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Peer Support & Advocacy Service

“Your Vision, Your Choice”

COMPASS provides peer support and advocacy for tangata whaiora (people seeking wellbeing) in the Nelson/Tasman district.


Advocacy is about having someone on your side, supporting you & helping you to find a voice to be heard.  This can be important when you feel you are not being listened to or your wishes are not taken seriously.

A COMPASS advocate can help you to:

  • Gain and understand information regarding your situation and what to expect from services
  • Explore options to assist making choices
  • Communicate your needs and wishes
  • Have your rights acknowledged and upheld
  • Access services to which you are entitled
  • Use the complaint procedures
  • Feel you are not alone & someone is on your side to support
  • Put in place an advanced directive

A COMPASS advocate can attend meetings with you to ensure your voice is heard this includes but is not limited to:

  • Meetings and assessments with Doctors, lawyers, psychiatrists
  • Meetings with Government agencies e.g. WINZ, CYF (we recommend everyone takes a support person with them to WINZ)
  • Mental Health Act hearings

We will also support you to write letters, make phone calls and make and follow up complaints.

Peer Support

Peer Support is about people who have recovered from mental distress walking alongside tangata whaiora in their recovery journeys.

It is a system of giving and receiving help founded on key principles of respect, shared responsibility and mutual agreement of what is helpful.

Peer support offers a fundamentally different model of supporting people to make sense of their experiences.  It can provide people with opportunities to find new ways and strategies to respond.  Peer support relationships validate the reality of a person’s experience outside the context of “illness” or diagnosis.  Rather it is built on mutual aid and understanding.  The peer support model challenges the “problem” approach and focuses on discovering and creating innovative and alternative resources, solutions and strategies

Contact us:

To email us please use the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Our service hours are from 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday-Friday (excluding public holidays) and is available for support, information or advocacy.

Office Phone: 03 548 2798 ext 6

Free Phone: 0800 212 798

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You are welcome to contact us using this form.

Please mention which subject your enquiry is about:
COMPASS (mental health advocacy & peer support services)
Kotuku respite house
Mental Health Promotion
Wellbeing@Work - Oranga Mahi
The Business Forum on Mental Health
Youth and Drugs (CAYAD)
or other enquiry

Thank you for your enquiry.
We will respond as soon as possible.