06 355 8561   |   Levin Ph: 06 368 6116   |   Dannevirke Ph: 06 374 8797

Family / Whānau

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Family / Whānau

Manawatu Supporting Families believes that family/whanau provide the greatest support to the mental health person. Manawatu Supporting Families provides a safe environment built upon trust, honesty, empathy and professionalism which is guaranteed at all times. We are committed to listening and respecting people and providing them with opportunities, information and education. We will walk alongside the family and positively encourage and enable families to achieve wellness.

Staff are accessible to families and endeavour to meet their needs and be a reliable support in a time of great difficulty. You are not alone, we are only a phone call away.

Supporting Families in Mental Illness Manawatu provides

  • Information about mental illness.
  • Education individuallly and as a group.
  • Support for all whose lives are affected by mental illness.
  • Advocacy in helping people to get more from services.
  • Public Education
  • Regular Newsletters
  • Peer Support Centre for all whose lives are affected by mental illness.

When receiving our services you have the right.......

  • to be respected.
  • to have your confidentiality respected.
  • to have a safe environment.
  • to be taken seriously and to be heard.
  • to be free from discrimination based on ethnicity, religion, age and disability.
  • to withdraw  from services or say \\\\\\\"no\\\\\\\".
  • to be well informed about our organisation and about the way our service operates, and to be kept in touch with any new developments.
  • to be acknowledged.
  • to a service that is easily accessed, responsive and has a fair complaints procedure.
  • to provide feedback on support received and have input into service provision.

We all know that people do not experience mental illness in isolation. We also know that when a person becomes unwell because of a mental illness, that many other people are also affected. We support those who support someone affected by:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Personality Disorders

We offer free, confidential support in a safe environment built upon trust, empathy, professionalism and honesty at the following locations, Palmerston North, Levin and Dannevirke.



Peer Support Centre

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Peer Support Centre

Peer Support may be defined as the help and support that people with lived experience of a mental illness are able to give to one another.

It may be social, emotional or practical support but importantly this support is mutually offered and reciprocal, allowing peers to benefit from the support whether they are giving or receiving it.

Key elements of Peer Support in mental health include that it is built on shared personal experience and empathy, it focuses on an individual’s strengths not weaknesses, and works towards the individual’s well being and recovery. 

 For the one in five New Zealander\'s who live with a mental illness, things can sometimes seem a bit scary: you can feel very isolated and misunderstood. Supporting Families offers a safe and comfortable place where people experiencing mental illness can spend time in a supportive environment.

Activities can change from month to month; to see what is happening check out our monthly newsletter.

Resources available include:

  • Telephone
  • Computer
  • Regular Newsletters
  • Sewing machines
  • Art Space
  • Information
  • Education and well-being
  • Advocacy- helping you to get a better service
  • Support- for all whose lives are affected by mental illness.

The monthly programme may include

  • Art lessons
  • Scrap booking and card making
  • Card and board games
  • Music
  • Ezi cook/shared lunch
  • Regular consumer meetings where your input is welcome
  • Bipolar/depression support group.

So come along and join us. Have a cuppa, the jug is always on and even when there is no planned activity , there is someone to talk with or something interesting to do.


Our Programs


Palmerston North

160 Cuba Street
Entrance on Pitt Street

PO Box 5010
Palmerston North

Phone 06 355 8561/2