For children and young people

Please note, these are not intended to take the place of professional care and in an emergency call 111,
Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor
Services that provide direct support such as phone or on-line counselling and information

– 0800 543 754
Kidsline is a free and confidential telephone counselling service designed for children up to the age of 14, available 24/7 and 0800 688 5463 (OUTLINE)
Website with information and confidential telephone support ( 9am – 9pm, Mon – Fri,  6pm – 9pm, Sat, Sun & Holidays) about sexuality or gender identity issues for young people and their friends and families.
New Zealand website with advice, information and support for young people with depression. Or email or free text 5626

– and 0800 942 8787
New Zealand website with separate forums for children and teenagers that from 7 to 11 pm includes on-line counselling or from 1 to 11 pm has free telephone counselling.

– 0800 37 66 33; Free Text: 234; Email :;
A  New Zealand based free and confidential telephone, text and e-mail support service for young people and the website has e-therapy tools and information for young people about mental health issues, coping with difficulties and getting help.

Additional websites that have information
Focusing on depression, anxiety and substance use, this site is aimed specifically at young people and provides information, tips, personal stories and links.

Information and advice on a variety of problems and includes email and web counselling for children and young people aged between five and 18 years.
Website with information about health, including mental health issues with information for young people, including people sharing their stories.
Young people focused information and advice on how to prevent and manage tough times including family and friendship issues and mental health difficulties.
Young people focused information about drugs, sex, mental health, body image and relationships.
A New Zealand computer program that helps young people learn skills to deal with feeling down, depressed or stressed.
Canadian website with information and resources regarding a wide range of mental health issues in adolescents, designed for young people and also their families
Fact sheets and information for young people and their families regarding mental health issues in young people including what to expect at mental health assessments and keeping well

Information and strategies specifically designed for young people with anxiety
A website with advice, information and support for children, adolescents and their families if they are experiencing anxiety and depression.