Mental Health

Depression / Suicide

Having suicidal thoughts? Many people do feel this way.  Thoughts of ending your life can be very scary and it can be difficult to know what to do...

HELP is available, If you need someone to talk to, or if you’re worried for someone else, please reach out for help.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call your DHB Mental Health Crisis Team

TAUPO CRISES ASSESSMENT TEAM 0800166167 or go to your nearest Emergency Department (ED).

If there is immediate danger, call 111.

If you need to talk you can call a helpline:

The Low Down:    

Rape Crisis: 0800 883 300

Samaritans: 0800 726 666

Inside Out: 027 3314507    LGBTQI+

Rainbow Youth: 09 376 4155    LGBTQI+

Outline: 0800 688 5463    LGBTQI+

Lifeline: 0800 543 354   :    Suicide Crisis Helpline (open 24/7) – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

 Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757 – this service is staffed 24/7 by trained counsellors

Youthline (open 24/7) – 0800 376 633. Text 234 for free between 8am and midnight, or email

 0800 WHATSUP (0800 9428 787) – Open between 1pm and 10pm on weekdays and from 3pm to 10pm on weekends. Online chat is available from 7pm to 10pm every day at

Healthline – 0800 611 116

Mental Health Foundation New Zealand:
After a Suicide: This website offers practical information and guidance if someone you love or care about has died by suicide.

SPARX An online e-therapy tool provided by the University of Auckland, as an initiative of the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project.

SPARX helps young people learn skills to deal with feeling down, depressed or stressed online, it doesn’t provide crisis intervention or counselling.

From time to time everybody can feel sad, depressed, anxious, tense or afraid.  These are common and natural human emotions but sometimes these feelings can become so overwhelming that coping with  day to day life, work, leisure and relationships becomes difficult.

SHARING your worries and talking things through openly are good ways to look afer your mental and physical health.  What to do if you think you have depression?  Or if you think someone else has? Take it seriously and get HELP...

Don't think you have to "harden up" or turn to alcohol, drugs or self-harm - these things won't help.  If you tell someone and they don't understand... tell someone else.

Mental illness isn't contagious... your attitude is...

Suicide is a complex issue;   it’s important for each of us to know what we can do to help those at risk.”

Connection can be key to preventing suicide. Individuals who feel suicidal often feel that they lack meaningful connections to others.

“Loneliness is a serious public health issue with a simple solution,” Mr Robinson says. “You don’t need to be a mental health professional to ask someone how they’re doing. Anyone can do it – and everyone should. A simple kia ora or g’day can be the start of a conversation that can save a life.”

Most people who die by suicide don’t want to die – they just want their pain to end or can’t see another way out of their situation. Support from people who care about them can help them to find a way through.

“Sometimes, people just need to feel seen, to know that someone cares. This can be the push they need to reach out for professional help or to start doing things to help them feel better such as practising the Five Ways to Wellbeing.”

If you’re worried about someone, ask them directly.

“That’s one of the most important messages we can give to New Zealanders about suicide prevention,” Mr Robinson says. “Don’t be afraid to say ‘I’m worried about you. You don’t seem like yourself. Are you thinking of suicide?’ Listen calmly to their answer without judgement and give them as much time as they need to talk through what they are experiencing.”

Remind them that suicidal thoughts are not uncommon and offer your help and support. While you can’t fix someone else’s problems, you can acknowledge their thoughts and experiences, offer advice if you’ve been through similar struggles, and work with them to identify the supports they need.

World Suicide Prevention Day is also a day to remember those we have lost to suicide. It can be a difficult day for those who have been bereaved by suicide.

“Suicide bereavement is a unique kind of grief, and it can be especially difficult. Often, those who have lost someone to suicide will withdraw and become very isolated – stay in touch with them, just be with them, accept their emotions and don’t avoid talking about the person they have lost. Most of all, be patient. Working through grief takes time.”

Further information about suicide prevention can be found at

A Girl called hope

A residential care programme for young women aged between 16 and 28 years suffering from the effects of eating disorders, self harm, abuse, depression, unplanned pregnancies and other life controlling issues.
Applicants should have previously explored various community services prior to applying e.g. counselling, addiction services and Community Mental Health Services.
Applications to be made by the young woman seeking help, on a voluntary basis.
For more information please hit the link "A Girl Called Hope".