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Child and youth resources

There are a number of national resources for children and youth, including helplines, websites and counselling.


Phone: 0800 376 633

Freetext: 234

email: talk@youthline.co.nz

or online chat

The Lowdown

The Lowdown is a website to help young New Zealanders recognise and understand depression or anxiety. Through encouraging early recognition and help for depression or anxiety we intend to reduce the impact depression or anxiety has on the lives of young New Zealanders, now and throughout their adult lives. However they may be feeling, The Lowdown is full of ideas and people who can help them get unstuck and get to a better place. The site has been designed to reflect the changing way young people go online so it’s fully mobile optimised.

Phone: 0800 111 757

Freetext: 5626

Email: team@thelowdown.co.nz

What's Up?

Phone counselling is available Monday to Friday, midday–11pm and weekends, 3pm–11pm.

Online chat is available from 5pm–11pm 7 days a week, including all public holidays.

Phone: 0800 942 8787 (for 5–18 year olds).


for young people up to 18 years of age. Open 24/7.

Phone: 0800 54 37 54 (0800 kidsline).