Schizophrenia Fellowship NZ

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SF Central Otago
PO Box 356
Alexandra 9320
New Zealand
03 448 9303
03 448 9026
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Schizophrenia Fellowship NZ

SF Central’s main services are fieldworker support provided to the family of people who are unwell and support and activity groups for people and their families. They also provide community education around mental health and have an extensive lending library which is easy to use. All their services are completely free and are funded by District Health Boards and other funding organisations.

The Fellowship is a voluntary organisation established to help families and individuals to cope with schizophrenia and related disorders. It is a national organisation with branches throughout New Zealand. They believe that through joining together for support and information, members become enabled to cope with the illness.

Schizophrenia Fellowship has makeover and steps out as Supporting Families in Mental Illness

“We are pleased to announce that from today (1 July ’09), Schizophrenia Fellowship New Zealand will be known as Supporting Families in Mental Illness New Zealand (Supporting Families),” said Florence Leota, Chief Executive.

Supporting Families was established over 30 years ago and is New Zealand’s largest non governmental organization in the mental health sector that provides support to families/whanau affected by mental illness. It has 21 branches nation-wide and a national office located in Wellington.

“Our organisation is a great supporter of integrated care where the family, clinicians and service providers all work together to provide the best possible recovery plan for those experiencing a mental illness,” said Ms Leota. “We are committed to providing high quality information, education, advocacy and support for families.

“We believe that our new name shows the role we provide to families affected by all serious mental illnesses including schizophrenia, anxiety/panic disorders and bipolar,” Ms Leota said.

The Associate Minister of Health responsible for Mental Health, Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, noted that one in five New Zealanders experiences a mental illness at some stage in their lives, with many more New Zealanders being directly or indirectly affected by that.

“Families/whānau can play a key role in the recovery process for someone who experiences a mental illness. The involvement of families is known to reduce the number of relapses.

“The new name highlights the focus on families. It also reflects the vital role this organization plays in the community. This is another positive step forward in enabling Supporting Families to reach out to families who need their help,” said Minister Coleman.

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