Psychological/ Spiritual Care

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AYA patient

Below are a number of booklets and information sheets to support your mental and spiritual health. Please note that some of these are from other countries such as Australia so there will be some information that is not relevant to you. We are working on providing New Zealand specific resources. For more information or if you have any questions please contact your healthcare team or AYA Keyworker.

A number of mental health support websites and organisations are also listed underneath the resources. CanTeen also provides online counselling (check them out at CanTeen Connect)


Web Resources

Te whare tapa whā and wellbeing | https://www.healthnavigator.or…

Aunty Dee

An online wellbeing tool that helps people cope with stressful life experiences through support with problem solving.

Common Ground |

A good place for family and friends to learn about useful ways to support themselves and teenagers with mental health issues.

Create to Heal App

Application ‘Create To Heal’ – aims to provide stress relief for cancer patients and their families through music, art, inspirational messages and meditation

Headspace |

Meditation and mindfulness app

Lifeline |

Lifeline Aotearoa’s helpline and textline provides 24/7, confidential support from qualified counsellors and trained volunteers

Smiling Mind

Meditation and mindfulness app for young people

Sparx |

A fantasy game with skills young people can use to manage stress, anxiety and depression

The Lowdown

Local hospital support teams i.e. social workers, psychologists, psychiatrist chaplaincy, Kaiatawhai and The Pacific Support Team


Youth specific helpline, textline and webchat provides confidential support from qualified counsellors and trained volunteers