Hinengaro / Mental Health & Wellbeing Support
At Arthritis NZ, we recognize that managing arthritis involves more than just physical symptoms. We understand the emotional and psychological toll that arthritis can take on individuals and their loved ones. Living with arthritis can be challenging, and it’s important to prioritise your mental health. We’ve put together some mental wellbeing services in Aotearoa that are free of charge.
1737 Free Mental Health | 24-hour Support Line
Whatever it is, they are here to help. Free call or free text 1737 any time, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
You’ll get to talk to (or text with) a trained counsellor or a peer support worker.
This service is completely free.
Free Counselling Through Your GP
Some medical centres/GP practices can access free or susidised counselling for their patients.
This can depend on which Primary Health Organisation (PHO) your GP is registered with. Give your GP’s reception a call and check with the practice nurse.
Free National Wellbeing Support
In 2023, the government launched a free mental wellbeing website. The Access and Choice programme provides free mental wellbeing support services. These services are not income tested – anyone can access them.
You may want to talk through the impacts of living with arthritis and make adjustments so you can live well with the challenges that this brings.
CALM-Computer Assisted Learning for the Mind
The University of Auckland’s evidence-based guide to living a happy life is available on the CALM Website, Computer Assisted Learning for the Mind.