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Mental Health & Addictions Service


Peer Support

Programme Areas

Mental health, Addictions - drug & alcohol

Programme Type

Peer support (AOD), Community / social support (AOD), Peer / advocacy / group / family whānau support, Community based support - mental health


North Auckland, Central Auckland, Dunedin - South Otago, Waikato, West Auckland, South Auckland

Age Groups

Youth / rangatahi, Adult / pakeke

Referral Types

Self referral

Referral Process

Contact the Team Manager for more information. Click here for contact details.


Reach out - North Shore and Rodney

Reach Out Peer Support is a mobile service supporting people in their recovery from mental health issues. All the team have their own personal experiences of mental health trauma and recovery.

Mahi Marumaru - Counties Manukau

Mahi Marumaru is a mobile peer service supporting people to recover from alcohol and other drug-related issues. The English translation for Mahi Marumaru is 'many people working together'. All Peer Support Workers have their own lived experience of addiction and personal journey of recovery.

Peer Talk - Counties Manukau

Peer Talk is a service that connects people in need of mental health support with Peer Support Workers over the phone. It is one of a number of helpline services that constitute the National Telehealth Service. It is run in collaboration with Homecare Medical. Peer Talk is an effective way to overcome some of the barriers that make it difficult for people to access mental health care, namely distance and cost. This free phone-based counselling service makes it easier for those in need to get help.

Consumer Network - Drive - Counties Manukau

DRIVE Consumer Direction Counties Manukau is a consumer network that represents the interests of people in the Counties Manukau District Health Board area who experience mental health issues, or problems with alcohol or other drugs.

DRIVE works to promote the consumer voice by being a link between service users and service providers, by supporting research, peer workforce development and by running hui.

Youth Peer Support - Paired Up

Paired Up was developed in 2017 through a co-design project between Ember (in collaboration with Odyssey and Kāhui Tū Kaha) and a team of passionate young people with their own experience of mental distress. The resulting service design focused on creating a safe and effective environment for young people to support other young people. This is primarily achieved through one to one support with trained peer support workers and ‘activations’ where young people can create and deliver events or activities that increase connection and open spaces for conversations about wellbeing.

Peer Employment Training

PET provides training and preparation for work as a Peer Support Worker to individuals with their own lived experience of mental health or alcohol/drug addiction issues. We hold an unwavering belief that people can and want to learn, grow and develop. We also believe that peer-to-peer support is one of the greatest learning experiences in someone’s quest for wellbeing.

See here for more information on these services or to contact a Team Manager

Contact Details

This page was last updated at 1:34PM on October 13, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Ember - Korowai Takitini.