Brave Hearts Christmas Closing Dates.

Our offices will be closed Friday 22nd December and reopening Monday 22nd January.  Our freephone 0508 272 834 will still be operating if you want to speak with someone who understands. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Erin Scarlett ONeill – Executive Director/Founder

Erin is the mother of a son who struggled with an addiction to methamphetamine. Because of her own experience, she is a passionate advocate for supporting  families who cope with the daily demands of a loved one with substance issues.

Originally from Auckland, with a background in business ownership, events and marketing, Erin leads Brave Hearts in providing support groups, toolkit sessions and educational seminars and zoom meetings for all whanau nationwide.

Erin was awarded a Kiwibank Local Hero award in 2022 and is a registered member of Dapaanz, the Drug and Alcohol Practitioners' Association Aotearoa.

Kelly Faile – Client Services Manager

Kelly is delighted to be a part of the Brave Hearts team.  In 2020, after seeing the impact of Covid19 on our community’s mental health, along with an increase in addiction, domestic violence, and family well-being, Kelly made the life-changing decision to leave her corporate role and embark on a year of studying Mental Health and Addiction along with Business Management and Leadership.

Kelly has lived experience in Mental Health and Addiction, having experienced Postnatal Depression after the birth of her three daughters, which led to an unhealthy relationship with alcohol. She is deeply aware of how difficult it was to overcome this even with the benefit of having strong financial and emotional support, so she is extremely committed to helping people and their families, who may or may not have the same support, or who feel like there is no hope.  Because there is always hope.