Brief Intervention Talking Therapies
People struggling with mental health issues can get up to five free sessions with a mental health
clinician to assess, treat and / or refer to other health services if needed.
Our clinicians are English speaking, however interpreters are available if needed.
Sessions are free and confidential. Click here to find out more about this service.
1737, need to talk?
Anyone feeling stressed, anxious, worried, depressed, needing advice on mental health or addictions issues can free call or text 1737 any time, 24 hours a day to speak to a mental health
Reading in Mind book scheme for mental health and wellbeing
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health issue like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or worry, reading books on the issue can help you better manage your mental health and wellbeing. The Reading in Mind book scheme provides selected books and other resources (e-books, DVDs and CDs) on a wide range of mental health and wellbeing topics.
The selected books come reviewed and/or recommended by mental health professionals, the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, the Christchurch City Libraries or the Christchurch-based Mental Health Education Resource Centre (MHERC). Some of the books have been recommended by other, similar book schemes available in New Zealand or internationally. Some may also come recommended by users of Reading in Mind. You can choose a book (or other resource) from the book lists on the website. Your health provider or local librarian can also help you choose a book. You can check out the book at your library or place a hold on it if it is not available at your local library. MHERC can post books out to you and will include a pre-paid post bag for returning books.
Once you have read the book, you can to discuss what you have learned with your health provider or librarian. You can provide feedback on the book via the feedback form available on the website.
Visit Reading in Mind at www.readinginmind.org.nz
Physical health checks
People with mental health conditions are reminded that it is just as important to look after your physical health. You should have an appointment with their GP at least once a year for a physical health check, especially if you are taking antipsychotic or opioid substitution medications.
Funding can sometimes be provided to assist with doctors fees if this is a barrier – please
discuss this with your GP.
Where to get help
Your GP is the best person to talk to about your mental health. They will be able to offer advice and point you to other services if needed.
MHERC (Mental Health Education & Resource Centre) is a helpful place for other mental health information and services. Visit the MHERC website for more information.
Partnership Community Workers
If you don’t have a regular GP, Partnership Community Workers (PCWs) can also help you connect to a practice and other health care you need, including mental health services. PCWs can help you:
- enrol at a Pegasus Health General Practice
- get to your doctor/hospital appointments, if transport is a problem for you
- visit Work and Income, if you find it difficult to pay for the doctor
- find other Community Services to support you.