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Same service, new name . . . Family Mental Health Support, formerly Supporting Families Aoraki, representatives (from left) nurse Mandy Shelker, founding chairwoman Linda Hughes, nurse Erin Anderson (back), current chairwoman Miranda Woodall, nurse Vicki Wooffindin and administrator Karen Wilson celebrated the re-branding of the organisation on Monday. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

One of South Canterbury’s mental health support services has been rebranded.

Family Mental Health Support (FAMHS), formerly Supporting Families Aoraki, relaunched under its new name with a celebratory morning tea on Monday.

Chairwoman Miranda Woodall told those gathered it was the beginning of a “new era” for the 22-year-old service, which has split from the national body to keep its South Canterbury focus.

FAMHS was an appropriate name as the service supported the families of individuals suffering from mental illness or addiction issues, she said.

About 30 people connected to the organisation attended the relaunch at FAMHS’ Grey Rd office.

Mandy Shelker, one of three registered nurses with the nurse-led service, said the organisation worked with and was financially supported by the South Canterbury District Health Board and often received referrals from the Kensington Centre’s inpatient unit.

FAMHS covers the Aoraki region, including Timaru, Fairlie, Geraldine, Pleasant Point, Waimate and Temuka.

Family Mental Health Support is based at 77 Grey Rd, Timaru. Contact the organisation on (03) 684-4523 or email office@famhs.nz.