Mental health and helplines
There are organisations and people to turn to for help with mental health.
Samaritans offer confidential, non-religious and non-judgemental support to anyone who may be feeling depressed, lonely, or even be contemplating suicide.
We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and you don't have to be suicidal to call us. Whatever you're going through, call us any time on 0800 726 666.
Phone: 358 2442 (Helpline)
Hours 9am - 12pm
Whether you want to improve your own mental health or support someone else, you can find the info, tools and contacts you need here. If you have been feeling the effects of stress, distress or mental unwellness, help is at hand.
Services we provide include: Education for people affected by bipolar disorder and depression, helping people develop personalised self-care plans, training peers (tangata whaiora) in mutual support skills with an emphasis on wellbeing, groups and online communities.
Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand is a charity that works towards creating a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health & wellbeing.
You will find information on mental health conditions, where to get help and how to support those you love and care about in our Get Help section. Although we are not a counselling or advice service, our information officers are happy to point you in the right direction to find help.
Anxiety NZ Trust
If you’re feeling anxious and would like to talk to someone about anxiety relief – wherever you are in New Zealand – you can phone our free 24 hour Helpline:0800 ANXIETY (0800 269 4389).
Suicide Crisis Helpline
A free, nationwide service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is operated by highly trained and experienced telephone counsellors who have undergone advanced suicide prevention training.
Phone: 0508 828 865
Phone: 0508 TAUTOKO
This website helps New Zealanders recognise and understand depression and anxiety. We want to reduce the impact that depression and anxiety have on the lives of New Zealanders by encouraging early recognition and help-seeking. This website is full of ideas and stories to help people with depression and anxiety get to a better place.
0800 111 757 or free text 4202 (to talk to a trained counsellor about how you are feeling or to ask any questions)