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Able Charitable Trust - t/a Able Minds

Region wide free, confidential and mobile community-based service to support tangata whaiora who are affected by mental distress or addiction and their whānau.

Region wide free, confidential and mobile community-based service to support tangata whaiora who are affected by mental distress or addiction and their whānau.  Our goal is to provide individuals and families with the strength, skills and support they need for a better life experience at home, at work and in the community.  We have office presence in Invercargill, Dunedin, Gore, Alexandra and Oamaru.

  • Able Minds support workers are experts providing emotional support, information, advocacy and peer support groups for whānau who have a loved one experiencing mental distress and/or addiction challenges. They understand the impacts this can have on the family and the system, collaborating with other services to ensure whānau are well resourced in the care of their loved one.  Able Minds builds resilience so that families can cope effectively with the challenges they face.
  • Able Minds facilitates Activity Centres and Groups which are formalised meetings where those experiencing mental distress can come for peer support but also to actively focus on their recovery learning tools, tactics and strategies to build self-esteem, confidence and reconnect people back into the community.   
  • Able Minds delivers several reputable programmes in the community. Skylight Waves which is an eight-module course to walk alongside those who have suffered bereavement as a result of suicide.  CUMIA (Children Understanding Mental Illness and Addiction) which is a six-module course designed for school aged children with a family member that is affected by mental distress or addition.  Both programmes impart tools and skills to move forward and live well.  RAW (Rangatahi and Wellbeing) is a combination of one-on-one emotional support and peer support group work to improve resilience of our youth aged 12-24 years and reduce mental distress and the risk of suicide.
  • Able Minds’ clinical Supporting Parents Healthy Children Co-ordinator is the primary link between District Health Board and the needs of a community with a focus on achieving better health outcomes for children, parents and whānau as a whole.
  • Able Minds will work with communities to promote mental health and wellbeing and support family/whānau, friends and others affected by suicide or suicidal behaviours.
  • Able Minds’ Timeout Contact take pride in working alongside children and their significant whānau members who are exposed to challenges associated with separation. TOC provides a neutrally based supervised contact service which establishes and maintains whānau bonds it creates positive memories through the facilitation of safe and meaningful contact.

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Able Charitable Trust - t/a Able Minds


Sarah Dowie

0800 494 262 admin@able.org.nz


PO Box 4003
St Kilda, Dunedin

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