Mental Health and Illness

For Psychiatric Emergencies call 0800 920 092.
Community and Public Health provides population health services and information. We are unable to work with individuals regarding their health issues.

Mental illness is common, but can severely impact on people’s lives. The 2012/13 New Zealand Health Survey found that:

  • One in six New Zealand adults had been diagnosed with a common mental disorder at some time in their lives. This includes depression, bipolar disorders and anxiety disorders.
  • Mental disorders as a group are the third-leading cause of health loss for New Zealanders. Measuring health loss includes risk of illness, disability, and early death.
  • Females are more likely to experience a common mental disorder than males, regardless of age.
  • The highest rates of common mental disorder were from 35 to 44 years of age for women and from 45 to 55 years of age for men.
  • Older people were more likely to have been diagnosed with a mental disorder, while younger people were more likely to experience psychological distress.
  • Māori and Pacific have higher rates of being diagnosed with mental disorders or experiencing psychological distress than the rest of the population. Mental health service use by Māori is rising.
  • People living in the most deprived areas of New Zealanders have poorer mental health, and higher levels of unmet need for health care.

People with a mental disorder frequently have more than one disorder. There is also a relationship between mental disorder and chronic physical conditions.



Download or order resources from the Community Health Information Centre.


Contact your local CPH office for further information:

Ph: +64 3 364 1777
Fax: +64 3 379 6125

Ph: +64 3 687 2600
Fax: +64 3 688 6091

Ph: +64 3 768 1160
Fax: +64 3 768 1169

For additional information, contact:

Psychiatric Emergency Line
0800 920 092

Depression Helpline
0800 111 757

0800 LifeLine
0800 543 354

0800 211 211

Suicide Crisis Helpline
0508 828 865

Need to talk? 1737 free call or text any time.

Page last updated: 09/03/2018

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