Mental Health and Addiction systems should offer a range of supports in different settings.  One such type of support is self-care - people being supported to look after, and improve, their own mental health and wellbeing.  

Some self-care resources are linked to in this section of our webpage.  They are suggested as being possible resources to support mental wellbeing, not to replace other services if needed.

Professional advice on what level of support you might need can always be sought from Healthline, the Ministry of Health's 24/7 health advice line, on 0800 611 116, or from your General Practitioner or other Health Professional.


Place of self-care in mental health systems

Figure showing the place of self-care in mental health systems, from the World Health Organisations Mental Health Policy and Service Guidance Package, Organization of Services for Mental Health Module.


Antidepressant Skills at Work "A self-care manual authored by scientist-practitioners with expertise in issues relating to workplace mental health & addiction."

Audio Relaxation Exercise from Matua Raki (National Addiction Workforce Agency) "a potential tool to help with withdrawal management"

Crisis planning - Download a sample crisis plan, post-crisis plan and questions to ask your doctor. Developed by Mary Ellen-Copeland, an international mental health recovery consultant. - including "The Journal" self-help tool with John Kirwan

Gambling self-help booklets from the Gambling helpline

Ecouch - Australian National University - "self-help interactive program with modules for depression, generalised anxiety & worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, and loss & grief."

Mental Health: Self-Care, John Hopkins University - Discusses the different types of stress, their sources, and methods for reducing stress.

MoodGym - Australian National University - self-help - "learn cognitive behaviour therapy skills for preventing and treating depression"

Responding to Stressful Events: Self-Care for Caregivers Public Health Agency of Canada

Self-care strategies at work:Canadian Mental Health Association

Self Guided Methamphetamine and ATS Withdrawal from Matua Raki "straight forward information and suggestions to ease and manage acute methamphetamine and ATS withdrawal symptoms. Where possible supportive counselling and follow-up treatment should also be provided."

WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) in Te Reo

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