Support Groups

able provides various support groups, located throughout Otago, Southland, Central Otago and Waitaki. Support Groups give families and whanau 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)

CUMI is a five week course focusing on information about mental illness and "life enhancement skills" to assist children in dealing with the impact of mental illness in their family environment.  This programme is intended for primary school aged children aged 6-12 years.



Tue 8 Aug - 5 Sep = 6-9yrs

Thu 10 Aug - 7 Sep = 10-12yrs


Tue 24 Oct - 21 Nov = 6-9yrs

Thu 26 Oct - 23 Nov = 10-12yrs


For more information or registration call Able Dunedin 455 5973

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.



Wednesday 19 July 2017

Able Dunedin Office

5.30pm - 7.00pm

RSVP: 17 July 2017

PH: 455 5973

Eating Support DVD and group discussion

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 10 Aug 2017

Guest Speakers:

 Professor David Bilkey

Department of Psychology, University of Otago


Able Dunedin Office

6.30pm - 8.30pm

RSVP: 7 August 2017

PH: 455 5973 

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 Otago office.

Community Link partnership

A field worker will be present at the Community Link office (33 Gala Street, Invercargill) from 9am to 1pm on Mondays and Fridays. If you wish to see the field worker, please contact the receptionist at Community Link on (0800) 559 009 to make an appointment. 

Invercargill Support Group

Meets third Wednesday of the month at Southland Community House, 46 Kelvin Street Invercargill from 1pm - 3pm. 

Riverton Support Group

Meets once a month at the Postmaster Bakery cafe, 166 Palmerston St Riverton from 2pm – 3.30pm. 

Te Anau Support Group

Meets third Wednesday of the month from 12.30pm – 2.30pm (contact Joanne on 021 071 8638 regarding venue). 

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 2nd Thursday 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. 


  • 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.