A new free phone or text number – 1737 – has been launched to make it easier for people to connect with mental health and addiction professionals in the National Telehealth Service.

The single number connects people with the same health professionals who currently respond to calls, texts, webchat and emails across the existing depression, gambling and alcohol drug helplines available through the National Telehealth Service. The current helplines also remain available.

The National Telehealth Service launched on 1 November 2015 to bring together a range of health-funded helplines on one platform including: Healthline, Quitline, immunisation and poisons advice to the public, the Depression helpline and other mental health and addiction lines.

Source: Ministry of Health

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