Ngā puna tautoko mō te hauora hinengaro Where to get help for mental health

Your mental health matters. There are a range of resources and services available to help, including phone numbers, online services and information, and face to face support.

Digital tools and resources


Groov is an app that you can use to monitor, manage and improve your mental wellbeing by setting daily goals and tracking your progress.

Groov (external link)

Small Steps

Small Steps are digital tools to help you maintain wellness, find relief, or get help for yourself, friends or whānau.

Small Steps (external link)


Headstrong (including Aroha Chatbot) is a uniquely New Zealand chatbot app designed for young people — it feels like talking with a trusted friend. Download it from the app store on your mobile device.

Headstrong (external link)

Wellbeing Support

Wellbeing Support is an online directory to find free mental health and addiction support near you through the Access and Choice programme.

Wellbeing Support (external link)


There are several helplines you can call if you need to talk to someone.

1737, need to talk?

If you feel anxious, down, a bit overwhelmed, or just need someone to talk to, call or txt 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 1737 is staffed by a team of paid counsellors who can talk to you if you have mental health or addiction problems.

Depression helpline

The Depression Helpline is a free helpline that you can call or txt 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It has trained counsellors who can talk you through your problems and suggest help in your area.


Any young person in New Zealand, or anyone supporting a young person, can call Youthline for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can txt between 8am and midnight. You can chat online with a counsellor from 5pm to 9pm through the Youthline website. You can also email any time.

The Lowdown

The Lowdown team are an experienced group of counsellors. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can contact them any time by txt or by email from their website.

General alcohol drug helpline

Mental health services

Most people will be referred to mental health services through their GP or family doctor. Mental health services in the community are funded through Health New Zealand.

Suicide prevention

Suicide is a serious concern for Aotearoa communities. There are a range of services, initiatives and organisations contributing to preventing suicide. This includes suicide prevention training and services delivered into communities.

Suicide prevention (external link)

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