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Male-specific mental health services available.*



There is an extensive list of support specifically for men and mental health in New Zealand. These services are highlightd with an asterix (*). New Zealand, as with Australia, the UK and other western countries, have taken steps in establishing these services in response to the need for men's mental health due to the stigma attached for blokes, and the high level of male suicide rates in these countries. 

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT (Click here for NZ Ministry of Health Mental Health and Wellbeing website.)

EMERGENCY  (24 hours 7 days a week)

Call 111

Lifeline Aotearoa

Tel: 09 5222 999 (Auckland) or 0800 543 354 (outside of Auckland)

Lifeline Aotearoa is a New Zealand organisation providing free 24-hour counseling and phone help lines. It provides support, information and resources to people at risk of suicide, family and friends affected by suicide and people supporting someone with suicidal thoughts and/or suicidal behaviours.

Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO).

Samaritans New Zealand: 0800 726 666 or 04 473 0739 within Wellington

Samaritans offer confidential, non-religious and non-judgemental support to anyone who may be feeling depressed, lonely, or even be contemplating suicide. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and you don't have to be suicidal to call us. If Samaritans helpline is busy, please try one of the other NZ helplines, or in the case of an emergency dial 111.

Mental health crisis services (for emergencies only)

Northland: Topuni to North Cape

Whangarei (09) 430 4101 ext 3537

Monday to Friday 8am – 4.30pm, closed on weekends and public holidays; after hours 0800 223 371


Waitemata: Wellsford to North Shore

Mental Health Crisis (09) 486 8900 (operating 24/7)

Henderson (09) 822 8601

North Shore (09) 487 1414


Auckland: Auckland City

Mental Health Crisis 0800 800 717 (operating 24/7)


Counties Manukau: South Auckland to Te Kauwhata

Counties Manukau Mental Health Intake and Assessment Team: (09) 261 3700


Waikato: Coromandel, Hamilton to National Park

Hamilton 0800 505 050 (operating 24/7)


Bay of Plenty: Tauranga, Whakatane to Te Kaha

Tauranga 0800 800 508

Whakatane 0800 774 545


Tairawhiti: Hicks Bay to Gisborne

Gisborne (06) 867 2435 / 0800 243500


Lakes: Rotorua, Taupo, Turangi

Lakes 0800 166 167 (operating 24/7)

Hawke’s Bay: Wairoa, Napier, Hastings, Waipukurau

Napier, Hastings 0800 112 334 (operating 24/7)


Taranaki: New Plymouth to Waverly

New Plymouth (06) 753 6139 ext 7680

Whanganui: Ohakune, Whanganui to Bulls

Whanganui 0800 653 358


MidCentral: Palmerston North to Waikanae             

MidCentral 0800 653 357

Wairarapa: Masterton to Martinborough

Wairarapa 0508 432 432 (operating 24/7)

Hutt Valley: Lower and Upper Hutt      

0800 745 477 (operating 24/7)

Hutt Valley (04) 566 6999

Lower Hutt (04) 570 9801

Upper Hutt (04) 587 2860

(Monday to Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm)


Capital & Coast: Kapiti to Wellington, Wellington, Kapiti Coast, Porirua City, Wellington City

Te Haika 0800 745 477 (operating 24/7)

Nelson Marlborough: Top of South Island to Hanmer Springs, Nelson region from Rai Valley to Korere to Riwaka

Nelson (03) 546 1421 (Monday to Friday 8am – 4:30pm)

Nelson Hospital (03) 546 1800. After hours, phone Nelson Hospital and ask for the on-call crisis staff.


Nelson Marlborough: Marlborough, as far as the Clarence River and up to the Lakes and down the Sounds, and as far as Rai Valley

Marlborough – Witherlea Community Team (03) 520 9907 (Monday to Friday 8am – 4:30pm excluding public holidays)

Wairau Hospital (03) 520 9999. After hours, ask for crisis team.


