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ADD, ADHD, Attention Deficit Disorder:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is among the most commonly diagnosed childhood mental conditions. There's evidence 2% to 5% of the school age population is affected by ADHD, a condition characterised by excessive hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity.

There's more information at www.adhd.org.nz
Or you can contact ADDvocate NZ Inc by post: P.O Box 249, Tauranga,
Or email: addvocate@xtra.co.nz

AIDS/HIV:
The AIDS Foundation
Ph:  0800 802 437

ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG ISSUES

Alcohol Healthwatch
Alcohol Healthwatch is a charitable trust who works to reduce alcohol-related harm.  This work includes providing information and advice, co-ordinating/supporting community networks and undertaking projects aimed at reducing the burden of harm associated with harmful drinking.  Their website is www.ahw.org.nz

Alcohol Drug Helpline
The Alcohol Drug Helpline is an information, referral and intervention service. Its helpliners have over ten years experience in answering any queries you might have relating to alcohol and other drugs. They aim to give you the tools to gain insight into the problems you face and to begin the journey towards change. The number is 0800 787 797.  Their website is www.adanz.org.nz

Alcoholics Anonymous is a world-wide support service for drinkers who recognise their problem.  You'll find Alcoholics Anonymous in the phone book; their freephone is 0800 229 6757 - 0800 AA WORKS

Al-Anon is an orgainsation to help families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend. Similarly, Alateen, is our recovery program for young people. You can contact them on freephone 0508 425 2666 or their website

The Salvation Army also operates a number of support and treatment programmes across New Zealand.  For more information about these, call the Salvation Army as listed in your White Pages phone book.

  • National Drug and Alcohol Helpline - 0800 787 797 - 10am-10pm everyday. A good starting place as they have information about what services are available in each local community. 
  • Local CADS
    (Community Alcohol and Drug Service) - Contact details in white pages. 
    They may also know what support groups have recently been formed in your area.
      CARENZ  
    They provide counselling and treatment for drug and alcohol dependants and their families.
  • Salvation Army Bridge Programme
    Local numbers in the white pages.
    Residential and Out-Patient programmes across the country.
  • There is also a list of some NZ addiction service providers here.

ALZHEIMERS
For support or information on Alzheimers or an associated dementia, please contact your nearest Alzheimers Organisation.  You can dial 0800 004 001 or visit: www.alzheimers.org.nz

ANXIETY
The Mental Health Foundation is a non-government organisation working  in the area of mental health awareness.  The Foundation offers information about mental health issues, with the aim of making mental health everybody's business. The Foundation was established 30 years ago, with the initial impetus being a grant from a TVNZ telethon. You can contact the Foundation through its website www.mentalhealth.org.nz  or phone its resource centre on (09)300 7030.

AUTISM
Autism New Zealand has branches nationwide.  For your nearest, check your local white pages phone book, freephone 0800 288 476, or visit their website

BRAIN/HEAD INJURY
Every day in New Zealand, as many as 90 people sustain a brain or head injury.  Brain injury is usually but not necessarily characterised by a period of unconsciousmess lasting minutes, hours, days, months or indefinitely.  The resulting damage to brain tissue can impair the individuals abilities, both physically and cognitively. The Brain Injury Association New Zealand provides information, advocacy and support to people with brain injury and their families/whanau.  For further information and regional contact details, freephone the association on 0800 272 464 or visit their website:
http://www.brain-injury.org.nz

THE NEW ZEALAND BREAST CANCER  FOUNDATION
Visit their website for more information

BURNS
BURNS SUPPORT GROUP CHARITABLE TRUST
Waikato: 07 829 9719
BOP: 07 362 8048
South Island: 03 231 3118

CHILD SPONSOR ORGANISATIONS

Child Fund ph: 0800-223-800 www.childfund.org.nz
Tear Fund ph:  0800-800-777     www.tearfund.org.nz
Unicef  ph: 0800-243-575     www.unicef.org.nz
World Visionph:  0800-800-776     www.worldvision.co.nz

CHINESE LIFELINE 
Cantonese and Mandarin
Ph: 0800 888 880

CITIZENS' ADVICE BUREAU
CAB appears on both the Personal Help Services page and in the alphabetical section of your White Pages phone book.

CIVIL DEFENCE EMERGENCIES
Earthquakes, floods, storms and volcanic eruptions all have something in common: they happen quickly, often  without warning. We can't prevent disasters but we can all take simple steps to reduce the impact, have our own emergency kits ready to help us fend for ourselves, and be better prepared to recover quickly. 

The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management website provides helpful information about what you can do to be better prepared to cope in such an emergency, as well as educational material on the natural hazards that we face in New Zealand.  The website also has contact details for the various regional Civil Defence Emergency Management planning teams covering New Zealand.  Visit the website here

CYSTIC FIBROSIS
Cystic Fibrosis Association: 03 365 1122

DEAFNESS

Deaf Blind Nz Inc
09 625 8575
National Foundation For The Deaf
Ph: 0800 867 446

DEPRESSION
The Mental Health Foundation is  a non-government organisation working  in the area of mental health awareness.  The Foundation offers information about mental health issues, with the aim of making mental health everybodys business. The Foundation was established 30 years ago, with the initial impetus being a grant from a TVNZ telethon. You can contact the Foundation through its website www.mentalhealth.org.nz  or phone its resource centre on (09)300 7030.

