There are many support services and resources available in the community that you can access directly, depending on the issues. The contact details listed below were accurate at the time of printing, but may change over time. If you find an error or a link not working do please let us know.
Sometimes it is easier to talk to an anonymous person, and/or you may feel the need for some immediate support, without having to go out to obtain it. There is a range of different telephone support services available, such as:
CAAT Team (Community Assessment & Treatment Team)
This is the 24 hour crisis emergency number for Community Mental Health if you or someone you know is experiencing an emotional crisis and may harm themselves or others.
Phone: (Wellington to Kapiti) 04 494 9169
Phone: (Hutt Valley) 04 566 6999
Lifeline 24-hour counselling.
Free Phone: 0800 543 354
MAMTA (Asian women supporting Asian women).
Phone: 04 478 6213
Free Phone: 0800 611 116
Free Phone: 0800 933 922
Pregnancy Counselling Services
Free Phone: 0800 633 328
Samaritans offer a free telephone counselling service for a wide variety of issues.
Phone: 04 473 9739
SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) offer a 24-hour phone support line for parents bereaved by cot death.
Free Phone: 0800 164 455
Other helping agencies can be found in the Local Government Community Directories or the Yellow Pages under Community Services.
(formerly known at Schizophrenia Fellowship Wgtn) is a Wellington based Mental Health organization that provides services for people who experience mental illness and their family and whanau throughout the Wellington region including the Hutt Valley, Porirua & the Kapiti Coast.
Phone 04 499 1049
Barnados offer support and information to NZ families and whanau on any issue relating to families, and services to families.
Phone: 04 385 7560
Rebbeca Carr is a Qualified Childbirth Educator and Breastfeeding Counsellor and has been supporting parents in the Hutt Valley for the last 2 years through antenatal classes and offering breastfeeding support. Birth Power aims to offer new parents a little knowledge to help them feel empowered and excited by what they are about to achieve. Birth Power aims to offer a fun and interactive environment. Birth Power not only offers antenatal classes but also takes the next step by offering support classes for parents after their baby has been born. Check out some of the other courses offered.
Phone 04 976 8719
Care NZ offers a range of services for drug and alcohol addiction, including counselling, support groups, and referrals to residential treatment centres.
Phone 04 385 1517
Catholic Social Services
Catholic Social Services offer a koha counselling service.
Phone: 04 385 8642
Eating Disorder Services
Eating Disorder Services offer residential treatment, a day programme, and outpatient therapy for people suffering from anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa.
Phone: 04 461 6528
Hora Te Pai Health Services
Hora Te Pai Health Services offer free iwi health services eg. pregnancy care and tests, contraceptive advice, baby health. Based in Paraparaumu.
Phone: 04 902 7095
Kahungunu Ki Poneke
Kahungunu Ki Poneke offer advocacy and counselling support programmes, including Maori parenting programmes.
Phone: 04 384 6252
Kokiri Marae offers a range of health services including clinics, counselling, and support to Maori women and their families.
Phone: 04 939 4630
Lifeworks is a free 12 month home-based Open Polytechnic programme designed to help you make positive changes in your life (work, health, finances, relationships).
Free Phone: 0508 543 396
Mental Health Commisssion
Mental Health Commisssion of NZ – has many useful and up to date free publications available, in addition to information about accessing a range of services.
Ministry of Social Development
Information on support for parents from the Ministry of Social Development. They also publish a number of practical strategy booklets for parents on a range of topics related to parenting.
Alternative website: www.familyservices.govt.nz/skip
Alternative website: www.familyservices.govt.nz/directory/
Miscarriage Support Group
Miscarriage Support Group offers support and information to women who have experienced miscarriage.
Phone: 04 384 4272
Mothers Alone supports women who are pregnant or parenting on their own. City and Island Bay groups.
Phone: 04 385 0505
Mothers Network organizes discussion groups for mothers of young children.
Phone: 04 383 8255
Multiple Birth Group
Multiple Birth Group offers support to women and their families who are parents of multiples.
