About SF Nelson
Our mission is: “The best possible quality of life for people with a major mental illness, and their family, whanau and carers”
SF Nelson is a community organization that provides free support for families, whanau and carers of people with a major mental illness. We provide information, resources, education, advocacy, social and educational support groups, referral to other services, and newsletters.
The family whanau support workers can provide families with information about mental illnesses, treatment options, accommodation, medications, the mental health act, and consumer, family and whanau rights or can simply provide a listening ear. Our family whanau support workers can arrange to meet with you at our offices, in your home or another convenient place, and they are available for support on the phone. The family whanau support workers also facilitate regular monthly Carers peer support groups.
Our service extends from Murchison to Motueka and Golden Bay, Richmond to Nelson and as far as Rai Valley.
SF Nelson ‘Supporting Families in Mental Illness’ is a branch of Supporting Families NZ, formally called Schizophrenia Fellowship (N.Z.) Inc. which was formed in 1977.
SF Nelson supports families, whanau and carers of someone who has a major mental illness such as Schizophrenia, Bi polar disorder, clinical depression and other related disorders.
Families and whanau may self refer simply by phoning or emailing a family whanau support worker or by contacting the office. (see the details below)
Alma House level 1
83A Buxton carpark
Postal: PO Box 270 Nelson 7040
To contact us:
Nelson family whanau support workers:
Monday - Friday 8.30am-4.00pm
Mon, Tues, Thurs 9.00am-3.00pm
Phone/Fax: 03 546 6090
Mon - Fri 10.00am -3.00pm
Phone/Fax: 03 545 8162
Motueka family whanau support worker:
Office hours: Monday 9.30 - 4.30, Tues 9.30 -3.30 Thurs 9.30 - 2.30
Phone/Fax 03 5287790
THANK YOU: We are very grateful to the support of Rata Foundation and COGS (Community Grants Organisation) who have recently both granted us funding which will used for SF Nelson manager and administrator wages.
SF Nelson gratefully acknowledges the support of The Springhill Trust/Frimley Foundation, The Canterbury Community Trust, The NZ Lotteries Board, Anchor Press Ltd, Dave Hector Chartered Accountant; Jorgensen Chartered Accountant (auditor)
SF Nelson is a member of Supporting Families In Mental Illness New Zealand Inc
Useful Phone Support Options:
Need to Talk? Call or Text 1737
Nelson Hospital switchboard (for after hours emergencies)
Nelson: 546 1800
Motueka (toll free): 528 1160
Murchison and Golden Bay: 0800 835 5342
Lifeline: 0800 543 354
Men’s line: 0800 636 754
Youthline: 0800 376 633
Compass: (24Hr support for service users) 0800 212 798
Text: 021 548 279
Alcohol and Drug helpline: 0800 787 797
Healthline: 0800 611 116
Chairperson: Anne Mokhtar
Treasurer: Fay March
Secretary: Martin Love
Committee: Dick Brown
What do we offer?
- Referral and advocacy
- Support groups
- Telephone support
- Talks and workshops
- Educational resources
- Regular Newsletters
Supporting Families in Mental Illness
Supporting Families Nelson office will close for the Christmas and New Year