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Who can help me cope with stress?

The following people and organisations may be able to help you with stress.

Friends, family and others

Start talking to the people around you. You may be surprised at how they can help.

New Zealanders often feel that stress is a sign of weakness and they're the only ones struggling. But mostly this isn't true.

Talk to your friends, family/whānau, sporting coaches, the leaders in your faith community, your workmates, and your spouse. Everyone finds life challenging at times. The more you talk to others, the more you'll realise that everyone struggles to balance the challenges of life at times.

If you choose people who are supportive, kind and non-judgemental, they might be able to offer some insights that make it easier for you to manage. Take a risk with the people in your life and open up.

General practice team

If you need to find a GP, you can search on Healthpages.

Your GP and practice nurse can offer support and advice with managing stress. They can help you work out if the tips on the earlier pages can help, or if you need some help from mental health professionals or medication.

Counsellor or psychologist

If, despite making changes, you're finding it difficult to cope, you might consider paying to see a private counsellor or psychologist. You can find a counsellor or therapist on MHERC, or your GP might be able to help you find options that suit your budget.

Online or phone helplines

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed April 2018.

See also:

Preparing for your doctor's visit

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