Phone: 04 479 4529
NET (Naku Enei Tamariki) is a community based network which aims to help new mothers in stressful circumstances, in order to promote healthy development of their families, whanau, aiga. Allied with PAFT (Parents as First Teachers) and Family Start, they take self-referrals for women in the Hutt Valley.
Phone: 04 567 9251 or Email: email@example.com — Pakeha and Administration Sections
Phone: 04 577 3386 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org — Pacific Island Section
Phone: 04 939 4640 or Email: email@example.com — Maori Section
Out of the Blue/Kia Marama
Out of the Blue/Kia Marama is a NZ Mental Health Foundation initiative. This site provides information about recognizing signs of depression, and where to go for help.
Pacific Health Services
Pacific Health Services offer support to Pacific Island families for a range of health issues.
Phone: Hutt Valley 04 577 0394 | Porirua 04 237 9824 | Wellington 04 388 2154
Parent Help – for parent help and family support – offer 24-hour telephone support, counselling, and an anger change group for women.
Phone: 04 499 9994
Parent to Parent
Parent to Parent is an information and support network for parents of babies and children needing special care.
Phone: 04 569 9398
Parents as First Teachers -PAFT
Phone: 04 567 7035
Parents Centre Head Office
Phone: 04 233 2022
Plunket is a free service to assist families with advice for children under five, including individual well-child checks, parenting education groups, and PIN groups for women to meet others in their local area.
National office: 04 471 0177
Porirua Living Without Violence Group
Porirua Living Without Violence Group offers groups and 1:1 counselling when required to women in violent/abusive relationships.
Phone: 04 237 6009
Presbyterian Social Support
Presbyterian Social Support offers in-home family support, counselling, and parent education.
Phone: 04 439 4900
Refugees as Survivors
Refugees as Survivors offer community-based support to assist refugees to settle in NZ.
Phone: 04 384 7279
Relationship Services offers relationship counselling throughout the Wellington region.
Free Phone: 0800 735 283
SANDS (Still Birth and Neonatal Death Support Group) support women and families who have experienced the grief of stillbirth and neo-natal death.
Phone: 04 478 0895 or 04 478 9307
Sexual Abuse Healing Centre
Sexual Abuse Healing Centre – a free service for all ages.
Phone: Hutt Valley 04 566 5517 | Wellington 04 499 7532
Skylight works with children and young people and their families who have been significantly affected by change, loss and grief.
Free Phone: 0800 299 100
Phone: 04 939 6767
The Family Court
The Family Court offers a range of services eg. referrals for free relationship counselling, or to support programmes for adults and children with a Protection Order under the Domestic Violence Act. Contact your local Family Court, or go to www.justice.govt.nz
ThroughBlue is a Wellington based support group for women with experience of depression. Go to www.throughblue.org.nz
WEAV (Wellington Ending Abuse and Violence) run groups for women who are or have been in abusive relationships. These groups run both daytime and evening, attendance is free, and childcare is provided for the day groups.
Phone: 04 384 8275
Wellington City Mission
Wellington City Mission offer a range of services to families, including home-based parenting education and home-making support, free individual counselling and family therapy, community resource agency information.
Phone: 04 389 2033
Womens’ Centres offer a range of services, and can provide up to date information on local community resources and supports.
Phone: Kapiti 04 902 6222 | Lower Hutt 04 569 2711 | Upper Hutt 04 527 0017
Wellington Womens Health Collective
Wellington Womens Health Collective offers information on many health concerns for women.
Phone: 04 499 7709
WINZ (Work and Income New Zealand) can provide information on financial benefits available for families.
Free Phone: 0800 559 009
Baby Web NZ
Free information directory created by a Mum, Midwife and Childbirth Educator.
Online store and resource for mothers.
Crying Over Spilt Milk
For infant and child gastric reflux support in New Zealand.
Free Phone: 0800 380 517
Father and Child
Created by fathers, for fathers. Networking and Support for fathers.
A website for young people in Auckland, all over New Zealand, as well as their families and schools. Everybody needs to find some headspace when life gets stressful and we hope we can help.
A tool that allows doctors, patients and caregivers to access local information about what to expect prior to, during and following a referral to secondary/tertiary medical healthcare services. The information about a service is approved, regularly reviewed and updated by clinicians from that individual service.
