Brief Intervention Services

What is the brief intervention service?

WellSouth Brief Intervention Primary Mental Health Service provides support and assistance to people experiencing concerns related to their mental well-being. 

This can include people experiencing

  • stress,
  • depression,
  • anxiety or
  • concerns about their alcohol and drug use.

This service is available to those people eligible for NZ healthcare and 20 years of age and over.  Generally people are referred by their general practice health care team.

 What happens after I am referred?

 Once the referral has been received you will be contacted by one of the clinical team within 2 weeks.  This may be  a letter informing you that your referral has been received.  The clinician will contact and discuss the referral with you, and identify supports that you may require.  Priority for service is given to those people who are Maori / Pacific or refugee or have community service or high user health card.

The clinician who makes contact with you can discuss the most appropriate follow up options for you which could include:

  • Self-help options including; e therapy, books on prescription.
  • Telephone support,
  • Referral to a more appropriate agency/service,
  • Advice around alternative follow up options,  which could include private counselling or Employee assistance programs.
  • Face to Face appointments - Waiting times to be seen by a clinician can vary from 1-2 months.  

Is there any support before I get to speak to a clinician?  

There are a wide range of online and telephone support services.  These are listed on  our Look After Yourself Resource along with some tips to help you look after yourself. Our While you wait resource has further ideas.

You can also read more about support prior to an appointment by following this link.

Do you run any group support?

Not at this time, but please check back regularly on this website as we hope to deliver groups in the future.