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Mental Health

CAMHS (CHILD & Adolescent Mental Health Service)

A multi-disciplinary team made up of clinical psychologists, child psychiatrist and care managers who see children and young people up to and inclusive of 18 years of age.  Provides specialist assessment and treatment services for children and youth with moderate to severe mental health needs, eg; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, anxiety, eating disorders etc.

After hours cover is provided by GPs and A & E who can access CAMHS as required or (in a crisis only).

In a crisis situation you can call the hospital after hours 03 520 9999 and ask to speak to the person ‘on-call’ for CAMHS.  Emergency services (Police and A & E) may also access CAMHS for children and young people in their care.  All professionals wishing to refer a family/young person to CAMHS must complete the CAMHS referral form.

Hours Monday to Friday 8.30 am - 5.00 pm
Phone: 03 520 9905

C.A.R.E. Marlborough

A non-residential support service run by service users of mental health.
Providing peer advocacy, social and educational activities.
C.A.R.E. = Consumers Assisting Recovery Everyday.
Hours 9.00 am - 3.00 pm 7 days per week
Family day Saturdays 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm 
Phone: 03 578 0302

Child Youth and Family Services (CYFS)

Care and protection for children and young people.
Open 8.00 am - 5.00 pm. Call 24/7 for help or to report a concern. 
Phone: 0508 326 459.

Depression Helpline

Phone: 0800 111 757.

Lifeline Marlborough

Free 24 hour telephone counselling service.  Anyone who needs help or just a friendly chat is welcome to call.
Phone: 03 578 7503 or 0800 543 354 for counselling and support.

SF Marlborough (Supporting Families)

Free and confidential. Community-based service that provides support, education, information and advocacy to family and whanau of mental health service users.

Field workers provide one to one or peer support, lessening the isolation that is felt when mental illness/addiction is a part of a family’s life -  informs families of their rights and assists them when accessing Mental health and community services.

Family is not restricted to blood ties, it includes anyone you may care about.
Office hours 9.00 am - 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday.
Phone: 03 577 5491
4 Scott Street (upstairs) Blenheim


SPARX is an online e-therapy tool provided by the University of Auckland. SPARX helps young people learn skills to deal with feeling down, depressed or stressed.


Suicide Crisis Helpline

Phone: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) for people in distress and people who are worried about someone else.

Witherlea House

Provides ongoing assessment and treatment for people suffering from major mental illnesses. Provides short-term contact for assessment and treatment for people with acute mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders. Referrals come from a number of sources but the preferred system is via GP.

This is an adult mental health service for clients over 18. Witherlea house also operates a 24-hour crisis service available through contacting the Wairau Hospital, phone: 03 520 9999.

Daytime contact, phone: 03 520 9907 

Useful Websites


NZ Depression website

www.depression.org.nz  or depression helpline – 0800 111 757 to talk to a trained counsellor about how you are feeling or to ask any questions. 

The Journal


NZ based self-help programme designed to teach you skills that can help get through mild to moderate depression more effectively.

Mood GYM

Mood GYM – is an interactive web program designed to prevent depression. https://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome



A website directed towards youth that tells them a bit about difficulties they may experience and what they can do/who they can contact.

Like Minds, Like Mine


This is a national, publicly funded program aimed at reducing the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. This website provides information and resources on the program, looks at who is involved and show how you can contribute to creating a nation that truly values and includes people with mental illness.

Black Dog Institute


The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit, educational, research, clinical and community orientated facility offering specialist expertise in depression and bipolar disorder.



A website for young people in Auckland and all over New Zealand, as well as their families and schools. Everybody needs to find some headspace when life gets stressful and we hope we can help. In these pages you will find information and ideas about heaps of stuff, and on how to deal with things which might stress us out. So we have pages to deal with stressful times. Some of the pages are aimed at young people in Auckland but most of our site is for everyone. On all our pages you will also find links to other sites we think can give you more good information.


Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, helping young people aged 12 to 25. This website is similar to the NZ website (above), but the layout and the information is a bit different and can be printed off in pdf format.

Learning Meditation


A website with tools, audios and tips on how to relax and ‘be conscious’ or meditate.

Mental Health Foundation


Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand – making mental health everybody’s business promotion, news, link to other websites, information on conditions etc. Provides free information and training, and advocate for policies and services that support people with experience of mental illness and also their families/whanau and friends.



Suicide prevention information New Zealand. This is part of the Mental Health Foundation and provides high quality information to promote safe and effective suicide prevention activities. Not a mental health service or counselling service.