To find information about Canterbury mental health providers and other information, the following have extensive indexes:
• Mental Health Education and Resource Centre
• Webhealth
• Canterbury Webhealth

MHAPS is a peer-led, Christchurch-based charitable trust working in the area of mental health and addictions. Our passion is to assist people who experience mental distress/mental illness and/or addictions towards recovery. We do this through peer support by engaging, encouraging and providing relevant information in the knowledge that people often know their own paths to wellness and need help and support over the hurdles they may face. MHAPS holds the consumer participation and leadership contract for Awareness, and we work closely with MHAPS on projects in a joint way. Awareness monthly meetings and other events are usually held at the MHAPS Community Wellbeing Center at 826 Colombo Street, Christchurch Central.

BINZ Yahoogroup is an email reflector for mental health consumer discussions and news dissemination. If you don’t already have a Yahoo ID, just send a blank email to

Phoenix Group New Zealand an email group to share information on the development of peer run services in the Wellington region. If you don’t already have a Yahoo ID, just send a blank email to

Comcare Trust Quality mental health and addictions services for the people of Canterbury.

PSION Peer Support In Otautahi (Christchurch) Network.

Step Ahead Trust Enhancing the well being of people who experience mental illness.

Anxiety Support Canterbury Trust

Psych Watch blog documenting psychiatrists behaving badly.

Lake Alice Hospital

Platform connects, collaborates and promotes a cohesive community mental health and addictions service sector.

Te Pou New Zealand’s National Centre of Mental Health Research, Information and Workforce Development.

Wellbeing Recovery Learningis being developed by Mary O’Hagan and Sara McCook Weir in partnership with several agencies and people who have lived experience of mental distress. Mary and Sara both have lived experience of mental distress.

Beating the Blues has been proven to help people suffering with mild and moderate depression to get better and stay better and is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Time to change Let’s end mental health discrimination (UK) is a comprehensive Web site database featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide. includes up-to-date information about prescription and over-the-counter medications and includes details about associated side effects to aid in the protection of patients and consumers.

Mental Health and Wellbeing by Community & Public Health, a division of the Canterbury District Health Board.

Best practice guidelines for mental health promotion programs: Older adults 55+ a Canadian website.

World Federation for Mental Health

The Right to Choose (no-smoking policy)

Behind Closed Doors (video) tells the story of Bettina, Sandy, Valerie and Tonier who have spent decades struggling to overcome childhood abuse. Retraumatized within psychiatric hospital walls, their lives continue to spiral downward into drug abuse, sexual victimization, and homelessness. Their future uncertain, they turn to a non-traditional, community program, hoping to heal.

Rethink English mental health charity.

One in Four magazine The glossy, full colour quarterly contains a mixture of articles, news and information written predominantly by people with mental health difficulties, for people with mental health difficulties. It explains services and treatments, discusses health and wellbeing and inspires by showing positive images of people with mental health issues.

Hearing Voices Network Aotearoa NZ

Justice Action Australia

The Borderline Experience BPD Up Close and Personal – blogs, experiences, etc.

Calm Clinic website. An anxiety and stress advisory service on natural ways to eliminate depression, stress, anxiety and panic attacks.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a nonprofit mental health watchdog, responsible for helping to enact more than 150 laws protecting individuals from abusive or coercive practices. CCHR has long fought to restore basic inalienable human rights to the field of mental health, including, but not limited to, full informed consent regarding the medical legitimacy of psychiatric diagnosis, the risks of psychiatric treatments, the right to all available medical alternatives, and the right to refuse any treatment considered harmful. (USA)

Infant Mental Health Association Aotearoa New Zealand is passionate about the social and emotional well being of infants and their families.

Consumer Networks and Information Sources


• North Canterbury Mental Health Consumers Network

• Lagalaga Pacific Island Consumer Group (Christchurch) – Seulata Fui, email: mhs at pacifictrust dot co dot nz

• Te Mana Mauri Motuhake Kotahi Trust (Christchurch) – George Tripp, email: gtripp at xtra dot co dot nz


• Otepoti Consumer Action on Mental Health Trust (Dunedin) – Pat Tilllard, email: Tillard at xtra dot co dot nz

• Waitaki Consumer Action on Mental Health Trust (Oamaru) – George Tripp, email: gtripp at xtra dot co dot nz

West Coast

• West Coast Consumer Action on Mental Health Trust – Toni Russell, email: tonir at kinect dot co dot nz


• Nikau House – 56 Rutherford Street, Nelson – email: nikau dot house at nmhs dot govt dot nz

• The White House – 349 Trafalgar Square, Nelson – email: thewhite_house at xtra dot co dot nz


• Care Marlborough – 26 Percy Street, Blenheim – email: caremarlb at xtra dot co dot nz


• Murihiku Mental Health Trust – 7 Martin Street, Invercargill – email: mmht at xtra dot co dot nz


• 101 Drop Inn Centre – 101 Stafford Street, Timaru

• Victoria House – 27 Rose Street, Parkside, Timaru

North Island and overseas

• Auckland Regional Consumer Network

(Australian) National Mental Health Consumer and Carer Forum

Scottish Recovery Network

Rethink (UK)

Links to documents

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) in NZ MOH document, August 2009

Seclusion Guidelines MOH document, February 2010


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