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Supporting a young person with depression

Te tautoko i tētahi taiohi me te mate pāpōuri


At times, suicide might seem like a solution to depression. If you or a friend is considering acting on suicidal thoughts and needs help, phone the Depression Helpline on 0800‑111‑757 or txt 4202 (available 24/7). You can also phone Youthline 0800‑37-66-33 or txt 234 (available 24/7). Or you can contact your local mental health crisis team:

Parents, whānau (family) and caregivers are really important to the wellbeing of rangatahi (young people). The support they give to rangatahi is essential.

If you're worried about a friend or whānau member who is depressed, try to get them to see someone who can help. Their general practice team is a good first choice. Other people who can help include their school counsellor, a nurse, a youth worker or a trusted whānau member. Offer to go an appointment with them for support.

When rangatahi have depression, they aren't always able to ask for help. They may even refuse help at times when you can see they need it.

You can support them and help with their recovery by:

It's really important that parents, whānau and caregivers look after themselves and get extra support if they need it. Talk to your partner, friends, a doctor, Youthline or the Depression Helpline for ways to make supporting your rangatahi easier.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed May 2023.


See also:

Alcohol use in teens & young adults

Drugs & reducing your risks from taking drugs

Eating well for teens & young adults

Getting help if your child is being bullied


Screen-time strategies

Sleep advice for teens

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