About First Steps


Working together to provide health & wellbeing support to business owners and leader

The last couple of years has been extremely difficult for business leaders and owners of Auckland. The pressure of supporting a team throughout difficult times often becoming overwhelming, stressful and having

significant side effects on our health. First Steps is here to relieve some of the pressure building upon your shoulders. Tailor-made to meet the needs of business leaders & owners. Confidential and free to access.


Health & Wellbeing Support

First Steps is part of the Activate Tāmaki Makaurau program, providing access to health and wellbeing support tailored to the many business owners across Tāmaki Makaurau that are feeling overwhelmed, isolated, and under pressure from the mental and emotional impact of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

Covid and lockdowns have brought economic stress for many companies, big and small. But the mental distress for their owners and leaders is also enormous. Covid has created uncertainty, loss of control, change, fear and grief to many business owners and leaders.

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment and the Ministry of Health, alongside the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and the Employers and Manufacturers Association, have worked together to co-design health and wellbeing support for business owners and leaders across Tāmaki Makaurau.

At First Steps we understand that there is no one size fits all, which is why the site is made up of a range of different tools to cater to a range of resources for health and wellbeing.


Balancing our lives in an unbalanced world

All business owners, leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs feel this pressure from time to time, often we build a wall between ourselves and the pressure point, and taking down that wall can feel overwhelming or impossible.

First Steps will provide you with interviews, opinions, webinars, links to resources, and contacts for service providers to assist you in your health and wellbeing journey.

You will be invited to call us or email us – the choice is yours – what we aim to do is help.

First Steps Resource Centre

View Resources

Our resources will provide access to self-directed learning, and a curated collection of targeted resources for business owners, leaders, and entrepreneurs.


Our Content Library

Designed to help you grow - personally & professionally - whether you want to learn more about stress, resilience, communication, or more - there's something for everyone & we're constantly adding new items.


Take Our Assessment

Use this pre-assessment tool to get an understanding of how you are feeling currently and find out what support you might need to help you with your health and wellbeing.

Find A Provider

Become a First Steps Wellbeing Professional

If you want to support business owners with their mental health journey, whether it’s through resources, professional advice or therapy, we welcome your registration of interest below. We are keen to hear from passionate specialists who put importance on the well-being of our business owners and leaders.

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Find a Wellbeing Provider

Our wellbeing professionals can offer training, consultations, and more. We understand the environment in which most businesses are currently operating, and we have the people to lend a helping hand.


Do you need help now?

If you or someone you know requires immediate assistance please use the helplines we've listed below - they are FREE and AVAILABLE now.

Free To Call or Text


Free To Call

CALL 0800 611 116

Free To Call

CALL 0800 543 354

Free To Call

CALL 0800 111 757

Free To Call

CALL 0800 787 797

Quick Links

Use our quick links below to easily navigate our First Steps website.

Our Partners

First Steps is grateful for the support of our partners, both for the work they do to promote the importance of support for health and wellbeing for business and the wider support they provide businesses. We encourage you to visit their websites.