All four of the team came together this week to start a conversation about a subject that is deeply associated with school life for so many, bullying. We're going to deal with this subject over a series of podcasts, and this week, we talk about the problem as it is. We relate some of our own experiences in younger life, and we share a story shared with us by one of our listeners of a profound experience of bullying that was sustained over some years. The over-riding conclusion in relation to this first episode is the understand that the victims of bullying experience immense isolation. They start to identify with the messages that the bullies impose upon them about themselves, and this has a powerful on their sense of self. Something that can have lifelong effects. We have attached some links to the show notes that outline some of the services available to people in New Zealand who need a helping hand. If you want to share some of your experiences with us and our audience, we are always pleased to hear from listeners - and you can fill out a form on the podcast webpage at
March 14, 2020
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If you need help, these agencies are available free to all New Zealanders

Need to Talk?

  • Need to talk? – Free call or text 1737
  • Lifeline – 0800 543 354 or (09) 5222 999 within Auckland
  • Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email or online chat
  • Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
  • What’s Up – 0800 942 8787 (for teenagers). Phone counselling is available Monday to Friday, 1pm–10pm and weekends, 3pm–10pm. Online chat is available 7pm–10pm daily.
  • Kidsline – 0800 54 37 54 (0800 KIDSLINE) for young people up to 18 years of age. Open 24/7.


  • Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757 or free text 4202 (to talk to a trained counsellor about how you are feeling or to ask any questions)
  • – Online e-therapy tool provided by the University of Auckland that helps young people learn skills to deal with feeling down, depressed or stressed.
  • – A website that helps young people understand depression and anxiety from their own perspective. Get in touch with a trained counsellor by free txt (5626).



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