Glenda Schnell – Executive Director of Lifeline Aotearoa

DEPRESSION – 20% of the New Zealand population is currently struggling with a form of depression and up to 80% of New Zealanders will experience this at some stage throughout their lives. In this video we explore what depression is, common causes, symptoms, how to prevent depression and learn ways to manage it. Every individual experience with depression is unique but we’ll hear from Glenda to gain more knowledge, insights and understanding about this topic.


Depression can cause people to think a lot about death, dying, and sometimes cause them to want to die. If you are feeling like this it is important that you let someone know. This might be someone who is a friend or a family member but you could also ring the following numbers:

Lifeline 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)

Suicide Crisis Helpline  0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)

Healthline  0800 611 116

Depression Helpline  0800 111 757 or free text 4202

Youthline 0800 376 633 or free text 234

Glenda Schnell
About Glenda Schnell

Glenda has worked in a range of mental health and social services leadership and management roles before becoming Lifeline’s Executive Director in November 2016. A trained occupational therapist, Glenda has a Master of Health Science and has completed the Blueprint Executive Leadership Programme. Her 25 years’ experience includes being professional leader, funder and planner for Counties Manukau District Health Board, Youthline general manager and Ultimate Care Group regional manager.

Currently as Executive Director of Lifeline she helps run the organisation that operates a 24/7 Suicide Crisis Helpline 0508 TAUTOKO (828 865), provides counselling services and also have a suicide prevention education department, that run suicide intervention skills workshops for Schools, counsellors, and community groups.

LOCATION, Auckland, New Zealand