About SF Nelson

Our mission is: “The best possible quality of life for people with a major mental illness, and their family, whanau and carers”


SF Nelson is a community organization that provides free support for families, whanau and carers of people with a major mental illness. We provide information, resources, education, advocacy, social and educational support groups, referral to other services, and newsletters.


The family whanau support workers can provide families with information about mental illnesses, treatment options, accommodation, medications, the mental health act, and consumer, family and whanau rights or can simply provide a listening ear. Our family whanau support workers can arrange to meet with you at our offices, in your home or another convenient place, and they are available for support on the phone. The family whanau support workers also facilitate regular monthly Carers peer support groups.


Our service extends from Murchison to Motueka and Golden Bay, Richmond to Nelson and as far as Rai Valley.

SF Nelson ‘Supporting Families in Mental Illness’ is a branch of Supporting Families NZ, formally called Schizophrenia Fellowship (N.Z.) Inc. which was formed in 1977.

SF Nelson supports families, whanau and carers of someone who has a major mental illness such as Schizophrenia, Bi polar disorder, clinical depression and other related disorders.

Families and whanau may self refer simply by phoning or emailing a family whanau support worker or by contacting the office. (see the details below)


SF Nelson

Alma House level 1

83A Buxton carpark



Postal:  PO Box 270 Nelson 7040



To contact us:


Nelson family whanau support workers:


Vicky Pomeroy


Monday - Friday 8.30am-4.00pm


Deanne Kilpatrick


Mon, Tues, Thurs 9.00am-3.00pm


Phone/Fax:   03 546 6090





Susan O'Connell


Mon - Fri 10.00am -3.00pm


Phone:     03 546 6090  or  027 546 6010



Motueka family whanau support worker: 


Jeannette Bent


Office hours: Monday 9.30 - 4.30, Tues 9.30 -3.30 Thurs 9.30 - 2.30


Phone/Fax  03 5287790




THANK YOU: We are very grateful to the support of Rata Foundation and COGS (Community Grants Organisation) who have recently both granted us funding which will used for SF Nelson manager and  administrator wages.


SF Nelson gratefully acknowledges the support of The Springhill Trust/Frimley Foundation, The Canterbury Community Trust, The NZ Lotteries Board, Anchor Press Ltd, Dave Hector Chartered Accountant; Jorgensen Chartered Accountant (auditor)


SF Nelson is a member of Supporting Families In Mental Illness New Zealand Inc









Need to Talk?   Call or Text 1737


Nelson Hospital switchboard (for after hours emergencies)

Nelson:   546 1800

Motueka (toll free):   528 1160

Murchison and Golden Bay:   0800 835 5342


Lifeline:   0800 543 354

Men’s line:   0800 636 754

Youthline:   0800 376 633

Compass: (24Hr support for service users)   0800 212 798

     Text: 021 548 279


Alcohol and Drug helpline:   0800 787 797

Healthline:    0800 611 116


Single Point of Entry: For referral to Nelson Mental Health services phone
0800 776 364
. (088SPOEMH) . SPOE operates Monday to Friday 8.30am –4.30pm.

Crisis after-hours calls should be made by calling 03 546 1800.
Your call will be triaged by Home Care Medical, a national after hours mental health triage response service. You will then be referred to your local On Call Community Assessment Team(CAT) or other appropriate service as assessed.

Suicide Crisis Helpline 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) assists those in distress, or those who are concerned about the wellbeing of someone else.






Chairperson: Anne Mokhtar


Treasurer:  Fay March


Secretary:  Martin Love


Committee:   Dick Brown

                     Trish Goulter

                        Sharron Martin

What do we offer?


- Referral and advocacy

- Support groups

- Telephone support

- Talks and workshops

- Educational resources

- Regular Newsletters

SF Nelson

Supporting Families in Mental Illness