DOWN SYNDROME
The New Zealand Down Syndrome Association
Toll-free: 0800 693 724.
P O Box 4142, Auckland 1015. 
Pre-natal tests for Down Syndrome are also supported.

DRUGS - see Alcohol above.

EATING ISSUES

  • The Eating Awareness Team offers information, counselling and support through their toll-fee number: 0800 690 233.
  • The Eating Disorders Association can be reached by mail or phone.  Call Auckland - 09 - 818 9561, or write to Box 80 142, Green Bay, Auckland 1230. 
  • Citizens Advice has listings for groups in many parts of New Zealand, offering support or counselling.  The Toll Free Number for Citizens' Advice is 0800 367 222.
  • The North Shore Women's Centre offers information, support, courses and counselling relating to eating disorders.  Their number is: 09 44 44 618.
  • Young people will find confidential help, support and advice on many issues concerning and arising from eating disorders available from Youthline. You can call Youthline any time - for yourself or for a friend - on 0800 37 66 33.
  • Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive overeating using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA. Worldwide meetings and other tools provide a fellowship of experience, strength and hope where members respect one another's anonymity. OA charges no dues or fees; it is self-supporting through member contributions.
  • Unlike other organizations, OA is not just about weight loss, obesity or diets; it addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It is not a religious organization and does not promote any particular diet. To address weight loss, OA encourages members to develop a food plan with a health care professional and a sponsor. If you want to stop your compulsive eating, welcome to Overeaters Anonymous .
  • Local meetings are available in many towns and cities, look in the White Pages of the phone directory for contact details in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Canterbury.

EPILEPSY
Epilepsy New Zealand has branches nationwide, listed in your local white pages.  Their freephone is 0800 20 21 22, and their website is www.epilepsy.org.nz

FRAGILE X SUPPORT GROUP
For full details call 09 814 8828

THE FUNDING INFORMATION SERVICE
The Funding Information Service provides the community with information about funding that might be available to them. FundView list funding information for community groups and voluntary organisations, and BreakOut lists information about scholarships and grants for individuals. For more information email info@fis.org.nz or check out the website at http://www.fis.org.nz/

GAMBLING
The Gambling Help Line 0800 654 655

GENETIC SERVICES.
Some syndromes do not have formal support groups of their own in New Zealand.  There are two toll-free numbers that will connect you with Genetic Services, who may have more information about the syndrome you are inquiring about.  The numbers are 0508 36 44 36 and 0800 476 123.

HIV/AIDS
The AIDS Foundation: 0800 802 437

HOMELESSNESS
LIFEWISE assists homeless people in Auckland though the LIFEWISE Centre at 2 Airedale Street in the central city comprehensive crisis services including regular meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as well as on-site access to a wide variety of specialist support programmes. LIFEWISE also runs support services for children, families and older people at other locations in the Auckland region. LIFEWISE is the community and social services division of Methodist Mission Northern. Phone (09) 302 5390 or www.lifewise.org.nz

HURLERS SYNDROME
See Genetic Services

KIDS LINE: now available 24/7 on 0800 543 754

LIFE LINE: 0800 543 354
The Auckland centre is available 24/7 on 0800 111 777. The freephone number for the Christchurch centre is 0800 54 33 54.

LIFE LINE: also offers services in Cantonese and Mandarin on 0800 888 880.

LINKAGE TRUST

Linkage Trust assists people in accessing the information and services that they need to optimise their health and wellbeing.  Linkage Trust provides comprehensive and localised information to individuals and practitioners through Webhealth, an extensive online database of local health and social service providers.  Webhealth also provides an excellent Community Noticeboard and extensive Health and Wellbeing resources.  Go to www.webhealth.co.nz to access details in one of the eight Webhealth regions.

MENSLINE: 0800 636 754.

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY
Muscular Dystrophy New Zealand provides information and support to people with a neuromuscular condition and their families, and advocate for them, so they may better their lifestyles.
Contact: PO Box 16-238, Sandringham, Auckland.
Phone: 09 815 0247 or 0800 800 337
Online: www.mda.org.nz

SPINAL MUSCULAR ATROPHY
Spinal Muscular Atrophy is a muscular disease passed on genetically to children by their parents.  One in 40 people carry the recessive gene. 
Contact: Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy NZ, PO Box 4152, Christchurch
Phone: 0800 FSMANZ
Online: www.sma.org.nz
Email: newzealand@fsma.org

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDERS
The OCD Support Group provides a safe place for people with OCD and their families to share common ground, information and support. It can also provide a forum for learning about OCD through guest speakers.

