Health and Wellbeing

Our Health and Wellbeing team provides counselling and education to young people (age 10-25) in the area of Alcohol and DrugDepressionAnxiety and Eating Awareness.

St John of God Hauora Trust

Mana Ake - Stronger for Tomorrow

he Mana Ake - Stronger for Tomorrow provides support for children aged five to 12 years old across Canterbury. Our Health and Wellbeing Team provides professional team leadership to Mana Aka Kaimahi by coordinating Kaimahi to ensure equitable resourcing across clusters, supporting evaluation, monitoring and enhancement of the service response and working closely with school clusters to support the implementation of Mana Ake.

Mana Ake kaimahi work with schools to support teachers, families and whānau when children are experiencing ongoing issues that impact their wellbeing such as anxiety, social isolation, parental separation, grief and loss and managing emotions.

Mental Health Counselling Service

Our Health and Wellbeing team offers young people, who have low to moderate range of the mental health issues, a space for reflection so they can find pathways forward. This is provided one-on-one or in groups.

Our mental health clinicians have extensive experience working with young people and collectively offer a range of counselling styles and techniques to support young people.

When you meet with our clinicians, we recommend you bring an open mind and a willingness to help yourself. This means committing to trying out new skills and strategies between appointments, and discussing your experiences during your counselling sessions.

Our service is funded by Ministry of Health and free of charge for service users.

Appointments and referrals

Appointment times are available weekdays from 8.30am to 5.00pm. At your initial appointment you will need to complete some paperwork, so we can assess your problem and understand your goals. Together we discuss these and agree a plan for the work ahead; this also helps you decide whether counselling is something you wish to commit to at this time.

We accept referrals from general practitioners (GPs), school counsellors, other social services and self-referrals. There is often a wait list for initial appointments, you will be advised of approximate time when we receive your referral.

Refer to us

Eating Awareness Team

Health and Wellbeing Service

More information

Tel: (03) 386 2159 
Email: enquiries.waipuna@sjog.org.nz