Positive changes to mental health

Ashburton Community Alcohol and Drug Service (ACADS) works with young people experiencing anxiety or low mood.

Our friendly staff are totally non-judgemental and are here to help you.

We know how scary it can be when you’re experiencing feelings you may not understand, so we work alongside you to come up with practical steps to make positive changes to your mental health and wellbeing. We will work with you on figuring out what may be making you worried and how to respond to it. We can also give you information and resources to use at home.

The Youth Mental Health service will let you take the lead and focus on the goals you want to achieve.

At any stage, you are welcome to bring a support person with you, such as a mate or a family member, if they would help you feel more comfortable.

To use our free and confidential service, you can simply make an appointment or you can be referred by your school, doctor or family.

Useful apps to help with anxiety and low moods:

Headspace Your guide to health and happiness

A personal guide to heath and happiness, right in your pocket. Train your mind through meditation for a healthier, happier life.

Mindshift Expert tools and resources to help manage anxiety

MindShift™  uses scientifically proven strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety.

Calm Sleep more. Stress less. Live better.

Calm is a leading app for sleep, meditation and relaxation. Experience adventures in mindfulness, the power of a good night's sleep, and cultivating a healthier and happier life.


Do you need support or advice around alcohol and other drugs? A referral to ACADS could help.