Nelson Marlborough: Golden Bay area, from the top of Takaka Hill to Turimawiwi on the west coast of Golden Bay

Golden Bay Te Whare Mahana Trust (03) 525 7647 (crisis on-call service operating 24/7)


Canterbury: Kaikoura to Ashburton    

Christchurch 0800 920 092 (operating 24/7)


West Coast: West Coast, South Island

Greymouth 0800 757 678 (operating 24/7)


South Canterbury: Timaru, Mt Cook, Tekapo, Temuka, Waimate, Glenavy in the south to Rakaia in the north, and inland as far as Mount Cook       

Timaru 0800 277 997


Southern: Dunedin, Milford Sound south to Stewart Island

Mental Health Services 0800 467 846 press 1 for Southland, press 2 for Otago.

1737, need to talk?

Tel: 1737

1737, need to talk? is the national mental health and addictions helpline. Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757

Free text number 4202

This website helps New Zealanders recognise and understand depression and anxiety. We want to reduce the impact that depression and anxiety have on the lives of New Zealanders by encouraging early recognition and help-seeking. This website is full of ideas and stories to help people with depression and anxiety get to a better place. This website is part of a national public health programme, the National Depression Initiative. It is a component of the New Zealand government’s approach to suicide prevention. The programme is managed by the Health Promotion Agency. It is supported by partners Homecare Medical and FCB New Zealand. This website has a partner site, The Lowdown, and is designed to help young New Zealanders understand and deal with depression and anxiety. for Maori: for Pasifika:

The Journal

The Journal is operated under and is a free, personalised online programme through a series of online lessons: Positivity, Lifestyle and Problem solving. It's easy to use and all you need is access to a computer or mobile device.

The Lowdown

Free 24/7 Helpline: 0800 111 757

Text 5626

The Lowdown is a website to help young New Zealanders recognise and understand depression or anxiety. Through encouraging early recognition and help for depression or anxiety we intend to reduce the impact depression or anxiety has on the lives of young New Zealanders, now and throughout their adult lives. However they may be feeling, The Lowdown is full of ideas and people who can help them get unstuck and get to a better place. The site has been designed to reflect the changing way young people go online so it’s fully mobile optimised. On the site young people can find:

  • Helpful information on anxiety, depression (and other issues they may be struggling with like leaving school or getting on with their parents).

  • Videos of 13 real young people telling their stories.

  • Quick steps to help build healthy mental wellbeing.

  • Healthy behaviours to build resilience.

  • Places to go to get help.

  • Information for anyone worried about a friend.

  • A moderated forum for young people to share stories and experiences and provide peer-to-peer support.


There is wide range of groups available to us in New Zealand when we want to reach out for a bit of help and support. These ones are specifically for men.


Canterbury Men’s Centre, Christchurch*

Tel: 03 365 9000

Counselling, life coaching and basic social work support.

MENZSHED New Zealand* - Nationwide


A great place for older men to meet, share and develop skills, and make or repair things.

Father and Child Trust*- Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch

Tel: 03 982 2440 | 09 525 1690

Support by fathers, for fathers, offering classes and group meetings.


For Hims*

Tel: 1-800-368-0038

Hims is about preventative care. Helping men look and feel their best all the time through easy and affordable ideas and solutions.


Man Alive* - Auckland / Whangarei / Northland

Tel: 09 835 0509

A broad range of counselling services and practical programmes, run by men for men.


Men Living Without Violence* - Takapuna, Auckland

Tel: 09 489 3770

Programmes to help men with anger, abuse or violence issues.

National Network of Living Without Violence* - Nationwide

For urgent assistance, contact the New Zealand Police : 111

Tel: +64 03 3910048027 6941051

A nationwide network of 42 groups to help men stop violence.


Essentially Men Education Trust* - Auckland

Tel: 09 376 2386

Seminars and support for men wanting to improve their strength and emotional connection.


Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust* - Auckland/ Wellington/ Nelson/ Marlborough/ Christchurch / Dunedin

Tel: 03 377 6747

Retreats, counselling and support groups for male survivors of sexual abuse.


Men In Change* - Albany, Auckland

Tel: 424 1275

Group therapy support for men grieving loss.

