Depression support

Depression support

  • Support services and information for people affected by depression and their family/whānau.
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1737(external link)
Free call or text 1737 any time, 24 hours a day to talk or text with a trained counsellor.

Lifeline(external link) 
Freephone 0800 543 354. Provides safe, effective and innovative services that support the emotional and mental wellbeing of our communities.

Small Steps(external link) Whether you’re looking to maintain wellbeing, find relief or get help, Small Steps can support you and your whānau with practical tools, strategies and advice.

Suicide Prevention Helpline(external link) 
Freephone 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOK0).

Samaritans(external link) 
Freephone 24-hour helpline on 0800 726 666. For non-judgemental, confidential support to anyone who is lonely or in emotional distress. 

Te Whatu Ora mental health crisis assessment teams(external link) (for emergencies only)

Helping young Kiwis understand and deal with depression(external link) The Lowdown NZ (or freetext 5626)

Need to talk?(external link) Youthline NZ (0800 376 633 - or text 234)

Kidsline(external link) 0800 543 754 (4pm–9pm weekdays)
For kids who want to talk to other kids about how they're feeling. Chat with specially-trained year 12 and 13 students, who are there to listen.

Whatsup(external link) Barnardos NZ (0800 WHATS UP)

Support(external link) Skylight NZ (0800 299 100)

Youthline (0800 376 633)
Freephone for 24/7 support. Free TXT 234 between 8am and midnight. Provides access to support and help for young people, as well as leadership development and upskilling.

Supporting families to mental wellbeing(external link) Yellow Brick Road, NZ 

OUTLine(external link) 0800 688 5463 (0800 OUTLINE)
For people with sexuality or gender identity issues

Alcohol Drug Helpline(external link)(external link) 0800 787 797
Free text 8681 or online chat – for people dealing with alcohol or other drug problems

Rural Support(external link)(external link) 0800 787 254
For people in rural communities

Le Va(external link)(external link)
For Pasifika families

Refugees as Survivors(external link)(external link) 0800 472 769
For refugees and asylum seekers

Support and services for mothers at-risk of or have developed postnatal depression(external link)(external link) Mothers Helpers NZ

Peer support groups and mindfulness programmes (Hamilton, Waikato)(external link)(external link) Evolve Peer Support Trust

ThroughBlue(external link) 
Wellington-based support group for women with experience of depression. Providing a friendly and non-threatening environment, with group support and counsellors.  Also includes an educational element on actively manage depression.

Rangitāne o Tamaki nui a Rua Incorporated(external link)
Phone 06 374 6860 or email Provides a wide range of support services to whānau ranging from alcohol & drug, smoking, mental health, asthma to screening in the Tararua region.

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