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


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


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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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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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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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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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Women's Refuge provides free and compassionate support over the phone. Through our crisis line, we are here to help you 24...


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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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Do you dread the thought of going to school or work? Contact a free hotline in New Zealand for support.

We often hear that school and work are among our greatest responsibilities in life. So, when we struggle to get through the day’s tasks, activities, or social and professional interactions, it’s easy to feel like we’ve failed. There are 10 helplins in New Zealand to reach out to for free support if you:

  • Pretend to be sick, hurt or busy to avoid attending classes, school or work.
  • Try to absentee yourself from class work or school by faking certain symptoms or events.
  • Find certain tasks or skills difficult or impossible to master, when others find them easy.
  • Feel isolated, withdrawn and constantly tired at school or work.
  • Have intense school or work related anxiety, stress, fear or worry.
  • Feel stressed and overwhelmed by the quantity or content of homework, tasks, assignments and projects.
  • Have difficulty following lessons or instructions, and feel unable to focus.
  • Are unable to understand, follow or complete the days lessons, tasks or activities.

From heavy workloads and pressure from teachers or management, to low confidence, undiagnosed learning disorders, and subnormal vision or hearing. So many issues can drive serious challenges at school or work. Your worries may even be social ones. Interactions that others find easy may feel more demanding for you.

When troubled thoughts about school or work get in the way of your potential, it might be time to access support. Receiving support doesn't make you weak – it simply means you're human. Consider contacting a helpline in New Zealand for free and confidential support today.


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