Useful Links to Services and Apps

Local Wairarapa Services

For information on mental health and addiction services available in the Wairarapa region.

Local Wairarapa Mental Health Services brochure.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Apps

There are a variety of mobile phone apps for anxiety, stress, depression and general mental health. They can help you learn about your condition, figure out whether your medication is working, record details about your symptoms and some provide tools to help you manage mental health problems. The Health Navigator team has reviewed some mental health and wellbeing apps that you may like to consider.

Alcohol Use Apps

Alcohol use apps can help you monitor and lower your alcohol consumption. The Health Navigator team have reviewed some apps that you may like to consider.

General Mental Health Information:

The Mental Health Foundation provides free information and training, and advocate for policies and services that support people with experience of mental illness, and also their families/whānau and friends. They also have a very useful collection of resources and brochures on mental health conditions.

Guided Self Help Tools

The Journal  [NZ]
The Journal is a free, personalised online programme. It’s easy to use and all you need is access to a computer or mobile device. It’s fronted by Sir John Kirwan and in the course of 6 weeks is designed to teach you skills that can help you to get through mild to moderate depression or anxiety more effectively.

Piki Programme
If you or someone you know is 18-25 years old, lives in the Greater Wellington region (which includes the Wairarapa), and would like to access free support, the Piki programme may be helpful. You can self refer or learn more about Piki through the Piki website.

Piki offers free access to:

  • Multiple sessions with a trained Mental Health Therapist, at a place and time that works for you
  • An emotional wellbeing app that helps keep your progress on track
  • Links to 24/7 support through phone and web services
  • Peer support options

Some of the many helplines available are listed below:

National 24/7 helplines for support and counselling

  • Need to Talk? – free call/text 1737
    Talk with a trained counsellor, anytime
  • Lifeline – 0800 543 354 or free text 4357
    For counselling and support
  • Healthline – 0800 611 116
    For advice from trained registered nurses
  • Samaritans – 0800 726 666
    Confidential support for anyone who is lonely or in emotional distress
  • Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757 or free text 4202
    Talk to a trained counsellor about how you are feeling or to ask any questions
  • Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865
    Talk with highly trained and experienced telephone counsellors who have undergone advanced suicide prevention training
Support and information for children and youth:
  • Youthline – 0800 376 633 or free text 234
    For young people and their parents, whānau and friends
  • What’s Up – 0800 942 8787 or webchat at (5pm – 10pm)
    A free, nationally-available counselling helpline and webchat service for children and teenagers.
  • Kidsline – 0800 543 754
    For young people up to 18 years of age – the only national child helpline in the world where every counsellor is a secondary school student. 
  • The Lowdown or free text 5626
    Support for young people experiencing depression or anxiety
  • Sparx – 
    Online self-help tool that teaches young people the key skills needed to help combat depression and anxiety
Help with specific issues:
  • Anxiety Helpline – 0800 269 4389
    For people feeling anxious or for those seeking advice for a friend or family member
  • Alcohol Drug Helpline – 0800 787 797 or free text 8681
    For people dealing with alcohol or other drug problems
  • PlunketLine – 0800 933 922
    Support for parents, including mothers experiencing post-natal depression
  • Rape Crisis – 0800 883 300
    For support after rape or sexual assault
  • OUTline – 0800 688 5463 (Monday to Friday 10am – 9pm, weekends 6pm – 8pm)
    For sexuality or gender identity issues
  • Women’s Refuge Crisis Line – 0800 733 843
    For women living with violence, or in fear, in their relationship or family
  • Shakti Crisis Line – 0800 742 584
    For migrant or refugee women living with family violence
  • Refugees as Survivors – 0800 472 769
    Psychological support for refugees and asylum seekers
  • Rural Support – 0800 787 254
    For people in rural communities dealing with financial or personal challenges
For families, whānau and support workers
  • Common
    Central hub providing parents, family, whānau and friends with access to information, tools and support to help a young person struggling
  • Skylight – 0800 299 100 (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm)
    For support through trauma, loss and grief
  • After a
    Offering practical information and guidance to people who have lost someone to suicide
  • Le
    Information and support for Pasifika families on mental health, addiction and suicide prevention