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Southland / Otago

Support Services & Helplines

Southern DHB – Maternal Mental Health Service

Southland Hospital

p. (03) 218 1949
e. [email protected]
w. www.southernhealth.nz

The Southland Maternal Mental Health Team provides a free service to the Southland district. This service is available to all women who have a known or suspected mental health disorder, during pregnancy and for one year following birth.The service provides quality care for women who may be experiencing difficulties relating to mental health (baby and family/whānau), throughout her antenatal, birth, and postnatal experience, which promotes respect, dignity and acceptance within the community and promotes optimum mental health for mother.

Dunedin Maternal Wellbeing Service

Plunket Wellbeing Practitioner; Thursdays and Fridays

a. 18 Lorne Street, Dunedin 9018
p. 027 295 8157
e. [email protected]

Home Help Programme – Dunedin

A volunteer-based service that provides free, short-term, practical support to young families going through a difficult time.

e. [email protected]
m. 027 208 6774

Dunedin Mums PND Group

Support group run by mums for mums. Held at the Hub, Oxford Street, South Dunedin, fortnightly from 5th November, 12.15 – 2.15 pm. Mum Babies and toddlers welcome. Online support also available for those who want support but not in a group environment.

e. [email protected]

Pregnancy Counselling Services – Dunedin

Counsellors providing counselling services for Pregnancy, Miscarriage, Adoption & Abortion

p. 0800 773 462
m. 021 289 8727
w. www.pcs.org.nz

Pregnancy Help Inc.

To provide free and client focused practical assistance, information and advice during pregnancy and early childhood.

p. 03 455 5892
e. [email protected]
a. Ground Floor South City Mall, South Dunedin. (Just opposite Antidote the chemist inside the mall).

Office Hours: 9.30 -2.30pm Monday, Tuesday & Thursday and Wednesday 10.30 – 3.30pm (appointment times are also available outside of this on request).

Awarua Whanau Services

Get ideas and support for your new pepi, your tamariki or your whanau’s health.

190 Forth Street, Invercargill, 9840

p. 0800 292 782
e. [email protected]
w. www.awarua.org.nz

Central Lakes Family Service

Our vision: To be a leading social service provider with an excellent reputation for delivering effective interventions for families and individuals.

Our mission: We work collaboratively to support and empower positive change for vulnerable families, children and individuals.

Central Lakes Family Service offers a variety of services throughout the region including: Social Work in Schools, Parenting programs, Strengthening families, Social work services, Mild/moderate mental health, Community Education, Counselling, 24/7 support for family harm, women’s refuge.

For any perinatal, child and youth enquiries:
Monday to Friday 9.00am until 5.00pm

Loss and Grief Centre

A free service to anyone living with any grief. Drop in support at various locations from Invercargill to Te Anau – no appointment needed just turn up when it suits you during the open hours.  Home visits are also available if visiting the centre isn’t possible.  Click here for 2019 opening hours and dates.

Otago Mental Health Support Trust

Otago Mental Health Support Trust provides peer support, advocacy and information for people affected by mental distress, whatever the cause.  The service is free, confidential, independent, and needs no referral.

p. Toll free on 0800 364462 or 03 477 2598
e. [email protected]
w. www.omhst.org.nz

Otago Mental Health Support Trust
Community House
PO Box 5021
301 Moray Place Dunedin

Supporting Families Central Otago & Lower South Island

Supporting the family/whānau of people with mental illness
w. www.supportingfamilies.org.nz

ABLE Dunedin

34 Prince Albert Road
PO Box 4003, St Kilda,
Dunedin 9046
p.  03 455 5973,
f. 03 455 0035
e. [email protected]
w. www.supportingfamiliesotago.org.nz


ABLE Waitaki

2 Trent Street
Private Bag 50059
Oamaru 9444
p. 03 434 1130
e. [email protected]


ABLE Central Lakes

28 Ashworth Street
PO Box 356
Alexandra 9340
e. [email protected]
p. 03 448 9303
f. 03 488 9026


ABLE Southland

Southland Community House
46 Kelvin Street
PO Box 475 Invercargill 9840
e. [email protected]
p. 03 218 2100
f. 03 218 2104

Catholic Social Services – Dunedin & Central Otago

Anglican Family Care offers professional social, therapeutic, and restorative justice support to Otago tamariki and their whānau. We visit families at home and work with parents to ensure the safety, health and well-being of their children. We also offer counselling to parents and play therapy to children and adults. Our services are free of charge and voluntary.

p. 03 477 0801 or 0800 FAM CARE
[email protected]
fb. AnglicanFamilyCare

Anglican Family Care – Dunedin & Central Otago

Parenting Toolbox Courses – Two great courses developed in NZ by the Parenting Place. Join with other parents to discover practical ways to help provide a great foundation for your children’s well-being. These 6 week, 2 hour session courses will inspire you to build on the great things you are all ready doing to give your children a great start to their lives. Click here for more information about the courses.

p. General: 0800 CSSNOW / 0800277669 | Dunedin: (03) 455 3838 | Central Otago: (03) 448 5385
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Blessed Box NZ

The purpose of Blessed Box is to provide a beautifully curated box containing a prepared family meal, cupcakes and a breastfeeding/ sleep deprivation snack pack for a Mother with a new baby, in the Clutha District, free of charge.

e: [email protected]
w: www.blessedbox.co.nz

Mothers Helpers

Online PND Recovery Course – Mothers Helpers provides an online 10 week Perinatal Depression/Anxiety Recovery Course.  All mums who have completed the course can go on to have therapy with your facilitator – a registered/qualified counsellor, social worker, life coach or mental health nurse. Click here for more information about the course

p.  0800 002 717  or  022 093 1822
[email protected]