Community Mental Health Services

We provide recovery support to people who have experienced mental illness and who are living in the community. Support is provided individually, as a ‘wrap-around’ service or ‘package of care’. Support groups are also provided. We welcome referrals from General Practitioners, Primary Health Organisations and District Health Boards. We also welcome self-referrals, where indicated.   


Community Groups 
We run a variety of groups for different population groups. Some groups provide recovery support, others provide community mental health education or family/whānau support. 

  • Kupenga Ora 
    Service Manager: Marion Gordon-Flower
    Daily groups are provided for adults who have experienced mental illness and are either self-referred or referred by Auckland DHB or General Practitioners. The programme focuses on health and wellbeing, arts and pre-employment pathways.

  • Asian & Muslim Ko Awatea Mental Health First Aid
    Programme Leads: Sobia Asim, June Lee
    We are authorized to provide Mental Health First Aid, a 2-day workshop to empower community members to provide support to one another when experiencing mental health issues. We are delivering these workshops primarily to Asian and Muslim communities, or groups seeking to better understand the mental health needs of these communities.

  • Whānau Support
    Programme Lead: Wynnis Schmahl
    We provide monthly support groups to family/whānau members of people experiencing mental health issues. The groups are facilitated by trained professionals and provide skills in supporting their family/whānau member’s recovery and reducing the impact of mental illness on the family/whanau. The groups are funded by Halfmoon Bay Rotary, and the Howick and Manurewa Local Boards. Five groups are held in Highland Park and south Auckland, including a sibling support group. 


Community Living Service
Service Manager: Mark Pora
We provide support to people who are receiving services from the Intensive Community Team of Counties Manukau DHB. 


Te Korowai o te Aroha-Maori support service
Programme Lead: Tina Kaiawe
We support people who have experienced mental illness to reunite with their iwi, hapū and whānau, recognising the importance of cultural wellbeing to their recovery. 


Mobile Support
We provide a range of services to people who have experienced mental illness and who would benefit from support with their recovery.  The service is mobile, visiting people wherever they live in the community. Our services are specific to different population groups, recognising the importance of cultural strengths to wellbeing, and matching staff to different language needs. We welcome self-referrals. 

The different mobile support teams are:

  • Kaupapa Māori mobile support, Auckland DHB,
    Service Manager: Matekitawhiti Chase  
  • Ola Manuia – Pasifika mobile support, Auckland DHB,
    Service Manager: Saita Manu (Acting)
  • Asian mobile support, specialising in service for non-English speaking clients in both Auckland and Counties Manukau DHB,
    Service Manager: Perry Zhou (Acting) 
  • General mobile support, Auckland DHB,
    Service Manager: Margaret Sianipar
  • Peer Support (Youth), Auckland DHB,
    Service Manager: Alice Havili


Muslim Liaison & Training
Service Manager: Perry Zhou (Acting)
We provide mental health education to the Muslim community, individual mental health support, and advice/education to DHB Mental Health and Addictions staff. We welcome self-referrals.
Location: Auckland DHB region 

Primary Care Support Service

We provide mental health support for people referred by identified medical centres: 

  • Ōrākei, Panmure and Avondale – Service Manager: Perry Zhou (Acting) 
  • Henderson medical centres – Service Manager: Shelley Southgate 
  • East Auckland medical centres – Service Manager: Perry Zhou (Acting) 


Service Manager: Shelley Southgate
We provide consultations with a Wellness Coach for people with mild to moderate mental health issues. Wellness Coaches are Registered Health Practitioners. Consultations occur either in the person’s home or at our Greenlane or Henderson offices. The person is either funded by their Primary Health Organisation (PHO) or pays directly. We welcome self-referrals. The service is provided in Auckland. 


Te Rangimarie – Housing & Recovery Support
Service Manager:  James Nathan
This service is for people who have had a severe mental illness and who need both housing and recovery support for an average of 9 months before moving into independent living.
Location: Manurewa and Pakuranga


Muslim Mental Health Awareness
Real Lives – Nine Recovery Stories


Zainab Hoosenally

Margaret Sianipar

Lorraine Bailey

Shelley Southgate
Sobia Zarrar