It is always OK, to say you are not OK. There is help. Here is a list of resources to get you started.
New Zealand Services and Resources
Call 0800 LIFELINE (0800 543 354) or text HELP (4357) for free, 24/7, confidential support – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You an also contact a clinical psychologists directly by area and specialty
Great online articles and community for those facing physical and mental health challenges at www.themighty.com
Yellow Brick Road, support families towards mentla wellbeing
A database of resources specfically for migrants and refugees
Emerge Aotearoa provides a wide range of community-based mental health, addiction, disability support, offender rehabilitation, wellbeing and housing services nationwide
Talking Minds is a website focused on understanding psychosis
Le Va offers services for Pasifika families
The Ministry of health provides a list of Maori Health Providers by region
Asian Family Services provides support to Asians living in New Zealand
Those who have experienced abuse or assault may be eligible for ACC funded counselling.
Potential help via your work
Does your work have an EAP (Employee Assistance Programme), if so, they are usually funded and confidential.
If you or a friend/family members workplace uses the Xero accounting software, you may be able to access three free counselling sessions.
Internatonal list of crisis resources
Try Your Docter
Your General Practitioner is a great place to start. They should also know about potential funded support in your area.
In this day and age, GPs are more educated and supported in helping with mental health concerns than there were when I first needed them (that is another story for another blog). Unfortunately, not all are moving with the times, do go ‘GP shopping’ if yours is not helpful. Remember you are the customer.