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    Able Minds supports tangata whaiora who are affected by mental distress or addiction and their whānau in New Zealand.  Our goal is to provide individuals and families with the strength,skills and support they need for a better life experience at home, in the community and at work both now and into the future.

    Able Charitable Trust has been in existance for over 40 years in one form or another.  In particular, it is the merger of four organisations - Supporting Families Southland, Waitaki and Central Otago and the Schizophrenia Fellowhip Otago.




    Family Support

    Able's aim is to provide effective interventions for families/whānau dealing with mental illness and addiction.

    This includes:

    Able provide resources and information that may help you and the wider community better understand mental illness or addiction. able also provide education on different types of mental illness with a key role of assisting family/whānau with problem solving and coping strategies.

    Able works with you to support your family or whānau member with a mental illness or addiction. We're here to listen, offer hope and encouragement, help you develop strategies for dealing with difficulties, and to create support networks so you and your family or whānau can cope with the impact of mental illness or addiction.

    Able acknowledges the importance of the family voice and will support you to feel empowered to ensure that your concerns and your opinions are heard. able can provide practical support in your contact with other service providers if needed.


    Support Groups

    Able provides various support groups, located throughout Otago, Southland, Central Otago and Waitaki. Support Groups give families and whanau the opportunity to make friends, share information, share stories, listen, have fun, and to be just you.

    Groups include:

    • Education & Support Meetings - Dunedin
    • Weekly Walking Group - Dunedin
    • Community Link Patnership - Southland
    • Invercargill Support Group
    • Riverton Support Group
    • Te Anau Support Group
    • Horizons - Central Otago
    • Seminars & Guest Speakers - Waitaki





    Focus Activity Centre

    Focus Activity Centre is a community-based environment for people with a mental illness, where you are able to focus on your recovery.

    We offer a linking back into life, offering a social and vocational recovery service.

    The Activity Centre is a pathway to being actively involved in the community,  encouraging a meaningful and active life, assisting to build self confidence and acquire new skills.

    Focus Activity Centre can help by:

    • exploring opportunities for community participation
    • developing goals that focus on community integration
    • providing on-going support and motivation

    Operating five days a week from 9am - 3pm with a range of onsite and off-site activities.

    Some of our past activities/groups are:

    • cooking skills
    • computer skills
    • walking for fitness
    • carpentry skills
    • radio show
    • community outing

    Children Understanding Mental Illness & Addiction (CUMIA)

    Able Mind's CUMIA is an activity based programme for primary school aged children who have a family/whanau member with a mental health or addiction challenge, to aid their understanding in a fun and appropriate way.  It can be a peer or family group exercise, or parts can be used with individuals.  Presented as a 6 week programme during the school term or a school holiday programme over 3 or 4 days.


    Aspire Activities Centre - Alexandra

    The Activities Centre operates at the Able Rooms 28 Ashworth Street, Alexandra.

    The Activities Center provides a supportive environment where anyone affected by a mental health issue can come to relax and feel safe with like minded people.

    There are opportunities to:

    • share 
    • problem solve 
    • chill out 
    • play table tennis or pool 
    • listen to or play music 
    • watch DVDs/TV on Demand  
    • work on own projects 
    • art and craft 
    • writing – journaling, poetry 
    • develop own strengths 
    • do community/volunteer work 

    Eating Disorders - Family Support Group

    We are focused on providing support and information to people with a loved one suffering from an eating disorder. Coming together to discuss experiences, share ideas and develop strategies for coping, the Eating Disorder Group offers a way to connect with those dealing with similar issues.

    Supporting Parents Healthy Children (SPHC) Co-ordinator

    The SPHC Coordinator will work across the Southern DHB area assisting all mental health and addiction services, adult and children services from the secondary and primary (community) sectors that engage with family/whānau to meet the guidelines.

    The aim of the role is to support and promote positive family relationships and the social and emotional development of all children.

    The co-ordinator will assist to strengthen family/whānau centered "best practice" at the personal, service practice and organisational levels. This will include identifying and supporting the professional development of the workforce to recognise and respond to the needs of the children and their family/whānau.

    Suicide Prevention

    Able works with communities to promote mental health and wellbeing and support families/whānau, friends and others affected by suicide or suicidal behaviours.



    Waves Suicide Bereavement Programme

    Able Minds runs the Skylight Waves Suicide Bereavement Programme at various times throughout the year. Waves is an 8-week programme that aims to support adults 18+ years old who have been bereaved by suicide. 

    The programme combines learning about suicide and bereavement with group discussion and support. The group is facilitated by trained facilitators and supports members to:

    • meet and share with others who are also experiencing the impact of suicide.
    • provide a safe, supportive environment to explore aspects of their grief and reduce isolation and stigma associated with bereavement by suicide.
    • gain information and strategies about how to care for themselves and others (including children and young people) after a suicide.
    • adjust to living with loss and moving forward

    You must commit to the full 8 weeks of the programme.


    No fees apply.