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Family Connections programs in New Zealand and their contact details

If you wish to enquire about a 12-week Family Connections group, please contact the person in your area listed below. If your area is not listed please contact your local mental health family support service.

Due to high demand for places, priority will often be given to family members of people currently accessing specialist Mental Health services.

Northland Janeen Prohl, Tangata Whai Ora & Whanau Leader, Mental Health Services, Te Whatu Ora/Te Tai  Tokerau.
Phone 021 1987714 or email

Waitemata Joanne Brinsden, Whanau Lived Experience Advisor, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Te Whatu Ora/Waitemata.
Phone 021 2704534 or email

Auckland  Leigh Murray, Whanau Advisor, Mental Health and Addictions Directorate, Te Whatu Ora/Te Toka Tumai.
Phone 021 938226 or email

Hawkes Bay Erin, Lana and Olivia – Family Connections Hawkes Bay. Phone Erin Bradley, Social Worker, CAFS, Te Whatu Ora/Hawkes Bay.
Phone 027 4203340 or email

Manawatu Kate Philips, Family/Whanau Coordinator, Supporting Families in Mental Illness Manawatu.
Phone (06) 3558561 or email

Wellington Pip Bowler, Whanau/Family Advisor, MHAIDS, Te Whatu Ora/Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley.
Phone (021) 338 1350 or email

Southern Mihaela Erdelyi, Family Advisor, Mental Health Services, Te Whatu Ora/Invercargill.
Phone (03) 2145772 ext 48772 or email

For general enquiries please contact Family Connections (NEABPD) NZ Inc at

* These agencies are Non-governmental organizations (NGOs). In most regions Family Connections groups are provided through partnerships between District Health Boards, NGOs and families.