Become a Member of SF Nelson




Your membership also ensures that Families and whanau have a collective voice when advocating to the local DHB for better mental health services or at a national level to the Ministry of Health or the Government. Because we are an incorporated society, committee members must be paid up members of SF Nelson in order to vote and/or be nominated at local SF Nelson committee level, and also at a national level such as at the AGM of Supporting Families in Mental Illness NZ Inc.




Click on link below for a membership form:


SFNelson Membership form in PDF format

Want to become a member of SF Nelson?


See below for details and a membership form




Nine member branches affiliated to Supporting Families NZ voted at a Special General Meeting held in Wellington at the weekend to decide the future structure of the organisation.  A remit to nationalise the organization was approved by a vote of 7 in favour and 3 votes against (SF Auckland having 2 votes).  Supporting Families Nelson voted in favour of the national structure.  


SFNZ will over the coming month’s transition to a new national structure and the hard work now begins.  SFNZ is determined that this new structure will work for the benefit of family and whanau with a member who experiences a mental illness.


The leadership of the new structure will remain connected to the voices of people living with or affected by mental illness in local communities around New Zealand via Regional Advisory Committees. Local Advisory Groups will be established to help set the direction that should be taken in their community. 


There will be no changes to the current family whanau support service at a local level.




Family Whanau Advisor to NMDHB


SF Nelson is very pleased to introduce Teresa Foster as the recently appointed Family whanau advisor to the Nelson Marlborough DHB (for the Nelson/Tasman region).  Teresa’s Iwi affiliations include  Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Te Āti Awa Nui Tonu and Ngāti Mutunga O Wharekauri.  


Her  role is to work in partnership with local mental health and addictions staff and the consumer advisor to advocate the family whanau perspective in mental health and addiction services.  Teresa will also work alongside the Marlborough Family and Whanau advisor  Liz Collyns.  While this is a small part time role of 8 hours per week, we are excited to have the opportunity to work collaboratively with NMDHB to represent the family and whanau voice at a strategic level.


Teresa’s contact details are: 



Mobile:  027 546 6050    



Mental Health Government Inquiry: 


You may be aware, that on 31 January 2018, the NZ Government established an Inquiry into mental health and addiction.    The ultimate goal of the Inquiry is to improve the mental health and addiction outcomes of New Zealanders.  They have been asked to look at how we promote and support good mental health in New Zealand, and the support and services currently in place to respond to the needs of people experiencing mental health and addiction challenges, including people affected by suicide.


They want to provide a clear direction for the future that generates hope and supports communities, providers and government to take action.


Listening well to a wide range of communities and stakeholders is important for the Inquiry. The panel members want to hear from everyone, including service users, their families/ whanau, service providers, advocates, sector groups, and experts. They want to hear all ideas – big or small, specific or broad, innovative or building on what’s already happening.


Families and whanau and service users/tangata whairora are encouraged to give their feedback in any way they can.  All family and whanau with experience of mental health services are welcome to join the public forum and our local family/whanau forums to share your thoughts and ideas on what is happening currently and what you think could be done differently.  


Information about the Inquiry is available on

Hint:  It is useful to prepare and write down what you want to say before you come to the public Inquiry forum or the SF family whanau forums.  We want to hear what is happening currently and what you think could be done differently.

Submissions close 5 June 2018. The Inquiry will report back to Government by the end of October 2018.


How can families and whanau contribute to the Inquiry?


 Family whanau submission:  Families and whanau and Tangata whaiora can write their own submissions and email their feedback directly to  the Government Inquiry team via  


Or you can post it to Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry, PO Box 27396, Marion Square, Wellington 6141. You can also provide your submission over the phone if you prefer by calling 0800 644 678 between 9:30am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday. 


Consultation document:


A consultation document is available online which will assist groups and individuals to share their feedback in any format that works for you whether it is written or verbal. You can access the document via this link Mental health inquiry consultation document.


Contribute to the Supporting Families NZ Submission:


Supporting Families NZ is preparing a submission on behalf of families and whanau in NZ.  SF Nelson intends to contribute to this submission and we will be facilitating family whanau focus groups over the next few weeks to hear family whanau views to include in the submission.   The more ways the Inquiry team can hear the family whanau voice the better.   


SF Nelson will host a discussion group for families and whanau to share their views to contribute to the submission on Monday 14 May at 5.45pm (Venue to be confirmed).

The Meeting will be facilitated by the Family Whanau Advisor Teresa Foster.   


Please RSVP to for confirmation of venue and catering purposes.

Or phone Susan O’Connell on 03 5466090  or mobile   027 546 6010





Single Point of Entry Mental Health (SPOE):


 For referral to Nelson Mental Health services phone 0800 776 364.


  SPOE operates Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm.


 Crisis after hours calls should be made by calling the hospital 5461800 and asking for the on call Mobile Crisis Team.    


Suicide Crisis Helpline 0508 828 865  (0508 TAUTOKO)


assists those in distress, or those who are concerned about the wellbeing of someone else.            



Depression Helpline (open 24/7)  0800 111 757


Need to Talk   Call or Text 1737

SF Nelson

Supporting Families in Mental Illness