Update: Our community told us we need to make some changes. In response, we are improving the way mental health services work with you. We want to assure you we will talk with all service users and their whaanau about how changes might affect their care. If you have any questions please talk to your mental health clinician.

Whakatupu Ora is a specialist mental health service for families with a child under the age of 4.

We serve families of all cultures living in the Counties Manukau Health area.

We work alongside other mental health services, including Taunaki & Te Puawaitanga (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) and Adult Mental Health.

Who Are We?
Our team is made up of a number of clinicians with specialist knowledge and experience in working with families with very young children. Team members come from a variety of professions and backgrounds, including:

  • Child Psychiatrists
  • Child Psychotherapists
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Developmental Paediatricians
  • Social Workers
  • Nurses
  • Child & Family Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists

Who Do We See?
At Whakatupu Ora we help infants and toddlers with social, emotional or behavioural difficulties. We do this by supporting the relationship between caregivers and their child. We can help with difficulties caregivers might have in feeling close to their baby or toddler. We also help parents and pregnant women who have complicated feelings about their child. They may include anger, sadness, worries and difficulties feeling close to their baby.

How Do We Help?
We offer a number of supports and treatments for children and families, including:

  • Assessments
  • Group therapy with caregivers/whaanau
  • Parent-child therapy
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Developmental guidance
  • Parenting advice
  • Emotional support for caregivers/whaanau
  • Practical assistance with day-to-day needs
  • Co-ordination of care with other services
  • Medication

Treatments are tailored to meet individual and family/whaanau needs.

Our clinics are located at 7 Springs Road. There is plenty of free parking on-site.

If you would like to talk to someone with lived experience of mental health and or addictions contact our Peer TALK phoneline on 0800 234 432. This phoneline operates between 5pm and Midnight, seven days a week, and will connect you with a trained peer support worker who will listen to your experience and help you access further help if needed. Note: Peer Talk supports adults over 18. If you are under 18 contact Youthline on 0800 37 66 33.

For more information please see our Whakatupu Ora Service Brochure.

Need Immediate Help?

For urgent after-hours support please contact 0800 775 222, or phone (09) 265 4000 at any time.

If you are having suicidal thoughts, or are worried about someone, there is help available. For more information please visit the Mental Health Foundation - In Crisis?, or in case of emergency call 111.

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