Getting help

Consistent top performers know they can’t solve every challenge by themselves. Seeking advice to help deal with the pressures that farming brings is important.

There will always be times when things get us down and it’s normal for this to happen. Many of those around you have been through similar challenges and are willing to help. Asking for and receiving help will get you back on top of things sooner.

Find out how to have a conversation with someone you are concerned about, what to look out for in yourself and others and where to go for further assistance.

Tips on how to help someone

Take the lead

If you think someone is having a tough time, don’t be afraid to ask how they are. Even if they don't want to talk, it's good for them to know that you are there. If they do want to talk, be open minded, non-judgmental and listen.

Ask how you can help

People will want support at different times or in different ways, so ask how you can help. If they don't need your help now don't give up. Keep checking in with them regularly.

Give them time

Some people might prefer a text or email rather than talking on the phone or face-to-face. This means they can get back to you when they feel ready.

Help available

Contact details for helping services

Organisation Contact Details
Need to talk? Free phone or text 1737 1737
Depression information
Depression Helpline 0800 111 757
Anxiety Helpline 0800 269 4389
Like Minds Information Line 0800 102 107
Lifeline 0800 543 354
Victim Support 0800 842 846
Youthline 0800 376 633
Free Text 234
The LowDown, for youth
Free Text 5624
Healthline 0800 611 116
Alcohol Drug Helpline 0800 787 797
Gambling Helpline 0800 654 655
Rural Women New Zealand 0800 256 467
Federated Farmers 0800 327 646
Supporting Families in Mental Illness
Rural Support Trust
0800 787 254
Suicide Prevention Helpline 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
Are You OK? Family violence helpline 0800 456 450
OUTLine NZ 0800 688 5463
Crisis Team Numbers
Manline 06 358 1211


If you or someone you know needs urgent help, call 111.


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