Supporting Families in Mental Illness, SF Central Otago, New Zealand - support groups

By: Sf Central Otago  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Mental Health, Support Group

During the winter months the group members have been working on a Wearable Arts project. Each member has sewn either some clothing or an accessory. We were very fortunate to have had lots of material donated by the local Salvation Army and with expert input from two “good” sewers from the community almost all members succeeded in producing at least one item – some made as many as three items.

Activity Based Support

The Sunshine Support Group is an activity based support group for people with present or past mental health issues and their family members.

People can self refer to the group or be referred by their doctor or the Mental Health Team.

The group has a positive focus and aims to assist members on their journey of recovery. This can be achieved through participation and sharing in group activities.

Membership of the group is free and voluntary with people belonging to the group for as long as they choose.

Activity Based Support

The Cromwell Support Group is an activity based support group for people with present or past mental health issues and their family members.

People can self refer to the group or be referred by their doctor or the Mental Health Team.

The group has a positive focus and aims to assist members on their journey of recovery. This can be achieved through participation and sharing in group activities.

Membership of the group is free and voluntary with people belonging to the group for as long as they choose.

Regular Meetings

The Cromwell Group meets every second Tuesday between 11.00 and 2.00 at the Catholic Church Hall, Sligo Street, Cromwell.

Artsenta is a Dunedin based art workshop for mental health consumers with regular outreach programmes to Central Otago.

Artsenta staff visit the Cromwell Support Group once a month and provide tuition, materials, inspiration and motivation for creative activities.

Members are encouraged to make their own travel arrangements but if this is a problem speak to a staff member.

Morning tea is provided free but members are encouraged to bring their own lunch or money to buy at a local cafe.

For people with present or past depression

Support Group

The Depression Support Group is a support group based in Alexandra for people with present or past depression and their family members. (Family members – could be spouses, partners, work mates, friends, etc.)

You do not need a referral to this group and you do not need to be under the Mental Health Team either. Just come along to our meetings.

The group has a positive focus and aims to assist members on their journey of recovery or to stay well. Peer support has a major part to play in this as well as a positive and active approach .

Membership is free and voluntary with members belonging for as long as they choose.

Members Benefits

  • A chance to belong to an ongoing support group (peer support)
  • Learn to identify your triggers and strategies to deal with these
  • Opportunities to hear educational speakers and take part in workshops
  • Try out different forms of relaxation and physical activities
  • Investigate alternative ways of working through depression
  • Learn ways to support a depressed family member
  • Support to develop personal goals and ways of working towards achieving them

Keywords: Mental Health, Support Group

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06-Dec-2011

Supporting Families in Mental Illness, SF Central Otago, New Zealand - latest news

We are pleased to announce that from today, Schizophrenia Fellowship New Zealand will be known as Supporting Families in Mental Illness New Zealand,” said Florence Leota, Chief Executive. Group staff will be available for you to seek help with advocacy and ask questions or just listen so you can share a problem or an achievement.