Helping people with mental illness and their families and whānau get the most out of life.
able provides various support groups, located throughout Otago, Southland, Central Otago and Waitaki. Support Groups give families and whānau the opportunity to make friends, share information, share stories, listen, have fun, and to be just you.
For more information on any of these groups, please get in touch
Children Understanding Mental Illness (CUMI)
It is well understood that mental illness affects more than just the sufferer. The family of a person with the mental illness may experience loss, grief, anger, frustration and much more in dealing with the illness of a family member.
Education and understanding of mental illness are key factors in the recovery process. The more help and support the family member can obtain from those around them, the easier the road to returning to health will be.
CUMI (Children Understanding Mental Illness) is a programme that addresses the needs of primary school age children who have a family/whanau member with a mental illness. This can be undertaken as a group exercise, or parts can be used with individuals using activity-based exercises to aid in the understanding of mental illness in a fun appropriate way.
A referral can be made through our website www.able.org.nz/family-support either through an online form or via a downloadable PDF or by phone on 032181831; one of our Field Workers will be allocated the CUMI recipients.
Eating Disorders - Family Support Group
Is focused on providing support and information to people with a loved one suffering from an eating disorder.
Coming together to discuss experiences, share ideas and develop strategies for coping, the Eating Disorder Group offers a way to connect with those dealing with similar issues.
To be advised 2020
Able Dunedin Office
5.30pm - 7.00pm
PH: 455 5973
(This group is not for the person suffering from the eating disorder, but their family/whanau.)
Education & Support meetings
able regularly organises speakers and discussion events on a range of mental health topics and issues for people who have a family member with mental illness. These meetings also offer people a chance to share experiences and build support networks.
Thursday 12 December
TOPIC: Psychiatric Medication
Speaker: Marleen Van Oeveren (Pharmacist)
Able Dunedin Office
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Weekly Walking Group
An informal group for people of all ages, the Weekly Walking Group offers gentle exercise, friendship and conversation for those with a family member with mental illness.
Leaving from the able Dunedin office.
Te Anau Support Group
Do you care for or assist a family member who is suffering from mental illness?
You are not alone.
Would you like to:
* connect with others in a similar situation in a warm, confidential environment?
* Find out more about where to seek advice and support?
* Talk about what you are going through in a judgement-free space?
For more information contact Kathryn - 027 635 4033 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 19 November 2019
Tuesday 17 December 2019
Tuesday 21 January 2020
Fiordland Community House, Meeting Room
21 Luxmore Drive, Te Anau
Share and Care Group
Share and Care group would like to extend a warm and welcoming invitation to join us once a month at Supporting Families. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Community House, 46 Kelvin Street, Invercargill, with a shared lunch (finger food) starting at 12 o’clock. So the invitation is to come along, enjoy, relax and the opportunity to be part of an awesome group.
Horizons - Alexandra
Group membership is open to any person who has experienced a mental health issue and is wanting to participate in activities that assist in improving self esteem and/or a greater level of independence.
Opportunities exist to develop a role and/or responsibilities within the group.
Referral to the group can be by Mental Health Services, PHO, General Practitioners, Social Service Agencies or self referral.
Seminars and Guest Speakers
These evenings offer an opportunity for families and those suffering from mental illness to find out what other people had experienced and the support they can receive.
Waves Programme - Invercargill
Waves is an 8-week programme that aims to support adults 18+ years old who have been bereaved by suicide.
The programme combines learning about suicide and bereavement with group discussion and support. The group is facilitated by two trained facilitators and supports members to:
meet and share with others who are also experiencing the impact of suicide
provide a safe, supportive environment to explore aspects of their grief and reduce isolation and stigma associated with bereavement by suicide
gain information and strategies about how to care for themselves and others (including children and young people) after a suicide
adjust to living with loss and moving forward
Next scheduled programme to be held:
February 2020 - Dates to be advised
7pm - 9pm
To register contact Able Invercargill
Phone: 03 218 2100
Participants must commit to all 8 weeks of the programme