Northern Region NZ

Welcome to Choice and Medication for the Northern Regions New Zealand



This is a great place to find easy to read information on medication used in mental health and addictions. The leaflets have been written by staff who work in mental health with the help of people who have lived experience. The leaflets have not been written by drug companies. The leaflets answer the most common questions people ask about medication. You can read them on your computer. You can also print the leaflets.  Click on the “Printable Leaflets” link at the top of the page.
Access to this website is provided by the DHBs of the northern region: Auckland, Counties-Manukau, Northland and Waitemata. Access is only for people in these areas.

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Getting Help:
Looking at this website is not the same as seeing your doctor. Please see your doctor if you feel unwell. Please speak to your doctor, pharmacist or keyworker if you have one when:
* You feel you need extra support with your mental health or addiction
* You have ANY worries about medications you are taking, or
* You want to find out more about something you read on this website

For urgent help or advice:
* If this is an emergency and you feel you or someone else is at risk of harm - phone 111
* For 24 hour help if you are dealing with a crisis phone your local Mental health helpline. See:
* If you need to talk to someone, Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.

Auckland District Health Board              

Phone the Mental Health Services 24 Crisis Helpline on 0800 800 717

Counties Manukau District Health Board           

For urgent support contact our after-hours phone line on 0800 775 222, or phone (09) 261 3700 at any time

Adult Community Mental Health Services

For urgent after-hours support, please phone 0800 775 222, or 09 261 3700

Taunaki & Te Puawaitanga (Child and Adolescent Mental Health)

For urgent after-hours support please contact 0800 775 222, or phone (09) 265 4000 at any time

Koropiko (Mental Health Services for Older People)

For urgent after-hours support please contact 0800 775 222, or phone (09) 270 9797 at any time.

Northland District Health Board

Mental Health Crisis Line 0800 22 33 71 (After Hours – 4.30pm to 8am)

During working hours, please contact specific community mental health teams via the following hospital switchboards:

Whangarei Hospital
Ph: +64 9 430 4100

Kaitaia Hospital
Ph: +64 9 408 9180

Dargaville Hospital
Ph: +64 9 439 3330

Bay of Islands Hospital
Ph: +64 9 404 0280

Waitemata District Health Board


Waitemata DHB Mental Health and Addictions Service

 Adult Mental Health Services

North Shore Phone (09) 487 1414 

West Auckland Phone (09) 822 8501 

Rodney Phone (09) 427 0360

After hours (Crisis) phone (09) 486 8900 (ask for the mental health crisis team) 

Mental Health Services Older Adults (MHSOA)

North and Rodney teams (09) 486 8920 ext 42805

West and STaR teams (09) 837 9100

Community Alcohol and Drug Services (CADS)

Contact number: 0274 326 709