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Lifeline offers 24/7, free and confidential support over phone and text message (SMS). We support everyone in New Zealand who...

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Rural Support Trusts have local, rural people who know from experience that pressures can mount up. Our networks and training...


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1737 counsellors provide free, confidential, professional support. When someone texts or calls 1737 a counsellor will work with...


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Depression Helpline provides 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, free and confidential support by phone and text message (SMS) from...


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Samaritans offer a day and night caring listening service for all callers. Our volunteer listeners are trained to help callers...


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0800 ANXIETY Helpline is a free 24/7 national service (across Aotearoa New Zealand) to support and empower those experiencing...


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Youthline offers 24/7, free and confidential support and information over phone, text message (SMS) and online chat. We are...


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Are you a music person or someone working in the Aotearoa New Zealand music industry who’s feeling as though things aren’t...


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Asian Family Services offers free, compassionate and confidential support over phone. We are here for adults in New Zealand who...


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0800 OLA LELEI (0800 652 535) is a free national Pacific helpline anyone can call if they are feeling worried, stressed or...


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The Lowdown is a space created with rangatahi, for rangatahi. Find support here for your hauora (wellbeing), identity, culture...


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0800 What's Up provides free, compassionate and confidential support over phone and online chat. We are here to help youth in...


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Parent Help is a non-profit organisation supporting parents and adults raising children in New Zealand to build strong and...


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Get free, confidential support from a depression hotline in New Zealand

Depression is a common mental health problem that affects millions of people worldwide. When you're depressed you feel sad on most days and you may find it difficult to keep up with life's demands.

If you're in New Zealand and experiencing these symptoms, there are 13 helplines ready to help:

  • You feel down in the dumps
  • Sometimes, you feel empty inside
  • You cannot concentrate and have difficulties memorizing things
  • Things that used to bring you joy mean nothing to you now
  • You feel sad and about to cry all the time
  • You have lost energy and feel tired all the time
  • You don’t care for your hobbies or work
  • You could be sleeping excessively

Experiencing the symptoms of depression can be the greatest challenge of your life. Nonetheless, many people in your position have successfully got through it and built a better life. Depression may feel lonely, but you are far from alone in experiencing what you are feeling.

Talking about how you feel when you're depressed is hard. You may not want to burden other people with your problems. But it's important to recognize that this is your depression talking. There are helpline counselors and volunteers in New Zealand that want to listen and offer you the loving support you need.

If you are ready to talk to someone about your experiences of depression, you can contact a hotline in New Zealand for free and confidential support.


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