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On the Couch

 FIND SUpport 

The current challenges in returning to New Zealand can be really stressful, particularly for people living with mental health challenges and for their loved ones. If it is affecting you, you are not alone.


Facebook groups


We are all in this together. Many great Facebook groups have been set up to enable Kiwis to connect with others struggling to get home, and to share and obtain practical advice and emotional support. We recommend joining the Grounded Kiwis group, and any other groups relevant to your location or situation. 

Practical support

Many of the support groups above contain practical advice on how to try and secure an MIQ spot. Commonly referenced advice includes using subscribing to MIQ4u or the @miqdates Twitter alerts, so you are alerted when new spots are released.​ If you are interested in other tips, post in the groups above.

Get emergency help from an embassy in the case of death, arrest, illness or injury to a New Zealand citizen.


Mental health support


If you're worried about your or someone else's mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or local mental health provider. If you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, call emergency services. Support lines are also available, often 24/7, some of which are set out below. 


Aotearoa New Zealand






United Kingdom



United States



  • Ecoute -  01 45 39 40 00 (24/7)

  • SOS Helpline - 01 46 21 46 46 (for English-speakers - 15-23h)

Other countries


Find help lines and chat around the world with Befrienders 

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