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Wellbeing Groups

What is a Wellbeing Support Group?

Wellbeing groups provide a safe and inclusive therapeutic space for participants to learn tools and techniques to improve wellbeing.

Group members participate at their own pace, and there is no expectation to share information they are not comfortable with, although often participants do find it helpful to share their experiences and learnings.

All groups are confidential and are led by qualified facilitators who are committed to the process of improving wellbeing.

Comments from Past Groups Participants……

“If it wasn’t for this support it scares me to think where we would be today”

“What a revelation for me to realise that there were other people who were feeling just like me. I was not alone.”

“Joining a group is the best thing I have done."

Wellbeing & Resilience Groups 2019(Free with a referral from a GP or health professional)

Wellbeing Group Brochure

2019 Term 4 - See Brochure and individual listings below. Enrolments now open.

* Many of our groups are free with a referral from a GP or health professional e.g. counsellor, nurse, social worker - see brochure for details.

* Participants must be 18 years or over and either live in the WDHB catchment area or access health services in the area.

If being referred by your GP or other health professional please register by calling 441-8989 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Your referral is valid for one year and you may enrol for one group per term.

Wellbeing Support Groups FAQ
Q1. Can I bring a support person to the Wellbeing Support Group with me?
A1. Not usually. Unfortunately, most of our Wellbeing Support Groups are unable to accommodate support people at this time.
We do sometimes run groups that are specifically for people with support workers. If you would like to be informed next time we run a group like this, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 09 441 8989.
Q2. Will I get a reminder about the Wellbeing Support Group start date?
A2. Yes. We send out an email reminder 2 to 3 days before the first session, and this includes time, date and venue details. Sometimes you will also receive a reminder call or text.
If you have unique communication needs please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 09 441 8989 to let us know.
Q3. I’d like to enrol in more than two Wellbeing Support Groups in one term, can I do this?
A3. No. If you are already enrolled in two Wellbeing Support Groups, and have another group that you would also like to attend, we can add you to our waiting list for that group for the next term.
Q4. I want to do a Wellbeing Support Group next term as well. Do I need a new referral?
A4. Referrals are valid for up to one year from the date that we received them, so you shouldn’t need a new referral for your second term. If you would like to know the date of your referral, please contact Hearts & Minds on 09 441 8989.
Q5. Do I need to register for a Wellbeing Support Group, or can I just turn up?
A5. All of our Wellbeing Support Groups and Wellbeing Workshops are by registration only, as places are limited. If you would like to register for a group, please call us on 09 441 8989.
Q6. If the Wellbeing Support Group that I want to do is full, does that mean that I can’t do the Wellbeing Support Group?
A6. Not necessarily. We maintain a waiting list for all of our Wellbeing Support Groups and sometimes it is possible to start a group in the second session if there is a cancellation. Also, many of our groups are held each term, and putting your name on the waiting list means you will be contacted first when enrolments open for the next term.
You should not need to get a new referral if you go on the waiting list, as referral’s are valid for up to one year from the date that we received them.
If a Wellbeing Support Group that you would like to attend is full, please enquire about being added to our waiting list.
Q7. Can I bring my child(ren) to the Wellbeing Support Groups with me?
A7. No. All of our Wellbeing Support Groups are strictly for people who are aged 18 years and over unless specifically stated. Most of our Wellbeing Support Groups and Wellbeing Workshops do not have the facilities to accommodate children. Please ensure you have child care organised for the duration of the session.
We may sometimes run Wellbeing Support Groups specifically for people who want to bring children along. Please let us know if you would like to be informed when we will be running one of these groups.
Q8. Is there an expectation for me to share what is going on in my life right now?
A8. There is no expectation to share anything more than you feel comfortable sharing. The focus in our Wellbeing Support Groups is on learning tools and techniques to build resilience and overcome the challenges that are holding you back from flourishing.
The only exception to this is Art Therapy, where thoughts and feelings are explored and shared through the creative process.
Q9. How many people will be at the group?
A9. For most of our Wellbeing Support Groups, we generally have between 10 and 15 people attending the group.
Wellbeing Workshops will vary in terms of the maximum number of people we can register, but may have a maximum of 26 people.
Q10. Who are the facilitators and how are they qualified?
A10. Our facilitators are all qualified and registered counsellors, psychologists, and therapists. For information about a specific facilitator, please visit the Facilitators page on our website to read a short bio.
Q11. Is everything discussed at the Wellbeing Support Groups confidential?
A11. Yes, absolutely. At the first session of each Wellbeing Support Group the facilitator will hand out and discuss the “Group Members Rights & Responsibilities” with the Group. This includes a commitment to maintain confidentiality within Groups at all times.
The only exemption is where there is a concern that an individual is at risk of harming themselves and/or another person.
Q12. I have another question that’s not covered here. How can I get in touch with Hearts & Minds?
A12. For enquiries about Wellbeing Support Groups or Wellbeing Workshops, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
For general enquiries please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
For Strengthening Families enquiries please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Or call us on 09 441 8989. Office hours are 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday.
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Term 4

