At Balance in Whanganui we provide Peer Support, Education and Advocacy to people seeking wellbeing and recovery with mental health or addiction issues.
Balance Aotearoa is the National Disabled Persons Organisation (DPO) under the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled People and advocates for the rights of people with psychosocial disability/mental health issues in the DPO Coalition.
We believe people living with mental health challenges are not their diagnoses and are people with strengths, experiences and abilities enabling them to pursue and maintain wellbeing.
Peer Support, Education and Advocacy
- Programme Areas
Mental health, Addictions - drug & alcohol, Addictions - other
- Programme Type
Peer support (AOD), Community / social support (AOD), Coexisting problems – mental health & addictions, Community based support - other, Peer / advocacy / group / family whānau support, Community based support - mental health, Advocacy / group / family whānau support (AOD), Disability support, Forensic
- Age Groups
Adult / pakeke, Older adult / kaumātua
- Referral Types
Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services
Balance maintains a close relationship with GPs, the hospital and community mental health services for referrals.
We also welcome self-referrals. Contact us for more information.
At Balance the focus is largely about the relationships and learning that can be fostered here.
Each and every one of us has something to offer, and often great value can be found through our own lived experiences with mental health struggles and/or addictions. We believe that it is through our relationships with each other that hope and the discovery of what really matters to us can emerge.
- A safe learning community of peers
- PeerZone Courses
- Korimana bi-cultural peer support training
- Wellness and resilience courses – WRAP plan
- Mindfulness Compassion course
- Lifestyle management programme
- Peer support groups and conversation space
- AOD support groups
- Art Therapy/group
- Cultural awareness group
- Navigation to other community services
- One on one intentional peer support
- Educational speakers
- Extensive library
Partnership with Whanganui DHB Mental Health & Addiction services.
The Consumer Consultant works with Whanganui DHB management team and staff to ensure the service users perspective is part of mental health and addictions service planning, policy development and review, recruitment, and service-wide decision-making.
We have a great staff team consisting of our Manager, Business Administrator and Lead Consumer Advisor, along with our amazing Peer Support and Advocacy Workers with varying hours.
No fees apply.
|Mon – Fri||9:00 AM – 3:00 PM|
Public Holidays: Closed Wellington Anniversary (24 Jan), Waitangi Day (Observed 7/2/22) (7 Feb), Good Friday (15 Apr), Easter Sunday (17 Apr), Easter Monday (18 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr), Queen's Birthday (6 Jun), Labour Day (24 Oct).
Christmas: Open 20 Dec — 24 Dec. Closed 25 Dec — 26 Dec. Open 27 Dec — 31 Dec. Closed 1 Jan — 2 Jan. Open 3 Jan — 7 Jan.
Bus stop is located outside the building.
Parking is available on St Hill Street, behind the building.
60 Ridgway Street
60 Ridgway Street
PO Box 102
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This page was last updated at 9:22AM on February 11, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Balance Aotearoa.