Whirlwind Trust* - Paraparaumu

Local “dinners without bullshit” and online support and stories for men with depression and anxiety. 

Facebook Page and Secret Group

Our community page for anyone interested in the issues that Whirlwind stands for. This is a closed private forum for Whirlwind men to safely throw around whatever’s on their mind at the time. Please send us a message via our Facebook page if you want to join a private group.

Whirlwind Events

Check out the Events page for meetups and events on the Kapiti Coast and throughout the Wellington region.

Tell your story.  Make a difference.

The currency of Whirlwind is the stories that are told. Sharing your story can help to lighten the load and it can help other men who could relate to what you’ve been through. Whether you feel like sharing your whole story or just want to get in contact with some other men who understand your struggles, we want to hear from you! Email us at


MensTalk: Counselling for Men* - Grey Lynn, Auckland

Tel: 0508 636 782

Counselling services specifically for men and boys.


Mensline Christchurch*

Contact Mensline for further details, call our volunteers: eMail:

Open men’s group meetings where you can express your thoughts, feelings, fears, problems, and dreams.


W.I.S.E Guys Men’s Support Group* - South Auckland

Tel: 0800494734

Emergency accommodation when addictions, stress, family breakdowns leave you homeless and unemployed. First step to rebuilding life when events overcome you.


Tauawhi Men’s Centre* - Gisbourne

Tel: 06 868 8278, a/h 06 868 1399

Counselling, social work, advocacy, educational programmes and access to free legal advice.


Male Support Services Waikato* - Hillcrest, Waikato

Tel: 07 858 4112

Support for men who are victims of physical, mental, emotional, domestic and sexual abuse.


Men’s Work* - Hamilton

Tel: 07 839 5496

Counselling therapy for men to answer psychological problems, and still be a bloke.


Manline Manawatu* - Manawatu/ Hawkes Bay/ Manawatu/ Tararua/ Horowhenua

Tel: 06 358 1211

Counselling and education service run by men, for men, promoting non-violent lifestyles for men who wish to change how they live.

Movember Foundation -  New Zealand*

Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues, particularly prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide. The Movember Foundation runs the global Movember charity event, housed at The goal of Movember is to "change the face of men's health." By encouraging men (whom the charity refers to as "Mo Bros") to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides annual check-ups, the Movember Foundation encourages men to find ways to take care of our mental health, and to check in with one another in order to reduce the rate of suicide in men. Visit the link to New Zealand’s Movember page to access vital information on these three key topics affecting men’s health today:


OTHER NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH AND CRISIS SUPPORT –  online e-therapy tool provided by the University of Auckland that helps young people learn skills to deal with feeling down, depressed or stressed

OUTLine NZ – 0800 688 5463 (OUTLINE) provides confidential telephone support 

Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email or online chat

What's Up – 0800 942 8787 (for 5–18 year olds). Phone counselling is available Monday to Friday, 12noon–11pm and weekends, 3pm–11pm. Online chat is available from 3pm–10pm 7 days a week, including all public holidays. 

Parent Help – 0800 568 856 for parents/whānau seeking support, advice and practical strategies on all parenting concerns. Anonymous, non-judgemental and confidential.

Family Services 211 Helpline –  0800 211 211 for help finding (and direct transfer to) community based health and social support services in your area.

Skylight – 0800 299 100 for support through trauma, loss and grief; 9am–5pm weekdays.

Supporting Families In Mental Illness –  For families and whānau supporting a loved one who has a mental illness. Auckland 0800 732 825. Find other regions' contact details here.

Alcohol and Drug Helpline – 0800 787 797 or online chat

Are You OK 0800 456 450  A family violence helpline

Gambling Helpline – 0800 654 655

Anxiety phone line – 0800 269 4389 (0800 ANXIETY) 

Shine –  0508 744 633 confidential domestic abuse helpline

Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand – Support Groups Referrals

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand (MHFNZ) is a charity that works towards creating a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health & wellbeing. MHFNZ offers an extensive list of community support services (for all including men) in mental health, depression, anxiety, grief, addictions, crisis support and trauma. Visit the site here to find a service that best suits you:

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