Useful Links


  • All Right? – “works to support and improve Cantabrians’ mental health and wellbeing as we recover and rebuild from the earthquakes”
  • Canterbury Mental Health Directory (MHERC site) – “directory of Mental Health Services in the Canterbury region, including Canterbury District Health Board Specialist Mental Health Services”
  • Comcare Trust – “mental health and addiction services for the people of Canterbury”
  • depression.org.nz – “follow other people’s journeys to wellness, below, or explore the site to find your own way to a better place”
  • Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Support (MHAPS) – “assist people who experience mental distress, mental illness and / or substance addiction through their choice of services towards recovery”
  • Mental Health Education & Resource Centre (MHERC)
  • Stepping Stone Trust – “offers a range of community-based support services for adults, youth and families who live in Canterbury and are affected by mental illness”
  • Supporting Families in Mental Illness – “support families and whanau to provide the best possible quality of life and recovery to their loved one who has a mental illness and to their own self care”
  • The Lowdown – “straight up answers for when life sucks”
  • Warmline – “telephone support service for people experiencing mental illness”
Keep up the good work, consumer driven organisations are always empowering to clients.
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Referrer , Canterbury
Step Ahead is a wonderful asset in Christchurch for people with a mental illness. You do great work!
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Family member , Christchurch
I believe if people start attending from hospital, they are more likely to engage once living in the community. Keep keeping on!
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Clinician , Christchurch
I know my sister really enjoys and looks forward to the ski day every year, and some trips/day outings . . . She also appreciates the newsletter every month, and I know that gives her a boost . . . thank you for your hard work and support.
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Family Member , Christchurch
Over the time as I see consumers grow and become more confident, I am amazed. The groups, activities and support given is well received by consumers, and family/whanau. You hold a valuable service, keep challenging.
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Referrer , Canterbury
Step Ahead has been very useful for our family member. It has given her strength and confidence to attempt things she would never have done in the past. She is meeting a lot of people with similar problems to her, and they can face new challenges together and help one another by talking about it.
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Family Member , Christchurch
I think you have a great organisation. My son has greatly benefited from all the activities he has been involved in and I’d like to thank you for the great job you are doing. May you keep going for a long time, you have really helped him in his life.
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Family member , Christchurch
Always had positive feedback from clients, very well presented and an enjoyable monthly newsletter.
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Clinician , Canterbury
Your service is excellent, keep up the good work. Being able to engage people into Step Ahead prior to discharge is very useful from our perspective, for the person, and focusses them on the community, not extending the inpatient stay.
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Clinician , Christchurch
I have nothing but praise for Step Ahead . . . The clients I have worked with regarding issues have been treated fairly, with respect and dignity.
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Clinician , Christchurch