Accessing free treatment

There are a number of different ways to access free treatment for mental distress locally in the Southern District. For elsewhere in the country, it may be best to ask your GP for contacts for your local services.

 For elsewhere in the country, it may be best to ask your GP for contacts for your local services. Click here for more information on regional mental health services.

 There are a number of different ways you might be able to access FREE treatment for mental health or mental distress issues:

  • If your GP is part of the ProCare PHO, you may be eligible for funded GP mental health care and access to 4-6 sessions of psychological intervention ( and in some instances funded psychiatric review if indicated).

  • If you use WINZ, you may be eligible for 10 free counselling sessions! Talk to your case manager.

  • If you are in paid employment, you may be able to access free counselling through your company’s Employee Assistance Programme. For more info visit www.eapservices.co.nz or talk to your employer.

  • If you have experienced sexual abuse, assault or another injury related to a suicide attempt you may be eligible for ACC support to pay for therapy with a clinical psychologist or psychotherapist. Ask your GP about making a Sensitive Claim.