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Primary mental health and addiction

Almost half of all New Zealanders will experience mental health and/or addiction distress at some point in their lives, and general practice teams are often the first place a person will turn to for help. In fact, it is estimated at least 30 per cent of GP consultations are mental health related. 

Pinnacle Midlands Health Network's primary mental health service provides access to a range of services that support patients with mild to moderate mental health concerns. 

Find out more about the services we offer across the Midlands region... 





Mental health resources 

Addiction resources 

Meet our team

Amanda Bradley is the Mentally Well Programme Lead for Pinnacle Midlands Health, covering 4 DHB regions. Amanda has more than 20 years' experience working in mental health and addiction services. She strives to encourage better outcomes for those living with or experiencing mental illness and/or distress. Amanda enjoys sharing her knowledge with all disciplines and supporting practices and community to enhance positive change in our communities. Amanda also supports the Waikato Suicide Prevention and Postvention Advisory board, working towards reducing our current suicide numbers in New Zealand. Feel free to contact Amanda regarding any mental health issues or queries at or 027 598 5542.

Dr Andrew Darby has worked in the Waikato since 1995 and has experience across a range of psychiatric settings including the crisis service, private practice, general adult inpatient and community settings, drug and alcohol, and in clinical leadership as the clinical director for adult mental health. He's passionate about helping to change the ever-increasing tide of mental illness - helping people and clinicians to recognise and manage mental illness before reaching "the metaphorical cliff of despair."

Dr Maree McCracken is our GP lead for mental health and addiction at Pinnacle MHN. Maree is passionate about mental health service improvement. Email or 027 485 7847.

Mikayla Graham is our programme support person for the Mentally Well Programme. Mikayla has been at Pinnacle for two and a half years working alongside Amanda supporting our counsellors and psychologists and primary care psychiatrist with referral processes and administration. Mikayla happily supports patients and practices with any queries, you can contact her at or 0800 646 764.

For more information

Contact Pinnacle Mentally Well programme lead Amanda Bradley: or 027 598 5542.

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