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Southern DHB Mental Health Emergency Services

Public Service, Mental Health, Mental Health & Addictions


Emergency Psychiatric Service

Programme Areas

Crisis / acute, Mental health

Programme Type

DHB Mental Health Crisis, Intake / assessment


Central Lakes, Dunedin - South Otago, Waitaki

Age Groups

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

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services, Corrections

Referral Process

Call 0800 46 78 46.

It is preferred that referrers contact the team by telephone as this is a mobile team and staff may not always be on-site to attend to walk-in referrals. Telephone referrals may be made to the service through the following channels:

  • General Practitioners - including after hours service
  • Community agencies - e.g. Police, St John, Supporting Families, PACT and also Southern DHB
  • Self presentation, friends family/whānau, concerned members of the public

If the referral is considered urgent, i.e. life threatening, immediate phone contact for consultation is vital.


The Emergency Psychiatric Service is a mobile 24-hour, 7-day a week service providing emergency services to people with acute mental health needs. 

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Contact Details

This page was last updated at 3:51PM on April 23, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Mental Health Emergency Services.