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Mental health support services

New Zealand

In an emergency dial 111.

  • Telephone counselling

    Need to talk?
    1737 (free call or text) for support from a trained counsellor

    Lifeline NZ
    0800 543 354

    Depression Helpline
    0800 111 757

    Suicide Crisis Helpline
    0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

    Alcohol Drug Helpline
    0800 787 797

  • Online counselling and treatments

    The Lowdown
    Email team@thelowdown.co.nz
    Free text to 5626

    Beating the blues
    Online CBT for mild or moderate depression (New Zealand residents can get free access through their GP)

  • Fact sheets and information

    Alcohol Drug Helpline
    A drugs A–Z, stories of positive experiences, resources, helpline and service directory.

    Depression Helpline
    Learn how to recognise and understand depression.

    Headspace (New Zealand)
    Information for young people about mental illness.

    Like Minds, Like Mine
    Information and resources to help reduce the stigma and discrimination faced by people with experience of mental illness.

    The Lowdown
    Online help for young people dealing with depression.

  • Support services

  • Advocacy

    Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
    Supporting people with mental illness, and also their families/whānau and friends.

    Suicide Prevention Information New Zealand
    Research and information about preventing suicide in New Zealand.

This is a general guide only, and does not replace individual medical advice. Please speak to your doctor for advice about your situation. The RANZCP is not liable for any consequences arising from relying on this information. Subject matter experts, people with lived experience of mental illness and carers all contributed to this fact sheet.