Family/Whānau Support Groups

Able Minds provides various Whānau Support Groups, located throughout Otago, Southland, Central Otago and Waitaki. Our Support Groups give families and whānau the opportunity to make friends, share information, share stories, listen, have fun, and to just be you.

Families/Friends Understanding Disordered Eating

Focused on providing support and information to people with a loved one experiencing an eating disorder. Whānau members come together to discuss experiences, share ideas, listen to experts and develop strategies for coping. The Families/Friends Understanding Disordered Eating Group offers a way to connect with those dealing with similar issues.

Meets: Third Wednesday of the month evenings 5.30pm to 7.00pm

Education and Support Group

Whānau of Tangata Whaiora join together to hear from guest speakers on topics relating to mental health and addiction and are equally called upon to advocate on behalf of Tangata Whaiora to Southern District Health Board. These meetings also offer people a chance to share experiences and build support networks.

Meets: Every 2nd Thursday of the month 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm 

Weekly Peer Support Group

This is an informal support group for whānau members (of all ages) of Tangata Whaiora. Our Weekly Peer Support offers friendship, conversation and social interaction.

Meets: Weekly on Wednesdays 1.00pm to 3.00pm, venue confirmed by facilitator. 

Alexandra Grief and Loss Support

For anyone experiencing grief/loss ie. a relationship breakup, loss of health, long Covid, loss of employment/income, loss of a pet, placing a loved one into long term care, or any experience that has caused loss/grief.

Able Minds is happy to welcome you to their office at 28 Ashworth Street, Alexandra, on Thursdays between 10am and 12pm. 

Peer Support group for parents & caregivers of Neurodivergent Children

Able Minds Oamaru Peer Support Group for parents & caregivers of neurodivergent children is a safe place for you to share your experiences and ideas and to gain support from one another.

The group will be supported by Able Minds staff and guest speakers, but it is anticipated that in time it will mainly be directed by the parents who attend.

Parents of children/adolescents of any ag are welcome.  You do not have to attend evry session, just come along to the sessions that suit you.  There is no cost to attend.

Meets at Able Oamaru office - 27 Coquet Street 10am - 12pm
First and third Friday of the month

Invercargill Peer Support

Wider family/whānau and tangata whaiora combine in the following groups:

* Walking Group

* Collective Creators Craft Group

* Cuppa and Chat Group