The Lowdown

The Lowdown is a New Zealand website which provides information for young people on how to recognise, understand and cope with symptoms of depression and anxiety. The Lowdown offers a webpage text service, and counsellors respond to texts to 5626 and emails 24 hours a day/7days a week. (


These articles on depression are from the Hey Sigmund website


Understanding the reasons why we can feel anxious, and also what happens in our brain and body with these feelings is really helpful. These articles, also from Hey Sigmund, provide really helpful ideas for developing new ways of coping:

Online fantasy game SPARX

SPARX is an online fantasy computer game developed by the University of Auckland to help young people deal with mild to moderate depression and anxiety.

Breathe App

The Breathe app is free and helpful for helping to calm the body and mind.