The essential guide to raising children in New Zealand, covering pregnancy, babies, and toddlers to teens. Expert parenting advice, help and information as well as support from other NZ parents.
La Leche League
Our mission is to help mothers to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, education, information, and encouragement and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.
Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health’s role is to improve, promote and protect the health of New Zealanders. Website contains information on the health system and information on health topics as well as other things.
We are a team of volunteers of various ages who have all experienced the loss of our own babies and would like to provide emotional support and information for women and their families during and after miscarriage and subsequent pregnancies.
Postnatal Depression – Family/Whanau New Zealand Trust. Set up as a Charitable Trust in 2006 to improve awareness and understanding of postnatal depression (PND) and related mental illnesses in pregnancy and after childbirth. Members of the Trust include women who have experienced PND, family members, health professionals, and other interested people. Our hope is that women in the community and their families/whanau will feel less isolated and be more able to access help by using this information.
Out of the Blue
Features personal stories that have been written by individuals who have had experience of depression, and who want to share their experiences as a way to support others. We hope that this site will provide useful information that will show you where to go for help as well as how to recognize the signs of depression.
Post Natal Psychosis Support Group
Offers support and information to women suffering from Post Natal Psychosis either during pregnancy or after birth of their baby.
Phone: 09 449 1011
Ruth De Souza
Postnatal depression and more. Ruth is the Co-ordinator/Senior Research Fellow at AUT University’s Centre for Asian and Migrant Health Research (CAMHR) and Coordinator Grad Cert/Dip Addictions, Community Health Development. She has worked as an educator and mental health professional with broad experience in the fields of teaching, nursing and counselling.
Counsellor & Psychotherapist in Auckland. Susan has a wonderful website and recently presented at the PND Wellington Seminar Day. She has a specialist interest in PND which is a term used to describe ante and post natal depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress after childbirth, attachment difficulties and adjustments to parenthood.
The Trauma and Birth Stress Support Group (including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), offers support to women and their families who have been through traumatic pregnancy or birth experiences. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
The Brainwave Trust
By engaging with and educating each other about the importance of the first three years, we give all New Zealand children the opportunity to reach their potential. A baby’s brain is unique and precious. The way it develops will determine who he or she will become. Genes may establish a child’s potential, however it is day-to-day experiences that will help the child to fulfil that potential.
The Centre for Attachment
A New Zealand-based agency dedicated to providing support, education and training for families, organisations and communities on optimal child development and attachment.
ThroughBlue runs an ongoing weekly support group for discussion, support and weekly topics relating to depression.
There are many many websites around the world that can be of help, here are just a few of the many available:
Australian Post and Ante-natal Depression Association (Panda) has a comprehensive range of fact sheets and other documents available for downloading.
An Australian site with comprehensive information about depression, including a special section on post-natal depression.
Meet a Mum Association (MAMA) – has a number of printable documents about many aspects of post-natal distress (eg. PND, post-natal psychosis, panic attacks, relaxation, notes for carers, self-help) available to anyone, and an online forum for registered users.
Offers a free online CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) modular programme for preventing depression. It is designed for you to work on independently, or in conjunction with your regular therapist – easy to use, practical, and well-researched.
This UK Post-Natal Illness support site, including a range of information and resources, personal stories, online forum and chat facility, run by women with experience of post-natal illness (their term).
Built on the foundation of providing support to families. You are not alone. You are not to blame. We are here to help. If you or someone you know might be experiencing symptoms of prenatal or postpartum mood or anxiety disorder, know that it is treatable and you’ve taken a very important first step.
Post-Natal Depression Support Association South Africa
Includes a self-analysis scale, and a range of information and advice.
The Marce Society
Offers mental health support for babies and and their mothers. The principal aim of the society is to promote, facilitate and communicate about research into all aspects of the mental health of women, their infants and partners around the time of childbirth. This involves a broad range of research activities ranging from basic science through to health services research.
An online resource for women and their families designed to offer support and resources on a number of issues related to the emotional challenges specifically related to their reproductive cycle.
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