Help with mental health and addiction
Specialist health services and resources if you or someone you care about is dealing with a mental illness or addiction.
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Help is available if you do not feel safe or need support.
Mental health and addiction services
You do not have to deal with a mental illness or addiction on your own — there are resources, helplines, support groups, websites and counsellors available.
Information and resources to help you cope with mental illness and addiction.
What to do in an emergency, find a list of helplines and access other resources to help you find services.
Alcohol and drug use can affect your physical health, state of mind, relationships and finances. If you or someone you care about has an alcohol or drug problem, there’s help available.
Talk to your health professional, or find support in your local area.
Answer some questions to find out which benefits you might be entitled to. It’s confidential — the tool asks you questions but Work and Income do not see your answers. You’ll be asked:
- for personal information about you and your partner
- what you’ve earned in the last year
- about any health conditions or disabilities
- how much you pay in rent or mortgage payments
- the value of your assets.
Support for family, whānau and caregivers
Practical help for people who care for family or friends with mental health problems.
Compulsory assessment and treatment
If you think someone you care about needs to be seen by a mental health doctor, you can apply for a compulsory assessment by writing to your local Director of Area Mental Health Services. You need to contact your local district health board to get their details.
A compulsory treatment order is a court order that requires someone to be treated for a mental illness. When the assessment period is over, the responsible doctor can apply to the Family Court to continue treatment.
The Family Court can:
- issue a warrant to enforce you to attend an assessment
- review the compulsory assessment order
- review a compulsory treatment order.