Mental Health help in New Zealand

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.

National helplines

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

Lifeline - 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)

Suicide Crisis Helpline - 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (guides and safety plans here)

Healthline - 0800 611 116

Samaritans - 0800 726 666


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.

Kidsline - 0800 54 37 54 (0800 kidsline) for young people up to 18 years of age. Open 24/7.

Help for parents, family and friends

Commonground - a website hub providing parents, family, whānau and friends with access to information, tools and support to help a young person who is struggling.

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.

Supporting Families In Mental Illness -  For families and whānau supporting a loved one who has a mental illness. Auckland 0800 732 825. Find other regions' contact details here.

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 phone line - 0800 269 4389 (0800 ANXIETY)

Seniorline - 0800 725 463 A free information service for older people

0508MUSICHELP - 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)

See also: Apps, e-therapy & guided self help


Self Harm Help:

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About self-harm









Self-harm is the direct, deliberate act of hurting or injuring your body, but without necessarily wanting to die. It's a way some people cope with intense or very difficult emotions, or overwhelming situations and life events.

Common ways of self-harming include:


    • cutting skin on wrists, arms or legs


    • biting and scratching at skin


    • head banging and punching self


    • burning of skin


    • hair or eyelash pulling


    • taking overdoses of drugs or medication


    • taking poisonous substances


    • inhalation of a harmful substance.



Self-harming is not uncommon. If you self-harm you are not weak or crazy or attention-seeking. It just means you are overwhelmed by how you are feeling right now and this is a way you hope will help you feel better.


After self-harm you may feel better for a while, but the feeling won't last long. If you keep self-harming it can make things worse. It could harm your physical or mental health, or damage your relationships with other people. Self-harming behaviours can become addictive and hard to stop.

Tell someone what is going on


If you self-harm, you may feel embarrassed about it, or worry that other people will judge you or try to make you stop if you tell them about it. Many people who self-harm keep it a secret for this reason.


If you're harming yourself it's very important to talk to someone you trust. If you don't want to talk to your health professional or someone you know, you can call a helpline where you will remain completely anonymous, yet be able to talk to someone who understands what you are going through.


    • Call Lifeline on 0800 543 354


    • Call Youthline on 0800 376 633, or text 234


    • Call Healthline on 0800 611 116


    • Call Samaritans on 0800 726 666















Who is most at risk of self-harming behaviours?







Anyone can be at risk of self-harming behaviours, but self-harm is more common in young people. Women are more likely than men to be hospitalised for self-harm.

Self-harm can be linked with different kinds of difficult emotions, or overwhelming situations and life events. There is no clear reason why some people self-harm and others do not.

It can be connected with difficult experiences including:


    • pressures at school or work


    • physical, sexual or emotional abuse


    • bullying


    • money worries


    • bereavement or grief


    • friends, family or whānau members who don't support their sexuality or identity


    • relationship breakups or losing friends


    • an illness or health problem


    • childhood trauma, abuse or neglect


    • intense or difficult feelings, such as depression, anxiety, anger or numbness, that might be experienced as part of a mental illness


    • being part of a group that self-harm


    • problems in connection with family, whānau, friends or community.












If you are in crisis









If you have seriously injured yourself, taken poisonous substances or overdosed on medicine or medicines, it is important you see a doctor immediately. Call 111 and ask for an ambulance, or go to the emergency department (ED) at your nearest hospital.


It's important to remember that you can seek help to stop self-harming. With support you can learn new ways to cope with your feelings without hurting yourself, even if you have been self-harming for a long time.

If you are worried about your immediate safety when you have hurt yourself, or are trying not to hurt yourself, do the following:



    • If you are in immediate physical danger, call 111.