Families dealing with alcohol or drug addiction or eating disorders now have a lifeline and helping hand thanks to the dedication and commitment of Sue Philipson.
Sue has for many years worked as a Family and Whanau Advisor, helping families who have contacted their local hospital drug and alcohol service. She has been a driving force behind the Eating Disorder Support Group and Families Overcoming Addiction and has been a vital link with clinicians at the Taranaki District Health Board.
The Families Overcoming Addiction support group was set up in 2017 and last year was contacted by nearly 700 people. The Eating Disorder Support Group is a total service for caregivers whose children are enduring conditions like anorexia nervosa.
Her work with the group has been hailed as a life-saving by parents.
Sue often spends hours listening to distressed parents and puts others and their families before herself and her own family and she has had an incredible impact, changing lives for the good.