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Mental Health and Wellbeing Support

Mental Health & Addictions Service



Mental Health & Wellbeing Support understands that mental health issues do not occur in isolation - when an individual experiences mental health and/or addiction issues, this can impact significantly on the family and whānau in all areas of their lives, including mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially, and socially.  Discovering that someone you care about has a mental health issue can cause considerable stress, with family members experiencing a range of emotions including distress, anxiety, grief, a sense of loss, confusion, and a decrease in their own mental health and wellbeing.

Mental Health & Wellbeing Support specialises in providing support to families and whānau impacted by the mental health issues of a family member.  Family and  whānau are defined in the broadest sense and is not limited to immediate family members but includes friends, flatmates, work colleagues, etc.

Our aim is to assist family and whānau to better understand their family member's mental health issue and how to best support them whilst maintaining their own mental health and wellbeing. 


Family/Whanau Support

Programme Areas

Mental health, Addictions - drug & alcohol

Programme Type

Peer / advocacy / group / family whānau support, Advocacy / group / family whānau support (AOD)



Age Groups

Child / tamariki, Youth / rangatahi, Adult / pakeke, Older adult / kaumātua

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services, Corrections

Referral Process

If you would like more information, or you’re not sure and would just like to talk to someone, contact one of our friendly staff.


Mental Health & Wellbeing Support offers free mental health and addiction support to family / whānau supporting a loved one. Our service provides education, information, advocacy, workshops, support groups, face to face / telephone support, a website, as well as supporting workforce development.

Partnership with Whanganui DHB Mental Health & Addiction services.

Mental Health & Wellbeing Support is also the provider of Whanganui DHB's Family Advisor role. The Family Advisor works with the Whanganui DHB management team and staff to ensure the family/whānau perspective is part of mental health and addictions service planning and changes, policy development and review, recruitment, and service wide decision making.


All our services are free and completely confidential.


Mon – Fri8:30 AM – 5:00 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).


Contact Details

210 Wicksteed Street
Manawatu-Wanganui 4500

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Street Address

210 Wicksteed Street
Manawatu-Wanganui 4500

Postal Address

PO Box 7035

This page was last updated at 11:28AM on November 10, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Mental Health and Wellbeing Support.