About Us


We can...

  • Listen to your concerns. 
  • Give you information about your rights. 
  • Assist you to identify and clarify issues. 
  • Advocate on your behalf to resolve your concerns.
  • Help with conflict resolution. 
  • Provide information and
  • access to life skills/work skills programmes.
  • Advice and information on peer support
  • networks.

Support you at meetings with...

  • Doctors- GP or Mental health
  • WINZ - benefit or housing
  • Mental Health Services 
  • Lawyers
  • Police
  • Community agencies
  • Government agencies

Assist you to...

  • Advocate on your behalf
  • Assist to write Letters
  • Transport you to meetings
  • Put advance directives in place
  • Refer to other services and/or people that may be more suitable





Our Advocates

Anne

Hi my name is Anne Collins, I am raised in Blenheim and continue to enjoy living here. I have six amazing children ranging from 30 to 19 years old plus two beautiful granddaughters, 7 and 3 years old.

While raising my children, I have been a caregiver for Oranga Tamariki (CYFS) where I have meet some amazing people and had many experiences with different agencies. I have always been passionate about children’s wellbeing, working in the field of family violence advocating for women and children to be free from violence and live safe and without fear in our community.

I have had my own experience of mental health issues which I am still dealing with everyday, which is part of the reason I became a counsellor. I am enjoying meeting and working with our clients and advocating on behalf of them within our community, while building relationships with the many agencies and people along the way.

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Chrissy

Kia Ora,

My name is Chrissy, and I recently joined the Mental Health Advocacy team. I have been involved in mental health services and I have supported people for many years. I am passionate about this work, and I believe most of us move up and down the mental health scale depending on our personal stressors.

I have heard many people say they feel ‘powerless’ in the ‘system’, and when accessing other support services. As part of this team I hope I can assist people to find their voice, and to feel empowered to have a say in managing their mental health and well-being.