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Getting help for stress

Whai āwhina mō te pōkaikaha

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

Friends, whānau (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 is not true.

Talk to your friends, whānau (family), 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

Your general practice team can offer support and advice with managing stress. They can help you work out if the tips on the earlier pages in this section 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 through the Mental Health Education and Resource Centre (MHERC) on in the Family Services Directory. Or your general practice team might be able to help you find options that suit your budget.

Other health professionals

Some physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietitians and chiropractors have an interest in helping with stress management.

Online help

Phone helplines

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed October 2020.


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