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May 11, 2014 | by  | in News | [ssba]

The State of Student Counselling


– Student Health: Student Health has a duty counsellor available daily for urgent appointments and for brief appointments focussed around academic issues. There is also an intake counsellor, who aims to see all clients within one to three days, and counsellors available for appointments with a wait time of one to three weeks. These services are free to all domestic and NZAid students.

– Wellington Anxiety Specialists: A new clinic, they provide both paid counselling and help with accessing up to 30 sessions of government-funded anxiety counselling for tertiary students. They can be contacted online at or directly on (04) 386 3861.

– Capital and Coast DHB services: these include inpatient and outpatient services, alcohol and drug services and services targeted towards young people, Māori and Pasifika. A full list of services is available at

– In an emergency, if you feel you or someone else is at risk of harm, phone 111, go to your nearest hospital emergency department, or phone the CATT (Crisis Assessment & Treatment Team) on (04) 494 9169.


  • The Depression Helpline (0800 111 757)

  • Healthline (0800 611 116)

  • Lifeline (0800 543 354)

  • Samaritans (0800 726 666)

  • Youthline (0800 376 633)

  • Alcohol Drug Helpline (0800 787 797)

Around one in five New Zealanders experience a common mental disorder (depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder) every year.

In 2012/13, up to 611,000 New Zealanders were diagnosed with common mental disorders.

Young people are particularly at risk.
All anxiety, mood and substance-abuse disorders are most common in 16–24-year-olds and decline with age.

Young Māori men are a very high-risk group.
In 2009/10, the Māori male rate of mental disorders had increased by 56 per cent from the equivalent 2001/02 rate.

Young people’s use of mental-health services is increasing.
Between 2006/7 and 2009/10, mental-health clients seen by DHBs aged 15–24 increased by 24 per cent.

There is significant unmet need for people with mental disorders.
Over a 12-month period, only 39 per cent of people with a mental disorder will visit health services.



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