More Good Stuff

If times are really tough and you need more help or information give some of the links below a go. The Bounce team have pulled together what we think are a great bunch of organisations, resources and tips that will help you live life well.

Tips, advice and campaigns

  • All Right? – is a campaign that gets Cantabrians talking to their friends, family members, neighbours and colleagues about whether they’re really All Right in the wake of the earthquakes.
  • Common Ground – helps parents, families, whānau and friends support young people, to manage hard times and enjoy happier lives.
  • Live for Tomorrow – a project by youth organisation Zeal which reaches struggling young people with messages of hope and positive change, online and in school. Whether it’s mental health, identity, bullying, self-harm, alcohol use, suicide or something else, they are here and they care.
  • – dedicated to equipping teenagers with the information and skills they need to negotiate the adolescent years and build meaningful lives. The materials, based on credible research and linked to the health curriculum, give young people strategies for solving problems, handling stress, building resilience and negotiating relationships.

Mental health information and services

  • Visit your GP – he/she can refer you to other services for young people
  • – Youthline offers support 24/7 for young people. It’s free, professional and confidential. You can contact them for support by calling 0800 376633, through free text 234, email or webchat. You can talk about whatever is on your mind – school, bullying, family, relationships, sex – and know that you will be talking to a real person, trained to support you with whatever is going on. You don’t need to wait for things to get really full on – if it’s on your mind, it’s worth talking about.
  • – if you need support, this site will help you find the right service.
  • – provides resources and support around depression and anxiety. Get all the facts and treatment information. Talk to a trained counsellor and hear other people's personal stories
  • 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.
  • Mental Health Foundation – making mental health everybody’s business. Supports wellbeing with great resources including the Wellbeing Game.
  • – the Mental Health Education & Resource Centre provides free information on all aspects of mental health.
  • – information and support for those going through grief and other difficult situations.
  • – phone, text, email and live chat support to anyone who has issues with alcohol or other drugs, or who is supporting someone with these issues.

Great things happening in Canterbury

  • Neat Places – more than your average city guide. Neat Places profiles restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, galleries, events and people all over New Zealand.
  • Youth Voice Canterbury – a network of youth councils and youth advisory groups from Canterbury that want to connect young people with the best person in authority who can help answer your question, consider your suggestion, or make a change.
  • Ministry of Awesome – for inspiration and to share your awesome ideas.
  • – check out the latest fun and interesting ways vacant sites within Christchurch are being used.

Get involved


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Getting extra support

It's better to get information and advice earlier rather than later. Some people choose to seek informal help from whanau, friends, colleagues or through their church.

Sometimes, however, this might not be enough.

Think about getting professional help if:

  • your emotions or physical symptoms are too intense or just won’t go away
  • you feel numb or cut off
  • you have continued nightmares, poor sleep or flashbacks
  • your family, social or work relationships suffer
  • you experience ongoing loss of memory and concentration
  • your performance suffers at school, work or home
  • stress is affecting your health – you’re getting sick all the time
  • you increase smoking, drinking or drug taking
  • you want to talk but feel you have no one to talk to about your experience
  • blocking out feelings and memories isn’t working
  • you find yourself not wanting to leave your house
  • you have lost faith in yourself or the world
  • you have feelings of hopelessness, despair or suicide

Maybe you have noticed these things in someone close to you. Remember, it's okay to say something if you're unsure how to help them.

These services are free and confidential:

Or you could visit your GP.