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The purpose of this website is to provide a place to find resources for anxiety, depression, sleep and grief.
It brings together resources from experts in their field.


Here are a few excerpts from various sites, clicking the buttons below will give you the full article.

This is not an exhaustive list of resources, but these are ones that are local and reflect our society and community.


Feeling down when something upsetting or stressful happens, like a relationship break-up, or losing a job, is pretty normal, and usually the feelings fade over time and you get on with life. But if it’s depression the feelings don’t go away, even when things improve. 

Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life, whether it’s a job interview, meeting a partner’s whānau for the first time, or if you’re about to have a baby (pēpi). 

Some anxiety is helpful – it helps us react to stresses or potential threats, by quickening our reflexes and focusing our attention, and it usually settles once the stressful situation has passed. 

Anxiety is when those feelings don’t go away, they’re extreme for the situation, and you can’t seem to control them.  

There’s a close relationship between sleep and mental health. Living with a mental health problem can affect how well you sleep, and poor sleep can have a negative impact on your mental health.

Grief can be an extremely painful process. It’s something all of us have experienced, or will experience, in our lives. Losing someone or something you love is difficult.
You may experience all kinds of emotions and physical reactions to the stress you are under. You may feel you will never recover from the loss, and even feel you don’t know how you are going to carry on.

Mindfulness plays an important role in your mental & physical wellbeing as Associate Professor Craig Hassed from Monash University explains.
Mindfulness can play a role in helping to:

-Reduce the physical wear and tear on the body

-Increase your immune system

-Switch off excessive inflammation in the body

-Relieve cardiovascular stress

-Switch down cortisol and damage to your bones


Below are a few of the many places where you can find help.

About Me

My name is Phillipa Crequer and I am an occupational therapist who has over six years experience working in mental health. As an occupational therapist, my focus is on function and meaningful occupations. I work with people who have anxiety, depression and grief in their lives, giving them strategies in order to live life to the fullest.

I use acceptance commitment therapy (ACT) as my main theory for my practise but include sensory modulation, mindfulness, learning and behavioural theory.


Information on the ACT model:
ACT has developed as a behavioural intervention to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. ACT teaches people how to engage with and overcome painful thoughts and feelings through acceptance and mindfulness techniques, to develop self-compassion and flexibility, and to build life-enhancing patterns of behaviour. ACT is not about overcoming pain or fighting emotions; it’s about embracing life and feeling everything it has to off

Occupational Therapists working with Mental Health

Therapeutic activities/interventions utilised by nga kaiwhakaora ngangahau/occupational therapists may include (but are not limited to):
– Case management/care coordination/key working tasks
– Individual whakaora ngangahau/occupational therapy interventions, such as opportunities to trial participation in occupation in a range of environments; direct support with access to occupation; and sensory modulation
– Group work
– Psycho educational activities (such as stress, anxiety, and anger management, and relaxation techniques)
– Community living skills
– Life transitions and community reintegration (such as direct support of service users who are moving from supported health environments to community based settings)
– Talking therapies (for example, see
All of the therapeutic activities/interventions described above are situated in an occupation based practice context which utilises occupation to enable service user’s to gain skills, confidence and resources to engage in daily living and the communities of people who are identified as important to the service user.
This article is taken from the Occupational Therapists working Mental Health and Addictions position statement from


It is helpful to talk to a therapist to help work through issues/ problems and find a workable solution.
Appointments are available from Monday to Wednesday in Hamilton, and on Thursday in Huntly.

PHONE: 027 477 7490


Fees and Cancellation Policies:
24 hours notice is required for cancellation of an appointment. Failure to attend an appointment will incur a Did Not Attend Fee of $45.
Fully funded sessions are available by doing a referral through your GP. Normal cost per session is $115 inc. GST.