Click on any of the blue links below for further information.
Addictions Treatment Directory: http://www.addictionshelp.org.nz/Services/Home
Alcohol & Drug Association NZ’s searchable database of addiction treatment resources allows you to search by region and type of treatment.
Alcohol Drug Helpline: www.alcoholdrughelp.org.nz
Phone 0800 787 797 or text adh to 234
A confidential, free phone, text, email and live chat service for people with questions about their own or someone else's drinking or drug use. Provides information, brief intervention and referral services, nationwide.
Alcoholics Anonymous: www.aa.org.nz
International fellowship of men and women who share their experiences with others to recover from alcoholism.
Narcotics Anonymous NZ: www.nzna.org
NA is a non-profit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs have become a major problem.
Carers, guardians and families
Local branch of Supporting Families NZ, provides support for families and whanau when someone they care about has mental illness or addiction problems.
Carers NZ: http://carers.net.nz/
Advice and resources for carers, including their guide to the government support and services available to carers in New Zealand.
The Parenting Place:http://www.theparentingplace.com/
Advice for parents on all stages of raising children
Supporting Families: http://www.supportingfamiliesnz.org.nz/
Offers education, advocacy and support for family/whanau of people experiencing major mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, depression.
Mental Health Commission
The MHC provides up-to-date information, research and direction of Mental Health Services in New Zealand.
The Mental Health Commission produces a publication for people who care for someone with mental health or addiction problems. It is a guide for family, whānau and friends. It provides information on how provide direct help, how to seek outside help, and what the family, whānau can do to support their own wellbeing.
Download a copy of MHC A Guide for Families Dec 2011 web [PDF, 1.11 MB].
Copies can also be ordered from firstname.lastname@example.org or call (04) 474 8900.
Run by Parents Incorporated, with a special section for teenagers called ATTITUDE.
Tools and resources for people suffering from depression, including a free helpline.
Education and resources
Health & Disability Commissioner: http://www.mhc.govt.nz/
The Commissioner ensures the rights of consumers are upheld with regards to disability and health service provision. The website contains information on the rights of people affected by disability, mental illness or addiction.
Like Minds, Like Mine:http://www.likeminds.org.nz/
Resources to help the public understand mental health issues and reduce the stigma attached to mental illness.
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand: http://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/page/5-Home
Charitable Trust offering free education, training and resources to New Zealanders covering all aspects of mental health and wellbeing.
Grief or trauma
Provides people of all ages with help to cope with change, loss, trauma or grief – whatever the cause.
Help for young people
The Lowdown: www.thelowdown.co.nz
Help for young people who are experiencing depression, including message boards and online chat.
Online role playing fantasy game that teaches methods for coping with life difficulties. Free to register and play.
0800 376 633
Offers free helpline and many other resources for young people experiencing mental illness or life difficulties.
Lifeline: Freephone 0800 543 354
Free telephone counselling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Chinese Lifeline also available, offering counselling in Mandarin and Cantonese
Offers face to face and telephone contact with mobile fieldworkers, education courses
Support groups in Kapati, Porirua, Hutt Valley and Wellington
Phone: 04 499-1062