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.
There are a number of different ways to access free treatment for mental distress locally in the Southern District. For elsewhere in the country, it may be best to ask your GP for contacts for your local services.
Your GP can refer you to brief intervention at WellSouth for 4-6 sessions.03 477 1163 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.Tel:03 489 firstname.lastname@example.orgOtago Mental Health Support Trust for peer and family support 0800 364 462.
Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora in Dunedin
(14 – 25-year-old)
021 197 4852 or 03 471 9960.
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, assault or another injury related to a suicide attempt you may be eligible for ACC support to pay for therapy with a clinical psychologist or psychotherapist. Ask your GP about making a Sensitive Claim.
Wait times for these services can be long at times. Do not less 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.