For help with mental health for yourself, whānau (family member) or a friend, contact your local health clinic or your usual doctor or nurse for advice.
All mental health services are confidential and non-judgemental. We won’t tell anyone about your health unless you want us to, and we won’t make you feel bad about asking for help.
Community Mental Health office, Grey Base Hospital
Phone or visit the Triage, Assessment, Crisis Treatment (TACT) team 24/7 for any mental health crisis. The team is based in Greymouth but covers situations all over the West Coast.
TACT operates from 8am to 9:30pm every day.
On-call staff are available after hours for crises. TACT services are free.
The program can help with:
To find out more please contact your doctor, nurse, or local clinic.
Visitors to the West Coast can call 03 769 7449.
When you call or visit a mental health service, we need to know who you are. To help us:
We won’t share your information with anyone unless you want us to.
CAMHS assesses and treats children and teenagers up to 18 years old with serious mental health disorders, suspected psychiatric disorders, and psychological disorders.
CAMHS also provides:
Some mental health patients experiencing a crisis will have to stay at Grey Base Hospital while they recover. These people stay in the Manaakitanga unit.
2pm to 9pm, unless arranged ahead of time with nursing staff.
Kahurangi [link to Kahurangi section of Grey Base Hospital page] provides modern, home-like facilities for dementia patients needing short-term or long-term care.
10am to 7pm
Kahurangi Dementia Unit is at Grey Base Hospital in Greymouth. It cares for up to 22 full-time patients.
03 769 7482
Grey Base Hospital
Normal visiting hours are between 10am and 7pm. If you want to visit outside these hours, please come via the main hospital reception.
Please check with the nurse in charge before taking a patient for a drive or walk.
If you think Kahurangi might be right for you or a family member, please talk to your usual doctor or nurse. They can organise an assessment if necessary.
We assess new patients for physical health, living skills and social skills. This assessment may take four to six weeks, and we will keep whānau informed during the process.
There is a fee for long stay dementia care patients. The patient may be eligible for a subsidy to cover these costs.
Please talk to your doctor or nurse, or the Kahurangi team to learn more.
Some mental health services on the West Coast are provided by non-government organisations (NGOs).
Residential, vocational, child and youth, and crisis respite services.
Collins St, Blaketown
03 768 6660
Activity and Living Skills service, covering the whole of the West Coast. Offices in Grey and Buller Districts.
Freephone number: 0800 000 029
Provides support and advocacy to whānau and friends through fieldworker visits and support groups. Extensive resource library, free confidential service.
132 Tainui St, Greymouth
0800 684 290
Alcohol and drug drop-in centre 10am-2pm. Support, resources and info on AA, NA, MA and Alanon.
33 Guinness St, Greymouth
03 768 4600
Support services for individuals and families.
37 Peel St, Westport
03 789 6000
A service for children and adults with intellectual disability and challenging behaviour.
If you need IMMEDIATE help, phone your local mental health crisis team on 0800 757 678. Healthinfo has a handy list of people you can contact if you, a friend or family member needs help.
Farming can be a hard and isolating industry, with a history of associated depression and mental health issues. The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (HRANZ) has put together a document with practical advice for mental wellness on the farm.
Some drugs are more harmful than others, but it can be hard to know what the real deal is. NZ Drug Foundation has a tool to help you understand drugs and alcohol and what they do to your body.
The Problem Gambling Foundation has information to help you identify if you have a problem with gambling, whether it is connected to other mental health issues, and how to find help dealing with gambling.
Depression is an illness like any other: it’s not your fault if you have depression, and there are proven effective treatments. Read more about how depression might affect you or a loved one and what you can do.
A lot of different medications can be used to improve mental health, and they can have different effects on you. Healthinfo and Hillmorton Hospital Pharmacy have factsheets on mental health treatments, including nicotine replacement therapy for smokers.
Page last updated: 24 January 2020
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