Promoting mental health, demystifying mental illness, countering stigma and discrimination

Consumer Advisors, Peer Support, Advocacy & Support Groups

In Taranaki there are a range of services available to consumers in the way of consumer advisory service and peer support and advocacy.

Taranaki District Health Board - Mental Health and Addictions Services has had a Consumer Advisor for a number of years.
The Consumer Advisor plays an integral role in providing advice on service development, provision and in monitoring services.

Consumer Advisor:
Sarah Gillington
Tel: 06 753 7749 Ext: 8550.  Fax: 06 753 7715

Nga Hau E Wha (The Four Winds) was established in December of 2008 with a group of two representatives from each of the four regions that meet quarterly to learn about each other's activities and collaborate for people who experience mental illness and/or addiction, to have a voice that is heard on a local, regional and national level.

Services based at:
Mental Health Services,
Base Hospital,
Taranaki District Health Board.
Private Bag 2016,
New Plymouth.
Hours of Service:
Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 4.30pm
Strong Consumer/Tangata Whaiora participation at all levels within the sector can lead to greater consumer satisfaction with services, better recovery and improved quality of services.  Consumers/Tangata Whaiora have been involved in policy and planning in Taranaki.

Kaupapa Maori Service Providers:

Tui Ora
36 Maratahu Street
06 759 4064

Support and Educational Groups in Taranaki:

(For those experiencing mental distress and alcohol drug issues)
Friendship & Fun Social Activities - Encouragement - Educational & Creative Activities - Empowerment

Real Arts
Every Wednesday  1 - 4pm
YMCA Education Buildings
Liardet Street
New Plymouth

Post Natal Peer Support Group
or TDHB Peri-Natal Team: 06 753 6139
or Women's Centre:  06 758 4957

TDHB Alcohol and Drug Service
F.A.D.S - Family / Whanau Alcohol and Drug Support Group
Peer group for people who support a loved one with alcohol and drug issues.
Every Tuesday from 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm
at Alcohol and Drug Service, TDHB, with Sue Phillipson AOD Family Advisor.
Tel: 06 753 7838 ext 7949

Progress to Health
15 Dawson Street, New Plymouth
Tel: 06 757 5549
Craft / Social Group - Please phone  for details
Social Group - Please phone  for details
Women's Group - Please phone  for details

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by The Ministry of Health

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Taranaki Mental Health Sector