our work

Able Minds provides a free, confidential and mobile service and people can self-refer to us. We have an office presence in Invercargill, Gore, Dunedin, Queenstown, Alexandra and Oamaru.

We do not provide a crisis or emergency service - 
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Our services
Whānau Support Service

Able Minds builds resilience so families can cope effectively with the challenges they face because we know it can be demanding to support someone living with mental distress or addiction.

Activity Centres | Peer Support

Able Minds facilitates Activity Centres and Peer Support Groups for Tangata Whaiora in a community-based environment.

Supporting Parents Healthy Children

Supporting Parents Healthy Children (SPHC) priorities are the needs of the children of parents with mental distress and or addiction issues and they focus on achieving better health outcomes for children, parents, and families as a whole.

Timeout Contact

Timeout Contact (TOC) provide a neutral-based supervised contact service which establishes and maintains family bonds and creates positive memories through the facilitation of safe and meaningful contact.

Signature programmes

Able Minds delivers several reputable and signature programmes in the community. Programmes are peer support based and are designed to provide tools, tactics and strategies to move forward and live well.

Light Beyond the Shadows is a suicide prevention and bereavement programme where we provide emotional support and information to those who have been affected by loss from suicide.


5 modules

Children Understanding Mental Illness & Addictions
CUMIA which is designed for primary school aged children who have a family member that is affected by mental distress or addiction.


10 weeks

Rangatahi and Wellbeing
RAW is Able Minds’ Youth mentoring programme where a combination of quality one on one emotional support and engagement with peer support seeks to improve the resilience of our 12 to 21 year olds, help them navigate life, reduce mental distress and the risk of suicide.