Young people can call 0800 WHATSUP (0800 942 8787) free from 1pm till 10pm Mon-Fri, or 3pm to 10pm on the weekends, 365 days of the year. This is a cool helpline just for kids and teens, where you can talk or web chat to caring people about anything that's on your mind. Web chat's open 5pm to 10pm every day. You can also visit them online:
OTHER HELP LINES
Contact Barnardos for family counselling.
Phone: 0800 227 627.
This is a free, 24 hour help with anything to do with parenting and children under five.
Phone: 0800 933 922.
This is a great place to get parent and family support.
Phone: 0800 568 856.
The Family Services Directory
This is a user-friendly wealth of information about all the services available to children, young people, families and whānau.
Office of the Children's Commissioner (OCC)
This website has a range of information about the Child Rights Line and other services for children such as Lifeline, Suicide Crisis Helpline, Kidsline and Youthline. A good place to go if you can't find the type of help you're looking for above.
VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai
If you're a young person or child in care, and would like to connect with others who have had similar experiences, you should check us out at VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai. A big part of what we do is organise fun and engaging events for people with care experience. We’re an independent connection and advocacy service, separate from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, and we're here to support you and be 100% on your side.