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Useful mental health related resources

Below is a collection of mental health related websites, apps and podcasts. 


Beating the blues®

Beating the Blues® has 8 sessions which each last about 50 minutes. Beating the Blues® is based on CBT, an effective, clinically-proven treatment for depression. after each session there are things for you to do and think about as you go about your life. These are not difficult and the more of this 'homework' you do the better you will feel. Beating the Blues® is available as part of your treatment through your GP.

Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation website provides information on wellbeing (5 winning ways to wellbeing) and helpful free resources about depression, life stories and fact sheets about mental health. 

Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health mental health webpage provides in-depth information on mental health including triggers, symptoms, how to manage your symptoms, and how to get help.

The School of Life

Philosopher and author Alain du Boutain, has developed a website devoted to developing emotional intelligence. You can find short courses and lots of other online resources, including a fantastic YouTube channel that addresses how to find fulfilling work, how to master the art of relationships, how to understand one's past, how to achieve calm, and how better to understand the world.


MH101 is a one-day workshop for New Zealanders who want to learn how to recognize mental illness, to relate to those experiencing mental illness or distress, and to know how to respond appropriately. 

The Lowdown

The Lowdown website provides information and videos on mental health, as well as ways to tips to help you improve how you're feeling. One of its most compelling features is a chat room to talk with others.

Like Minds, Like Mine

Like Minds, Like Mine is a public awareness programme to increase social inclusion and end discrimination towards people with experience of mental illness. It has a particularly helpful section called 'good reads', which includes some personal stories about mental health.


On the Depression website you can follow other people's journeys to wellness or explore the site to find your own way to a better place. This website has some great information on the causes, getting better, and staying well. As part of, The Journal, is a free personalised online programme where John Kerwin, alongside mental health experts, will take you through a series of online lessons.

Aunty Dee

Aunty Dee is a free online tool for anyone who needs some help working through a problem that is getting them down. The website follows a systematic approach to decision making based on structured problem solving and cognitive behavioural therapy, which has been shown to reduce depression symptoms in both adults and young people. You can use Aunty Dee to work through one problem, or you can ask about many problems and use Aunty Dee over and over again.


Moodgym is like an interactive self-help book which helps you to learn and practise skills which can help to prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety. You need to register as a new user.

CALM: Computer Assisted Learning for the Mind

Computer Assisted Learning for the Mind contains a webpage with guided meditations. It offers tips for meditating, and various audio clips about mindfulness that you can listen to while meditating. 

Health Navigator - depression resources

A page that summarises online self-help, courses and apps designed to help people manage depression and anxiety. The resources suggested here have been reviewed (i.e. tried and tested) by the Health Navigator team. Some of the suggestions are free, while some have a cost. Some require referral.

Apps for download

Breathe2Relax - This app is a portable stress management tool which provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body and instructions and exercises to help users learn the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing. Breathe2Relax can be used as a stand-alone stress reduction tool, or can be used in tandem with clinical care directed by a healthcare worker. Available free on IOS and Android.

Happify - How you feel matters. Whether you're feeling stressed, anxious, depressed, or you're dealing with constant negative thoughts, the Happify app brings you effective tools and programs to take control of your emotional well-being. It uses proven techniques developed by leading scientists and experts who've  been studying evidence-based interventions in the fields of positive psychology, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy for decades. Available free on IOS and Android.

Mindshift - This app aims to help you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and identify active steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety. This app includes strategies to deal with everyday anxiety. Available free on IOS and Android.

Headspace - The free basics pack on the Headspace app teaches you the essentials of living a healthier, happier life. Its meditation made simple, teaching you the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day. Available free on IOS and Android.

Smiling mind - This app is modern meditation, a unique web and app-based program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to people's lives. Available free on IOS and Android

SPARX - this is a computer program that helps young people with mild to moderate depression. It can also help if you're feeling anxious or stressed. Available free on IOS and Android.

CalmKeeper - Designed by clinical psychologists, CalmKeeper helps you build skills to manage moments of stress and uncertainty. Available on IOS only - please note there is a cost involved.

Podcasts for download

  • Health Report - appeals to both specialist and mainstream audiences by applying a broad definition of health, and seeing health and medicine within social, scientific and political contexts.
  • Inside Health - Dr Mark Porter demystifies health issues, separating fact from fiction and bringing clarity to conflicting health advice, with the help of regular contributor GP Margaret McCartney.
  • RNZ Healthy or Hoax - Carol Hirschfeld looks at the latest food and fitness trends to discover what's good for you and what's 'gobbledygook'. In short: Do they work? 

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