Wellbeing & mental health

Do you need help coping after a difficult event?

Everyone reacts to traumatic events differently. You may feel sad, or anxious, or angry, or just not quite yourself.

It's okay and normal to feel out-of-sorts when terrible things happen.

And it's definitely okay to ask for help.

Getting help from your GP

If you or someone in your family/whānau needs help, your first point of contact is your family doctor/GP. They can support you and connect you to specialised services, if needed.

Don't have a GP yet? Check the information below for help finding one.

Coping after a disaster or traumatic event

Some events affect and change our lives in challenging ways. Help is available if you are having trouble coping with a difficult event.

Also see specific resources for grief and loss.

1737 phone/text service
  • A free service available day or night. 
  • You can call or text a trained counsellor for advice on how to deal with mental distress, anxiety, and grief, and offer assistance if you are helping a child or young person.
Tips for coping with disaster
  • Going through a disaster or a big shock takes a toll on all of us, and coping is not always easy. Good mental health helps us carry on and deal with all that life throws at us. 
  • Includes practical tips and advice for supporting children and family/whānau
  • From All Right?
Mental health advice for coping after a traumatic event
  • Advice on what helps or hinders when you're recovering from a traumatic event
  • Guidance on dealing with grief, anxiety, distress, and general mental wellbeing
  • From the Ministry of Health – PDF available in multiple languages
Supporting each other after the Christchurch terrorist attack
  • Resources to help guide your conversations and look after your own mental health and that of people around you
  • From the Mental Health Foundation

General wellbeing & mental health

All Right?
  • Support to help you become more aware of your mental health and wellbeing, and take regular small steps to improve it
Helping myself with mental wellbeing
  • Making your mental health a priority is important for overall wellbeing. But despite your best efforts, you may not be feeling quite right.
  • Advice about how to get help for yourself or others
  • Also visit Getting help for a mental health issue, which includes advice for getting emergency or urgent mental health care.
  • From HealthInfo
Mental wellbeing (Hard hat)
  • Support and advice for men's mental health and wellbeing. Looking after your mental health is key to living a well-balanced life, and it's okay to ask for help.
  • From Get the Tools
Five ways to wellbeing: A best practice guide
  • Five simple actions can improve your everyday wellbeing
  • From the Mental Health Foundation NZ - PDF resource
Smiling mind
  • An app that can be downloaded to your phone or device to support mindfulness and improve mental wellbeing

Supporting children & young people's wellbeing

Children, teenagers, and young people often feel the effects of traumatic events particularly strongly. They may not understand their feelings, or how to deal with them. During difficult times, it's important to help them feel loved and supported.

See Helping a Child or Young Person for lots of great resources.

Also see specific resources for helping kids deal with grief and loss.