Mental Health Support

Uruuruwhenua Hauora can link to a range of services to support taha hinengaro (mental and emotional wellbeing) and our Mauri Ora kaimahi can help find what will work best for you.

Ring 111 if it is an immediate emergency.

Crisis Mental Health Emergency Services (Te Whatu Ora Southern) are available to call 24/7. Ring 0800 467 846 and press 1 for Southland or 2 for Otago.

Reach out to us on 0800 485 111.


National Mental Health helplines

1737 nationwide text or call to talk to a qualified counsellor.

Lifeline 0800 543 354 or text “help” to 4357. 24/7 helpline staffed by health professionals and highly trained volunteers.

Youthline 0800 376633, free txt 234 or email.

Plunket Line 0800 933 922. 24/7 parent helpline and advice for families, whānau and caregivers. Calls are also free from mobile phones.

What’s Up? 0800 942 8787. Free counselling for kids and teens with trained counsellors, Mon-Sun 11am – 10:30pm, 365 days a year. Calls are also free from mobile phones.

Family Drug Support Aotearoa NZ 0800 337 877. Phone support service 9am to 10pm, 7 days a week staffed by trained volunteers.

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