How we fulfill our mission

Providing free support, education and information for family and whānau.

Developing Peer Support Networks for families affected by serious and enduring mental illness.

Providing opportunities for mutual support, the sharing of experiences and gaining strength & skills to cope better through participation in support groups.

Promoting the rights and needs of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

Offering advocacy & advice to people about services, and to services about family issues for policy, planning, resourcing & provision.

How we can help

One to one support by phone.

Family and whānau meetings.

Accessing information, identifying issues, establishing priorities, enabling action.

Lending resources from our library.

Advocacy in the most constructive way.

Linking with local peer supports.

Channelling feedback to other services.

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We believe that families and whanau can play a key role in the recovery process for someone who experiences a mental illness.

We use the terms ‘family’ and ‘whānau’ to describe anyone who cares for or supports a person experiencing a major mental illness.

Supporting Families NZ has a network of branches throughout the country that provide information, education, support and training to the families/whānau of people experiencing mental illness.

Position Statement on behalf of families/whānau. Who we are, who do we serve and what do they want?

You can contact us by phone 06 343 9535 or 021 744 106 or email

Fiona Perry, National Coordinator.