What you can expect from the Mental Health Advocacy Service
A free service which works in partnership with you to advocate on your behalf or support you to be respected, to have your rights heard and obtain the services you need…
Hi my name is Anne Collins, I am raised in Blenheim and continue to enjoy living here. I have six amazing children ranging from 30 to 19 years old plus two beautiful granddaughters, 7 and 3 years old.
While raising my children, I have been a caregiver for Oranga Tamariki (CYFS) where I have meet some amazing people and had many experiences with different agencies. I have always been passionate about children’s wellbeing, working in the field of family violence advocating for women and children to be free from violence and live safe and without fear in our community.
I have had my own experience of mental health issues which I am still dealing with everyday, which is part of the reason I became a counsellor. I am enjoying meeting and working with our clients and advocating on behalf of them within our community, while building relationships with the many agencies and people along the way.
Kia ora! Nau mai, haere mai,
Firstly, I’d just like to say that I feel very privileged and honored to be in this new position as a Mental Health Advocate with the CARE Marlborough Mental Health Advocacy Service.
My ambition is to bring with me a passion and awareness around mental health for all in the Marlborough region through my years in working with the Social Services. Part of my awareness comes from my qualifications, including a Diploma in Psychology back in 2000. I have had a multitude of different personal life challenges that includes solo parenting both of my two daughters for 10 years. Now, I am fortunate to be part of a blended family, run my own counselling practice and be involved with several Community projects. I have been fortunate to supervise the CARE Marlborough Peer Support Workers over the past year and now look forward to the new challenge of facilitating growth and change as an Advocate.