Wellbeing self-help tools and resources

These wellbeing self-help tools and resources cover a range of issues and link you to helplines and websites for more information and help. Taking a moment to understand how you are feeling and to learn strategies to cope is an important part of developing resilience and skills to succeed at university.

Anxiety NZ

Anxiety NZ is based in St Lukes, Auckland, and has a team of registered and intern psychologists to provide treatment for people who experience anxiety, panic, phobias and depression, and they can support students to get funding for individual sessions through a disability allowance. They also run free peer support groups.

Free 24/7 helpline: 0800 ANXIETY (0800 269 4389)
Anxiety NZ website

The Lowdown

The Lowdown has lots of helpful resources for understanding mental health and strategies to help you manage.

Text for free on 5626 to talk to a trained counsellor.
The Lowdown website

Small Steps

Small Steps is an interactive, online self-help tool that offers strategies and support to boost your mood and manage your wellbeing.

Small Steps website

Just a Thought

Just a Thought provides free online CBT courses to help manage symptoms and causes of depression and anxiety.

Just a Thought website

Depression.org

Depression.org has a wealth of information about the causes, symptoms and treatment of depression, and offers lots of practical advice and information about how to get support. They have trained counsellors available via a free helpline and text.

Free 24/7 helpline: 0800 111 757
Text for free at 4202
Depression.org website

Lifeline Aotearoa

Lifeline Aotearoa offers support for people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts. They offer specialist counselling, and have resources to help people who are supporting a loved one with suicidal thoughts.

Free 24/7 helpline: 0800 LIFELINE (0800 543 354)
Free text on HELP (4357)
Lifeline website

If you are feeling suicidal and unsafe, please call the Crisis Team on 0800 800 717 or the police on 111 immediately.

Small Steps

Small Steps is an interactive, online self-help tool that offers strategies and support to boost your mood and manage your wellbeing.

Small Steps website

Just a Thought

Just a Thought provides free online CBT courses to help manage symptoms and causes of depression and anxiety.

Just a Thought website

HELP

HELP offers support to survivors of sexual harm, whether it happened recently or in the past. They provide:

  • Crisis support: they can help you access medical treatment and emergency support if you are unsafe.
  • Justice services: they can offer advice and support at all stages of the process.
  • Therapy: they offer free support sessions
  • They also have heaps of information for the family and loved ones of the survivor.

Free 24/7 helpline: 0800 623 1700
HELP Auckland website

Shakti

Shakti is a national not-for-profit community organisation specialised in the area of women’s development, empowerment and domestic/ family violence intervention, prevention and awareness. It is a specialist provider of culturally competent support services for women, children and families of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origin.

Shakti NZ website

SHINE

SHINE supports people who are experiencing domestic and intimate partner violence. They offer support and advocacy, non-violence and child safety workshops, and emergency accommodation for women and children escaping violence.

Free 24/7 helpline: 0508 744 633
SHINE website

Victim Support

Victim Support help people who have been affected by suicide, accidents or crimes. They provide practical information about how to make a report and what you can expect, and they can connect you with a support worker to help you cope in the aftermath.

Free 24/7 helpline: 0800 842 846
Victim Support website

In an emergency call 111. For security on campus call 0800 AUTSAFE

CADS Auckland (Community Alcohol and Drug Services)

CADS Auckland (Community Alcohol and Drug Services) provide free individual and group therapy as well as medical support.

CADS website

Alcohol.org.nz

Information about reducing harm from alcohol consumption.

Free alcohol and drug helpline: 0800 787 797
Alcohol.org.nz website

NZ Drug Foundation

Information about illegal substances.

Drug Foundation website

The Light Project

The Light Project has information and resources for people struggling with porn addiction.

The Light Project website

Gambling Helpline

Gambling Helpline offer a free helpline and resources to anyone struggling with a gambling addiction.

Free helpline: 0800 654 655
Gambling Helpline website

Quitline

Quitline offers support with smoking cessation.

Quitline: 0800 778 778
Quitline website

EDANZ

EDANZ provides information and resources about different types of eating disorders and how to get help.

EDANZ website

The Lowdown

The Lowdown has lots of helpful resources for understanding eating/body image disorders and strategies to help you manage. You can text for free  to talk to a trained counsellor.

Free text: on 5626
The Lowdown website

Rainbow Youth

Rainbow Youth provides support, information, resources and advocacy for queer, gender diverse, takatāpui and intersex youth.