 

Waitakere

(Group 1) Managing Emotions & Finding Balance - Term 4 Facilitator: Amy McDonald Date: Every Monday, 14th October to 9th December (8 sessions) Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm Location Walsh Trust, 8 Hickory Ave, Henderson Cost: $105 (FREE with referral from GP or Health Professional) *no group 28th October – Labour weekend
(Group 2) Art Therapy - Term 4 Facilitator: Sally Legg Date: Every Thursday, 31st October to 12th December (7 sessions) Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm Location Corbans Estate, Henderson Cost: $105 (FREE with referral from GP or Health Professional)
(Group 3) Anxiety & Depression - Term 4 Facilitator: Nicola Duncan Date: Every Wednesday, 16th October to 4th December (8 sessions) Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm Location Manutewhau Community House, 74 Oreil Ave, West Harbour Cost: $105 (FREE with referral from GP or Health Professional)

 

North Shore

(Group 7)Strengthening Self Esteem - Term 4 Facilitator: Karen Venter Date: Every Monday, 14th October to 9th December (8 sessions) Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm Venue: Sunnynook Community Centre, Sunnynook Cost: $105 (FREE with referral from GP or Health Professional) *no group 28th October – Labour weekend
(Group 8) Managing Emotions - Term 4 Facilitator: TBC Date: Every Tuesday, 15th October to 3rd December (8 sessions) Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm Venue: Hearts & Minds Hub, Northcote Cost: $105 (FREE with referral from GP or Health Professional)
(Group 9) Anxiety & Depression - Term 4 Facilitator: TBC Date: Every Thursday, 17th October to 5th December (8 sessions) Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm Location Hearts & Minds Hub, Northcote Cost: $105 (FREE with referral from GP or Health Professional)
(Group 10) Art Therapy - Term 4 Facilitator: Wendy Lawson Date: Every Thursday, 17th October to 5th December (8 sessions) Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm Venue: Hearts & Minds Hub, Northcote Cost:$105 (FREE with referral from GP or Health Professional)

Rodney

(Group 4)Managing Anxiety - Term 4 Facilitator: Karen Griffiths Date: Every Monday, 14th October to 9th December (8 sessions) Time: 6:45pm - 8:45pm Venue: HBC Youth Centre, 214D Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa Cost: $105 (FREE with referral from GP or Health Professional) *no group 28th October – Labour weekend
(Group 5)Self-Esteem & Well-Being - Term 4 Facilitator: Nicola Duncan Date: Every Thursday, 17th October to 5th December (8 sessions) Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm Venue: HBC Youth Centre, 214D Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa Cost: $105 (FREE with referral from GP or Health Professional)
(Group 6) Coping with Grief & Loss - Term 4 Facilitator: Karen Griffiths Date: Every Friday, 18th October to 6th December (8 sessions) Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm Location HBC Youth Centre, 214D Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa Cost: $105 (FREE with referral from GP or Health Professional)

For New Comers

Global Food & Friends - Term 4Date: Wednesdays (fortnightly)Time: 10:30am - 12:30pmVenue: Hearts & Minds Hub, Northcote View Flyer Learn more about Kiwi Culture, meet new friends and try food from around the World.To learn more, please contact us on 09 441 8989 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Karen Barnett

Contact Karen (09) 441 8989 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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