Call your local mental health crisis assessment team or go with the person to the emergency department (ED) at your nearest hospital.
Try to stay calm and let them know you care.
Keep them talking and make sure you are safe.
Do not leave them alone.
Stay with them until other support arrives.
Remove any obvious means of suicide they might use.
Your GP can refer you to brief intervention at WellSouth for 4-6 sessions.
Call 03 477 1163 or email email@example.com
For longer psychological help you need to request the long-term support offered by Family Mental Health Services in Mosgiel. Ask your GP for a referral.
Call 03 489 3728 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Otago Mental Health Support Trust for peer and family support.
Call 0800 364 462 or email email@example.com
The Kōwhai Centre at Otago Polytechnic provides free counselling support to the community.
Call 03 479 6198 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora in Dunedin. Provides free health, education and social services, focusing on the health and wellbeing of whānau.
Call 03 471 9960.
Free call or text any time for support from a trained counsellor.
Peer Support line available between 2pm-10pm daily.
When you are feeling down and would like to talk to a trained counsellor.
For callers from the lower North Island, Christchurch and West Coast. For callers from all other regions phone (04) 473 9739.
If your GP is part of the ProCare PHO, you may be eligible for funded GP mental health care and access to 4-6 sessions of psychological intervention (and in some instances funded psychiatric review if indicated).
If you use WINZ, you may be eligible for 10 free counselling sessions! Talk to your case manager.
If you are in paid employment, you may be able to access free counselling through your company’s Employee Assistance Programme. For more info visit eapservices.co.nz or talk to your employer.
If you have experienced sexual abuse or assault, you may be eligible for ACC support to pay for therapy with a registered therapist. To find out more visit findsupport.co.nz or speak to your GP about making a sensitive claim.
Wait times for these services can be long at times. Do not let this discourage you. Come in to the Hope Centre in Dunedin, New Zealand and have a chat to our Peer Support team. We can support you while you wait for further mental health support.