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Shortland Street storyline on depression and suicide

Media / Shortland Street storyline on depression and suicide

The Mental Health Foundation is working with the writers and producers of Shortland Street to ensure a new storyline about depression and suicide is told as safely as possible.

Kane and DaynaHowever, we know that some people will have found these episodes distressing.

If you need someone to talk to, or if you’re worried for someone else, please reach out for help. You can call the Suicide Crisis Line on 0508 828 865 or phone Youthline on 0800 376 633. If it’s an emergency, phone 111.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call your DHB Mental Health Crisis Team. 

f you’re not in crisis, but you think it’s time to get help, your GP is a great place to start.

You can also call or email the Mental Health Foundation’s Resource & Information Service during business hours. They can send you resources, and let you know what supports and services are available in your area. Phone (09) 623 4812 or email


Resources and useful websites

Tihei Mauri Ora: a resource to provide whānau with information and suggestions about how to support people who may be in distress or crisis, and those who are recovering from suicide. (Download a free PDF or order free copies from the Mental Health Foundation)

Having suicidal thoughts? Information for you, and for family, whānau, friends and support networks. (Download a free PDF or order free copies from the MHF)

Responding to people at risk of suicide: Everyone can play a useful and important role in identifying and responding to people at risk of suicide. This resource is intended to provide organisations and individuals with easily accessible information concerning appropriate responses to managing suicide and self-harm. (Download a free PDF from the MHF website)

Youthline Website has information about a range of issues affecting young people, including suicide. Find out common thoughts about suicidal feelings, how to create a safety plan, and other tips for staying safe.

Common Ground a website for parents, family, whānau and friends of young people who are going through a challenging time.

Useful links

  • Keeping an eye out: It can be hard to know when to worry about young people – what's normal and when to get more support. It’s common to be unsure how and when to step in and help, or even if you should. Here are some things to keep an eye out for.
  • Suicidal thoughts and feelings: If someone has thoughts and feelings about suicide, it's important to take them seriously. Here is some information about warning signs, healthy conversations, and taking action.

SPARX An online e-therapy tool provided by the University of Auckland. SPARX helps young people learn skills to deal with feeling down, depressed or stressed. An online programme to help you find a way through depression.

Supporting Families in Mental Illness Supporting Families NZ has a network of branches throughout the country that provide information, education, support and training to the families and whānau of people experiencing mental illness.

Relationships Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest professional counselling and family therapy provider. We are a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status delivering professional and affordable services which effectively meet the needs of the people we see.