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)

Address:

SF Nelson

Alma House level 1

83A Buxton carpark

Nelson

 

Postal:  PO Box 270 Nelson 7040

 

 

To contact us:

 

Nelson family whanau support workers:

 

Vicky Pomeroy

support@sfnelson.org.nz

Monday - Friday 8.30am-4.00pm

 

Deanne Kilpatrick

deanne@sfnelson.org.nz

Mon, Tues, Thurs 9.00am-3.00pm

 

Phone/Fax:   03 546 6090

 

 

Manager:

 

Susan O'Connell

office@sfnelson.org.nz

Mon - Fri 10.00am -3.00pm

 

Phone/Fax:     03 545 8162

 

 

Motueka family whanau support worker: 

 

Jeannette Bent

Motueka@sfnelson.org.nz

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

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

COMMITTEE:

 

Chairperson: Anne Mokhtar

 

Treasurer:  Fay March

 

Secretary:  Martin Love

 

Committee:   Dick Brown

                     Trish Goulter

                        Sharron Martin

What do we offer?

 

- Referral and advocacy

- Support groups

- Telephone support

- Talks and workshops

- Educational resources

- Regular Newsletters

SF Nelson

Supporting Families in Mental Illness