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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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1737 Need to talk? is dedicated to providing 24/7, free and confidential support and information over phone and text message...


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Depression Helpline provides 24/7, free and confidential support by phone and text message (SMS). We are here for everyone in...


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Samaritans offer a 24/7 caring listening service for all callers. Our listeners are trained to help callers find their own...


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Anxiety Helpline provides 24/7, free and confidential support and information over phone. We help everyone in New Zealand who...


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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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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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Rural Support Trusts offers free and confidential support over phone. We exist to help people in New Zealand who may be looking...


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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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The Lowdown – Youth Helpline provides 24/7, free and confidential support and information by phone, text message (SMS) and...


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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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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 11 helplines ready to help:

  • You feel down in the dumps
  • Sometimes, you feel dead 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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