Mental Health

Mental health effects everyone. It describes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Your mental health can determine how you deal with stress, adapt to change and relate to others.

Your mental health is important throughout your life as it determines your progress and the choices you make. It is also closely linked to your physical health. Having good mental health does not necessarily mean that you should feel great all the time, it is normal to have times when you feel down, stressed or uneasy. Everyone is different and deals with life circumstances in different ways. Some people bounce back quickly while others take longer.

Talk to your doctor if you feel like you’re not coping with life. They can help get you back on track and put you in touch with people that can help you depending on what your situation is. Remember recovery is possible.

Some signs that you or someone you know might be having early mental health problems are:

  • Low energy and sleeping more than usual
  • Avoiding social activities
  • Severe mood swings
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Using drugs or alcohol to escape how you’re feeling
  • Feeling like nothing is important or matters
  • Repetitive thoughts that won’t go away
  • Wanting to harm yourself
  • Dwelling on events, conversations or situations

What does good mental health look like?

People with positive mental health can:

  • Cope with life’s set-backs and develop ways of dealing with stress
  • Make good choices and reach their potential
  • Sleep well
  • Connect with people
  • Work effectively
  • Keep physically fit and healthy
  • Show empathy to others

Useful Links

Emergency Mental Health Service

Call anytime 0800 112 334

Mental Health Foundation

Mental health information and how to get support.

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Community Mental Health Service

Community Mental Health South consists of two teams - Hastings and Central Hawke’s Bay.

Address: Hawke’s Bay Hospital - Hastings Gate 9 (off McLeod Street)

Phone 878 8109 ext 5700. 8am - 5pm Mon-Fri.

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Depression Helpline

Helping New Zealanders recognise and understand depression. It encourages people to seek appropriate help and offers resources for health professionals treating people experiencing depression.


Call the Depression Helpline to talk to a trained counsellor  0800 111 757
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