To contact the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Support Group,
Write to P.O. Box 13 167, Christchurch Phone - (03) 366 0560
Website - www.ocd.org.nz

PANDEMIC ADVICE
The Ministry of Health website provides latest updates, background information, FAQs and guidelines and advice on how to prepare for pandemic influenza.

PARENT TO PARENT
We aim to empower families and caregivers who have children with a disability, health impairment or special condition by providing support, information and training. Any age, any condition. Contact us toll free on 0508 236 236, email national@parent2parent.org.nz or go to www.parent2parent.org.nz

PARKINSON'S SUPPORT
The New Zealand Parkinson's Society offers considerable information and a variety of support services to patients and those around them.  You can contact the Parkinson's Society on 0800 473 463

PERSONAL HELP SERVICES
Check the first page of the Blue section at the front of your Telecom White Pages Directory.  It's usually page 6 of the Directory.

PHOBIAS
The philosophy of the Phobic Trust of New Zealand Inc is to provide full and comprehensive caring by a specialist team of quality people in a village-like complex. The concern and caring will encompass and involve the families and loved ones.  The Phobic Trust's national helpline offers instant support for people who are in crisis with a panic attack. The well-trained phone line volunteers offer information and support for anxiety sufferers and their families/friends and are available to New Zealand's general public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The Number: 0800 14 26 94

For more information, you can also visit www.phobic.org.nz 

POST AND ANTE NATAL DISTRESS 
The Post & Ante Natal Distress Group provides support for women and their families who are experiencing distress or depression during pregnancy and/or after the birth of a baby. This voluntary not-for-profit organization has been operating since 1989.  There are regular structured therapy-based education and support groups run by trained, experienced facilitators and counsellors. These offer information and therapeutic interventions and strategies to help women recover from PND. There is access to subsidised counselling for those needing more intensive therapy.  The telephone support line is staffed by trained people who have recovered from PND, and are now volunteers. It operates 7 days a week from 9am - 9pm. 

The Post & Ante Natal Distress Group, Tel 04 472 3135, P.O. Box 57198, Mana, Porirua 5247.  Email:  pnd.wellington@paradise.net.nz

PREGNANCY COUNSELLING SERVICES
Toll-free: 0800 63 23 28,
Website: www.pcs.org.nz

PRADER-WILLI SYNDROME
For more information visit the Prader-Willi Syndrome Website

RAPE CRISIS
Listed your local White Pages.

RELATIONSHIP/DATING VIOLENCE: SOPHIE ELLIOTT FOUNDATION

The Sophie Elliott Foundation is a charitable trust that aims to cause a profound shift in New Zealand’s attitude towards relationship violence – one that has the next generation recognise and reject all signs of abuse, power and control. For more information about the Sophie Elliott Foundation, their Loves-Me-Not education programme, and to view a range of helpful resources and contacts for help, visit: sophieelliottfoundation.co.nz

SEXUAL ABUSE
If you or someone you know needs help for sexually abusive behaviour you can phone the following agencies between the hours of 8.30am-5pm
Monday to Friday 
SAFE Network, Auckland, (09) 377-9898
STOP Wellington, (04) 566-4745
STOP Christchurch,  (03) 374-5010

SEXUAL HELP SERVICES
Women's Therapy Centre, 09 630 1314
Wellington Sexual Health Clinic, 0800 188 881
Sexercises: Shar's Sensuality Programme, 0800 88 3000
Age Concern: Your local branch is listed in your Telecom White Pages
Grey Power Federation: 0800 473 979
The Men's Clinic: 0508 362 867;
Mangawhau Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinic, 09 522 9705

SEXUALITY ISSUES
Rainbow Youth: www.rainbowyouth.org.nz

SMITH-LEMLI-OPITS
See Genetic Services

SPINA BIFIDA
Support Group: 09 411 9261

SPINAL CORD INJURIES
Catwalk
works with people who have Spinal Cord Injuries and has the primary aim of assisting research into a cure.  The Trustees established the organisation after their friend Catriona Williams, one of New Zealand's leading equestrians, was critically injured in a riding accident.  Zara Phillips is Catwalk's International patron.  Their website  includes a number of links to other support services.

SPINAL MUSCULAR ATROPHY
Spinal Muscular Atrophy is a muscular disease passed on genetically to children by their parents.  One in 40 people carry the recessive gene. 
Contact: Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy NZ, PO Box 4152, Christchurch
Phone: 0800 FSMANZ
Online: www.sma.org.nz
Email: newzealand@fsma.org

STRESS
The Mental Health Foundation is a non-government organisation working  in the area of mental health awareness.  The Foundation offers information about mental health issues, with the aim of making mental health everybody's business. The Foundation was established 30 years ago, with the initial impetus being a grant from a TVNZ telethon. You can contact the Foundation through its website www.mentalhealth.org.nzor phone its resource centre on 09 300 7030.

TOUGHLOVE
TOUGHLOVE is a self-help programme for parents troubled by unacceptable adolescent behaviour. Parent support groups meet weekly to provide education and support.

For more information you can phone 09 624 4363 or visit www.toughlove.org.nz

YOUTHLINE: 09 376 6645 or 0800 37 66 33