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Southland Catchment Profile

Mental Health and Addiction Services in Southland

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Child, Adolescent and Family Services

Child, adolescent and family services are traditionally delivered to young people aged 0-17 years of age. No service is delivered to a young person in isolation and families, whanau and carers are always included in the process of diagnosis, treatment and recovery planning. In Southland the Southern DHB Provider Arm is the main provider of secondary specialist services to this age group. Their service consists of a multi-disciplinary team delivering from three sites across the Southland District and also includes outreach services. The Southern DHB contracts additional specialist services from a number of community based providers. These providers deliver a range of programmes and services from different locations and to specific at-risk individuals, families and communities.


The Southern DHB Mental Health CAF Service is district-wide and delivers services to young people and their families aged 0-19. The service is delivered by multidisciplinary teams in Invercargill, Gore and the Wakatipu. Specialist staff also travel to outreach clinics in Gore, Queenstown and Te Anau. The service also provides educational support and resources. Referral to the service is via General Practitioners, the Southland Mental Health Emergency Team, other Mental Health service providers, schools and self-referral. The service consists of:

  • Intake Worker
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Child and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Kai Awhina
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Psychiatrist

CAFS also support families as a part of its role working with children and young people. Families, whanau and care givers are encouraged to be involved in most aspects of the care and treatment of their children. CAFS employ 17 full-time equivalent staff and the service sees approximately 370 young people each year.

Southern DHB Child, Adolescent and Family Services
Elles Road
Phone (03) 214 5786 or 0800 443 366
Southland Mental Health Emergency Team (SMHET) 0800 467 846


Pact Youth South delivers a range of support services to young people aged 0-19 affected by a mental health problem. Except for residential services which are based in Invercargill, all other services are delivered district-wide from offices in Invercargill and Queenstown. Pact Youth South employ 10 FTE staff and provide residential services (3 beds), day programmes, community support and family, whanau support. Young people are eligible for the service via self-referral, or after referral from family/whanau, a GP, government departments, community agencies and the Southern DHB CAFS team. The service supports approximately 40 young people each year.

Pact Youth South
c/- 15 The Crescent
Phone (03) 211 2850


ABLE - Invercargill Office deliver support and advocacy services to children / youth who have a parent or sibling affected by a mental illness and/or drug and alcohol issue. They are based in Invercargill and have a District-Wide contract. Services include advocacy, support, education and information. Able Southland employ one field worker and the service sees approximately 40 young people each year.

Able - Southern Family Support
Invercargill Office
46 Kelvin Street
Phone (03) 218 2100