These are now being accepted – please note that at this stage only GPs can make a referral – complete one of the Referral Form options below.

Please note, this takes approximately 3 minutes to complete online. After this has been completed, we will make contact, however if you haven’t heard from us, please email: mindwise@stepstone.org.nz or contact us if you have any questions.

Or if you prefer, you can download one of the forms below and email it to: mindwise@stepstone.org.nz. We welcome any questions from GPs, either via phone: 027 212 6663 or email mindwise@stepstone.org.nz

  • Click here for an MS Word version of the form, or
  • Click here for a PDF version of the form.

Eligibility Criteria

The programme is aimed at those who:

  • Struggle with unstable emotional reactions
  • Struggle to maintain relationships
  • Have symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) but may not meet diagnostic criteria
  • Experience mild to moderate self-harm
  • Are aged 18 years and above
  • Do not meet criteria for the CDHB Mindsight programme
  • Are able to commit to 12 x weekly evening group sessions with minimal absence
  • Are willing to work on weekly reflection between sessions
  • Are willing to participate in programme evaluation process.

GP information

Please read our GP Information Letter and the Mindwise Pamphlet (when printing in Duplex settings, use Flip on short edge or Open to top to ensure pages print in correct orientation).

What is Mindwise

MindWise is a 12-week programme that provides participants with information and tools to help them understand their own emotions and the emotions of other people. It is an education group, which uses a Mentalisation Based Therapy approach, but is not itself therapy. The purpose of the group is to equip participants who can then use the tools at home with whanau and friends.

Some of the topics include:

  • Communication
  • Relationships
  • Understanding Emotions
  • Managing and Understanding Self-Harm
  • Finding Effective Coping Strategies.

Why MindWise was established

MindWise was established in 2016 as a joint initiative pilot programme by Stepping Stone Trust and the MindSight programme of the CDHB Adult Specialist Mental Health Service.

The aim is to help people in the community with issues related to emotional dysregulation and self-harm, who do not meet the criteria for the MindSight programme but still required intervention.

Research data collected from participants during the pilot groups demonstrated a significant reduction in self-harm behaviour according to the self-harm index, and all of the participants reported that the material presented in the programme was useful in meeting their needs.

The project was a nominee at the 2016 Canterbury Health System Quality Improvement & Innovation Awards and has been running successfully since.