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Mental Health & Addictions Service


Youth Alcohol and other Drug Service (YADS) - South Canterbury

Programme Areas

Addictions - drug & alcohol

Programme Type

Community / social support (AOD), Coexisting problems – mental health & addictions, Advocacy / group / family whānau support (AOD)


South Canterbury

Age Groups

Youth / rangatahi

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services, Corrections

Referral Process

This service is for young people aged 12 - 19 years old (under 16s ideally should have parental consent to start the process).

Referrals can come from anywhere for this service (self, family, friends, schools, GPs, etc).

You can use our online referral form to contact the Timaru-based team:

Timaru and South Canterbury Online Referral


The Youth Alcohol and Drug Service Brief Intervention can help you develop a better understanding of the effect of alcohol and drugs and support you if you would like to make a change.

How it works:

  • We meet with you and your family and explore what is going on for you and them.
  • We offer feedback on your situation
  • Together we come up with a plan of action to help you move forward
  • We will help you put the plan into action and stay on track
  • Together we evaluate how your plan is going and where to from now
  • When you have achieved what you want we celebrate the achievement then say goodbye!

What happens at the end of the programme?
At the end of your involvement with us you and your counsellor will discuss whether you are ready to leave the service — you may decide that you would like more time with us or be assisted to connect with other supports. If in the future you feel that you still need some support you are able to contact us and discuss it with your counsellor.

The YADS program can include:

  • Alcohol and other Drug Assessment (1 or 2 sessions)
  • Intervention (1 to 9 sessions)
  • Family Support
  • Liaison and Support

Contact Details

599 Princes Street, Dunedin

Dunedin - South Otago

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

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Central Lakes Mobile Team

Central Lakes

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

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62 Yarrow Street, Invercargill

Dunedin - South Otago

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

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196 Evans Street, Timaru

South Canterbury

8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

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This page was last updated at 10:22AM on May 13, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Adventure Development Ltd.