Need help, or just wanna talk to someone?

How are you going?

Opening up about mental health can be challenging sometimes but the most important step to getting better is initiating the conversation. 

There's many ways to start the conversation and one of the easiest ways to ask is as easy as "How are you going?"

You could meet up with a friend, call your parents or even send a text reminding someone that you're here if they need to talk.

If you or someone you care about is going through a hard time, there is no shame in asking for help. Here are some incredible services that can help assist you in your mental health journey. Remember that the world is better with you in it.

Mā te matau, ka ora/through wisdom, comes wellbeing

Mental Health Helpline Services

Helpline services are available right now in New Zealand that offer support, information and help for you and your parents, family, whānau and friends.

All the services listed here are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week unless otherwise specified.

The below list is provided by the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

National helplines

Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.

Depression-specific helplines

  • Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757 or free text 4202 (to talk to a trained counsellor about how you are feeling or to ask any questions).
  • – includes The Journal online help service.
  • –  online e-therapy tool provided by the University of Auckland that helps young people learn skills to deal with feeling down, depressed or stressed.

Sexuality or gender identity helpline

OUTLine NZ – 0800 688 5463 (OUTLINE) provides confidential telephone support.

Helplines for children and young people

  • Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email or online chat.
  • – or email or free text 5626.
  • What's Up – 0800 942 8787 (for 5–18 year olds). Phone counselling is available Monday to Friday, 12noon–11pm and weekends, 3pm–11pm. Online chat is available from 3pm–10pm 7 days a week, including all public holidays.

Help for parents, family and friends

  • EDANZ – improving outcomes for people with eating disorders and their families. Freephone 0800 2 EDANZ or 0800 233 269, or in Auckland 09 522 2679. Or email
  • Parent Help – 0800 568 856 for parents/whānau seeking support, advice and practical strategies on all parenting concerns. Anonymous, non-judgemental and confidential.
  • Family Services 211 Helpline – 0800 211 211 for help finding (and direct transfer to) community based health and social support services in your area.
  • Skylight – 0800 299 100 for support through trauma, loss and grief; 9am–5pm weekdays.
  • Yellow Brick Road – Supporting families towards mental wellbeing. 

Other specialist helplines

  • Alcohol and Drug Helpline – 0800 787 797 or online chat.
  • Are You OK – 0800 456 450 family violence helpline.
  • Gambling Helpline – 0800 654 655
  • Anxiety NZ – 0800 269 4389 (0800 ANXIETY).
  • Seniorline – 0800 725 463 A free information service for older people.
  • 0508MUSICHELPS – The Wellbeing Service is a 24/7 online, on the phone and in-person counselling service fully funded by the NZ Music Foundation and provided free of charge to those in the Kiwi music community who can't access the help they need due to hardship and other circumstances. Call 0508 MUSICHELP.
  • Shine – 0508 744 633 confidential domestic abuse helpline.
  • Quit Line – 0800 778 778 smoking cessation help.
  • Vagus Line – 0800 56 76 666 (Mon, Wed, Fri 12 noon – 2pm). Promote family harmony among Chinese, enhance parenting skills, decrease conflict among family members (couple, parent-child, in-laws) and stop family violence.
  • Women's Refuge Crisisline – 0800 733 843 (0800 REFUGE) (for women living with violence, or in fear, in their relationship or family).
  • Shakti Crisis Line – 0800 742 584 (for migrant or refugee women living with family violence).
  • Rape Crisis – 0800 883 300 (for support after rape or sexual assault).

Warmlines for consumers of mental health services

Free peer support services for people experiencing mental illness or those supporting them:

  • Canterbury and West Coast – 03 379 8415 / 0800 899 276 (1pm to midnight, seven nights).
  • Wellington 0800 200 207 (7pm–1am, Tuesday to Sunday).
  • Auckland Central 0508 927 654 or 0508 WARMLINE (8pm to midnight, seven nights).