Whānau and Family Support

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At Emerge Aotearoa our purpose is to ensure family/whānau feel supported, heard and listened to.  Emerge Aotearoa's Family and Whānau support services offer support to families who have a loved one facing a mental health challenge.

Our support workers help to bring crucial awareness to families about how they can support their loved one by supplying information about mental illness, the mental health system, community resources and other supports that are available.

We also help families to work through their own dynamics and aid understanding of what a loved one is going through. Often, whānau don't have the right tools to support their loved one, and our Family & Whānau Support services can assist with strategies for coping and making contact with relevant services and support groups.

Our family/whānau service provides:

  • Support:  how to best care and support your loved one with mental distress
  • Information/Education:  to have a better understanding of mental health illnesses, services and supports
  • Advocacy:  empower families/whānau to confidentially navigate mental health services 

For family/whānau support services in the Waitemata district (West Auckland, North Shore & Rodney)

Please contact: 

Martina Gifford - Family/Whānau Support Worker
DDI 09 839 7308 P 09 839 7301 M 021 847 206   

For all other enquiries, please contact your nearest office below to ascertain if this service is available in your area.

For assistance please contact your nearest Emerge Aotearoa Office, Auckland (09) 265 0255, Wellington (04) 589 9442, Christchurch (03) 371 5599 or send an email.