Child and Youth Mental Health

Mental Health Support

A help guide for people who are self-harming

Advice on how to help people who may be at risk, with useful links

Talking with young people about suicide - how to get help

Pasifika Suicide Prevention

Mental Health Support

Evidence-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy online designed for people with mild-moderate symptoms of anxiety and depression

An online e-therapy tool provided by the University of Auckland and funded by the Prime Minister's Youth Mental Health Project. Free in NZ and proven to help young people with mild to moderate depression and anxiety. Also now in Te Reo Maori version.

Computer assisted learning for the mind with tips for managing stress, exam stress, etc.

NZ-based self-help programme designed to teach people skills that can help them get through mild to moderate depression more effectively. This website now has specific Maori and Pasifika links.

Structure problem solving website using CBT

Simple strategies you can try at home to manage a child's behaviour

For young people aged 18 to 25 years struggling with anxiety or depression. Includes self-help resources, a chat forum (requires registration) and free text or email with trained counsellors.

Mindfulness meditation

Dialectical behaviour therapy with modules on managing a range of issues including self-soothing, building self-compassion and facing your feelings.

A website to help parents, families, whanau and friends support young people to manage hard times and enjoy positive mental health and wellbeing.

A programme that aims to promote social inclusion and reduce stigma and discrimination

Based in Manukau in Auckland - online support for Pasifika families with a section on youth mental health that has some good resources

"Mana Restore" provides information and resources to Summoners and Gamers about mental health and well-being.

General links for Childhood health

Suicide prevention and post-suicide support

Suicide prevention resources-information to friends, whānau, counsellors or support people about how to help

A help guide for people who are self-harming

Advice on how to help people who may be at risk, with useful links

Talking with young people about suicide – The Mental Health Foundation launched five new videos to help guide the korero/conversation

How to get help for someone you are worried about

Le Va and Te Rau Matatini collectively deliver Waka Hourua, a joint programme for suicide prevention in Maori and Pasifika communities. Le Va delivers New Zealand’s first Pasifika suicide prevention programme. For more information, visit


What's Up 0800 942 8787 – for 5 to 18-year-olds, Monday to Friday midday–11pm and weekends 3pm–11pm. As well as the phone contact, there are sections with brief information and tips on grief, making friends, embarrassment, family violence, feeling sad, feeling angry, parents splitting up, loneliness and bullying (for children), and bullying, cyberbullying, depression, family violence, feeling angry, friendships, grief and loss, dating, worries and anxiety, suicide, pornography and gender identity (for teens)

OUTLine NZ 0800 688 5463 (0800 OUTLINE) – provides confidential support for sexuality or gender identity issues, including peer support and counselling

Samaritans 0800 726 666. A 24 hour helpline for all age groups.

Lifeline 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE or text 4357) – all age groups. Lifeline also run the Suicide Crisis Helpline 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) – for people in distress, and people who are worried about someone else, and Kidsline 0800 543 754 (0800 KIDSLINE) – a telephone counselling service for up to age 18 – includes a weekday daytime buddy service of specially trained year 12 and 13 volunteers

Youthline 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email Provide a helpline, online mentoring, school and training programmes. Also have a social media presence on Facebook® and Instagram® with posts mostly about mental and physical health

Depression Helpline 0800 111 757 Text 4202 – helpline linked to the website listed in the section above. Contact is with a trained counsellor

Text/phone 1737 or phone 0800 1737 1737. Contact is with a trained counsellor. Note: although the text/phone is free some mobile providers (Spark and Vodafone) require the caller to have a small amount of credit on their phone in order to text 1737.This is not the case for Skinny and 2 Degrees customers

A free national helpline on 0800 269 4389 which is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week across NZ. Specialist registered psychologists can assist to manage stress, recover from anxiety, depression or co-related conditions people may be experiencing.


Office of Film and Literature Classification guide for parents – has background information and some conversation examples for different age groups

This has links on talking to children and young people about porn but also good links on body image, media and porn, responsibility, discussing sex and sexuality and gender identity

Links to how to talk to children and teens

Government supported not-for-profit. Netsafe covers all aspects of online issues including pornography, cyberbullying and scams. It has links for how to talk to children and young people about sexting and also ‘7 Tips for parents and whanau’  


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