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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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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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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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Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ offers free and confidential support by phone. We are here to help adults, men in New Zealand who...


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Struggling with worry, anxiety or fear? Contact a hotline in New Zealand for free support

If you're in New Zealand and you're struggling with anxious thoughts, experiencing a panic attack, or think you may have anxiety, there are people who can help. There are 13 helplines in New Zealand that help with anxiety. Anxiety is common and you're not alone in what you're experiencing – no matter how confusing or overwhelming it may feel. Anxiety symptoms may present like any of the following:

  • Shutting off in situations where you feel threatened
  • Feeling like you're in danger
  • Scary thoughts that feel like they came out of nowhere
  • Restlessness, fidgeting, or can't seem to sit still
  • Trembling, sweating, or feeling clammy
  • Suddenly feeling hot or cold
  • Changes in appetite
  • Increased heart rate

These thoughts and feelings are normal for someone experiencing anxiety. Even at a mild level, they can have an impact on the way you cope with day-to-day life. For some, these feelings are so intense that you may feel like you are dying or completely losing control.

Tackling these thoughts and feelings on your own can be really difficult, but it's important to know that there are ways to manage your anxiety. There are people in New Zealand who understand and want to help you get through this.

For free and confidential support with anxiety, consider contacting a hotline in New Zealand today.


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