The best first point of contact is to make an appointment with your GP or tākuta or offer to go to a GP/tākuta with your friend or whānau member. They can help assess what further support might be needed. If you don’t have a GP and need help finding one, call Healthline on 0800 611 116.
You can also call the Family Services 211 Helpline for help finding, and to be directly connected to, community-based health and social support services in your area. Call 0800 211 211.
Below is a list of some of the services available in New Zealand that offer support, information and help. All services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week unless otherwise specified.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 111.
Need to talk?
Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor
0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)
Suicide Crisis Helpline
0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
0800 376 633, free text 234, email email@example.com
or online chat
Remember it’s okay to get support for yourself when you’re supporting someone you care about. Yellow Brick Road provides support for the loved ones of people experiencing mental distress/illness throughout Aotearoa: www.yellowbrickroad.org.nz
For more information about mental health, including accessing mental health services, information about wellbeing and looking after your mental health, visit www.mentalhealth.org.nz