Rainbow Youth website

OutLine

OutLine is a national service that helps LGBTIQ+ New Zealanders access support, information and a sense of community. They provide

  • A free nationwide 0800 phone line and online chat support service staffed by trained volunteers
  • A transgender peer support service for trans and non-binary people in Auckland
  • Specialist face-to-face and Skype counselling exploring gender and sexuality for LGBTIQ+ people across Aotearoa

Anyone can call OutLine. It's free and confidential.

Phone Outline 6pm-9pm: 0800 OUTLINE (0800 688 5463)  
OutLine website

F’INE

F’INE is an Auckland-based not-for-profit organisation that provides Whānau Ora navigational services to LGBTQI+, Rainbow, Queer, Pasifika youth.

F'INE website

Village Collective

Village Collective supports Pasikifa youth, and Rainbow Fale is their hub for activities developed to support young Pasifika Rainbow people.

Rainbow Fale on Village Collective website

AUT Rainbow Support

AUT Rainbow Support offers services and resources for students who identify with diverse sexual orientations, sex and gender identities. They also get involved with many Rainbow events in Auckland.

Rainbow students: services and resources at AUT
Out@AUT social group on Facebook

Skylight

Skylight provides resources, support groups, workshops and counselling support through trauma, loss and grief.

Skylight website

The Grief Centre

The Grief Centre is based on the North Shore in Auckland, and provides support and income-adjusted counselling services.

Grief Centre website

Miscarriage Support Auckland

Miscarriage Support Auckland provides advice regarding grieving and tips about helping others who have experienced miscarriage, books, helpful resources, personal stories, information for men, suggestions from health professionals and more.

Miscarriage Support website

Solace

Solace invites anyone affected by suicide loss to join their monthly meetings. They are a peer-support group using best practice support group process. All members have experienced loss by suicide and meetings are facilitated by those with a lived experience of bereavement by suicide. Solace provides a safe, empathetic place to share your experience and learn about grief and loss by suicide.

Solace on Facebook

Youthline

Youthline offers limited free counselling sessions to under 25 year olds, and they also provide support with mentoring and gaining employment, and they have a number of community volunteering roles that can help build confidence, competence and community.

Youthline website

The Lowdown

The Lowdown has lots of helpful resources for understanding how low self-esteem develops and strategies to help you build your confidence. You can text for free on 5626 to talk to a trained counsellor.

The Lowdown website

Shakti

Shakti is a national not-for-profit community organisation specialised in the area of women’s development, empowerment and domestic/ family violence intervention, prevention and awareness. It is a specialist provider of culturally competent support services for women, children and families of Asian, African and Middle Eastern origin.

Shakti NZ website

SHINE

SHINE supports people who are experiencing domestic and intimate partner violence. They offer support and advocacy, non-violence and child safety workshops, and emergency accommodation for women and children escaping violence.

Free 24/7 helpline: 0508 744 633
SHINE website

OutLine

OutLine is a national service that helps LGBTIQ+ New Zealanders access support, information and a sense of community. They provide

  • A free nationwide 0800 phone line and online chat support service staffed by trained volunteers
  • A transgender peer support service for trans and non-binary people in Auckland
  • Specialist face-to-face and Skype counselling exploring gender and sexuality for LGBTIQ+ people across Aotearoa

Anyone can call OutLine. It's free and confidential.

Phone Outline 6pm-9pm: 0800 OUTLINE (0800 688 5463)  
OutLine website

AUT support for study success

Find out about the support AUT offers to help you achieve study success including:

  • Peer mentors: senior students who can help support your journey
  • Study skills workshops and resources at AUT Library
  • Personal online help via Studiosity
  • Employability and careers support

Study success information

Sleep.org

Sleep.org provides informative, data-driven content and recommendations about sleep health, science, and products.

Sleep.org website

Anxiety NZ

If stress and worry are depriving you of sleep, Anxiety NZ offer a free 24/7 helpline to talk your through strategies to help you manage.

Free 24/7 helpline: 0800 ANXIETY (0800 269 4389)
Axiety NZ website

Contact us

Counselling and Mental Health
Phone: +64 9 921 9292
Email: counselling@aut.ac.nz

Locations
City Campus: Level 2, WB Building
North Campus: Level 2, AS building
South Campus: MB107b

Lifeline 24 Hour Support: 0800 543 354
Central Auckland Crisis Team: 0800 800 717

Feedback or questions
Email the manager directly if you have feedback, complaints, compliments,  questions or ideas:
peter.shimwell@aut.ac.nz

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