New Zealand

Depression and Anxiety Recovery Programme (DARP)

Mental health plays a vital role in our overall health and wellbeing, it impacts the way we think, how we feel and what we do. Having the right tools and support during a difficult time can make a huge difference in improving overall mental health.

DARP was created to help people improve their mental health and to educate communities about making healthy and positive change. This programme provides mental health education in a comprehensive way that deals with the core issues that cause and are associated with depression and anxiety.

DARP is run in partnership with Adventist Health Ministries throughout different Adventist churches in New Zealand.


After losing his job, the end of a relationship and living in a very negative environment, John*, 19, was in a vulnerable state. He felt upset, angry and depressed and was unsure how to move forward. While he considered counselling, the costs involved was a barrier that prevented John from seeking professional help.

John soon became involved with the Depression and Anxiety Recovery Programme (DARP) hosted by Dargaville SDA church. DARP offers a safe environment for anyone that needs support, the free course provides positive methods for dealing with both depression and anxiety and addresses the core issues that can trigger negative thoughts and beliefs.

Since finishing the programme, John now has a full time job, lives in a more positive environment and has a strong support network of friends.

“Instead of staring into the hole, I was able to lift my head up and look at the light – the hope of improvement.”
*Name has been changed to protect privacy

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