Low Mood

Low Mood

A low mood is a very common occurrence for almost everyone at some point or another. Some suffer from low moods more than others, the cause of this can be a range of different things such as; environment, sleep, diet, relationships, workload, grief, low self esteem, general mental health issues and many other things that may be causing you to suffer.
Without help from a friend or family member that you feel safe talking to or a professional figure that you can gain help from, sometimes your low mood can spiral into a deeper issue.

How can a ongoing low mood start?
Stress from day to day life or from an incident that has left you in a stressed state can become overwhelming and affect our ability to cope. This can sometimes lead to depression as a result of stress.

How can I help myself and how do I know when I need help?
Helping your situation can mean a number of things depending on what your problems are and what’s bringing your mood down. It can be useful to talk to people you are close with because support from people who love you and understand you can help. If you feel you need expert advice, talking to a professional e.g a James Hargest Guidance Counselor can allow you to off load feelings and enable you to build strategies for not only dealing with a low mood but figuring out how you can stop these low moods from creeping in. Knowing when a low mood turns into something more serious eg Depression can be hard for some people, look out for things like; feeling helpless/ hopeless in your situation, loss of interest or motivation in day to day activities that you used to enjoy, drastic appetite or weight changes, anger and irritability, loss of energy and reckless behaviour. It is best to talk to a professional about this as these symptoms can vary.

James Hargest guidance team encourage you to seek their help if you feel you need to seek professional help.


Apps to help with low mood:

  • Stoic
  • Mindshift


Lifeline – 0800 543 354 

Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

Healthline – 0800 611 116

Samaritans – 0800 726 666 

Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757 or free text 4202 (to talk to a trained counsellor about how you are feeling or to ask any questions)

www.depression.org.nz – includes The Journal online help service

SPARX.org.nz –  online e-therapy tool provided by the University of Auckland that helps young people learn skills to deal with feeling down, depressed or stressed

Alcohol and Drug Helpline – 0800 787 797 or online chat

​Are You OK – 0800 456 450  family violence helpline

Gambling Helpline – 0800 654 655

Anxiety phone line – 0800 269 4389 (0800 ANXIETY) 

0508MUSICHELP – The Wellbeing Service is a 24/7 online, on the phone and in-person counselling service fully funded by the NZ Music Foundation and provided free of charge to those in the Kiwi music community who can't access the help they need due to hardship and other circumstances. Call 0508 MUSICHELP

Shine –  0508 744 633 confidential domestic abuse helpline

Quit Line – 0800 778 778 smoking cessation help

OUTLine NZ – 0800 688 5463 (OUTLINE) provides confidential telephone support on sexuality and gender issues

Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz or online chat

thelowdown.co.nz – or email team@thelowdown.co.nz or free text 5626 

What's Up – 0800 942 8787 (for 5–18 year olds). Phone counselling is available Monday to Friday, midday–11pm and weekends, 3pm–11pm. Online chat is available 7pm–10pm daily.

Kidsline – 0800 54 37 54 (0800 kidsline) for young people up to 18 years of age. Open 24/7.

Commonground – a website hub providing parents, family, whānau and friends with access to information, tools and support to help a young person who is struggling.

Parent Help – 0800 568 856 for parents/whānau seeking support, advice and practical strategies on all parenting concerns. Anonymous, non-judgemental and confidential.

Family Services 211 Helpline –  0800 211 211 for help finding (and direct transfer to) community based health and social support services in your area.

Skylight – 0800 299 100 for support through trauma, loss and grief; 9am–5pm weekdays.

Supporting Families In Mental Illness –  For families and whānau supporting a loved one who has a mental illness. Auckland 0800 732 825. Other regions' contact details are listed here.

Shakti Crisis Line – 0800 742 584 (for migrant or refugee women living with family violence

Rape Crisis – 0800 883 300 (for support after rape or sexual assault)

Vagus Line – 0800 56 76 666 (Mon, Wed, Fri 12 noon – 2pm). Promote family harmony among Chinese, enhance parenting skills, decrease conflict among family members (couple, parent-child, in-laws) and stop family violence

Women's Refuge Crisisline – 0800 733 843 (0800 REFUGE) (for women living with violence, or in fear, in their relationship or family)