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St John of God Waipuna - Health & Wellbeing Team

Mental Health & Addictions Service



St John of God Waipuna provides young people, their families/whānau and the community with support and opportunities for development. Please see below for our Health & Wellbeing Team or see the St John of God Waipuna website for more information about other services. St John of God Waipuna is also a member of the Youth Addictions and Mental Health Alliance (YAMHA) and can facilitate entry into these additional services, if relevant.


Health and Wellbeing Team

Programme Areas

Mental health, Addictions - drug & alcohol

Programme Type

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



Age Groups

Child / Tamariki, Youth / Rangatahi

Referral Types

Self referral, GP

Referral Process

Appointment times are available weekdays from 8.30am to 5.00pm. At your initial appointment you will need to complete some paperwork, so we can assess your problem and understand your goals. Together we discuss these and agree a plan for the work ahead; this also helps you decide whether counselling is something you wish to commit to at this time.

We accept referrals from general practitioners (GPs), school counsellors, other social services and self-referrals. There is often a wait list for initial appointments, you will be advised of approximate time when we receive your referral.

Health and Wellbeing Service - 10-24 yrs 

Eating Awareness Team - 16-64 yrs

Health and wellbeing service referral form

Eating Awareness Team referral form


Mana Ake - Stronger for Tomorrow

he Mana Ake - Stronger for Tomorrow provides support for children aged five to 12 years old across Canterbury. Our Health and Wellbeing Team provides professional team leadership to Mana Aka Kaimahi by coordinating Kaimahi to ensure equitable resourcing across clusters, supporting evaluation, monitoring and enhancement of the service response and working closely with school clusters to support the implementation of Mana Ake.

Mana Ake kaimahi work with schools to support teachers, families and whānau when children are experiencing ongoing issues that impact their wellbeing such as anxiety, social isolation, parental separation, grief and loss and managing emotions.

Mental Health Counselling Service

Our Health and Wellbeing team offers young people, who have low to moderate range of the mental health issues, a space for reflection so they can find pathways forward. This is provided one-on-one or in groups.

Our mental health clinicians have extensive experience working with young people and collectively offer a range of counselling styles and techniques to support young people.

When you meet with our clinicians, we recommend you bring an open mind and a willingness to help yourself. This means committing to trying out new skills and strategies between appointments, and discussing your experiences during your counselling sessions.


Youth / Rangatahi


Our service is funded by Ministry of Health and free of charge for service users.


Mon – Fri8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Public Holidays: Closed Queen's Birthday (6 Jun), Matariki (24 Jun), Labour Day (24 Oct), Canterbury Anniversary (11 Nov), Waitangi Day (6 Feb), Good Friday (7 Apr), Easter Sunday (9 Apr), Easter Monday (10 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr).


Contact Details

349 Woodham Road
Canterbury 8061

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Street Address

349 Woodham Road
Canterbury 8061

Postal Address

189 Peterborough Street
Christchurch Central

This page was last updated at 11:04AM on May 16, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by St John of God Waipuna - Health & Wellbeing Team.