Family/Whānau

Parents & Family / Mātua & Whānau

This page is for parents who experience mental health or addiction concerns and their family and whānau members.  It contains information and resources to help you support your child/ren and to talk with them about what is going on.

For information about common mental health and addiction problems visit the Mental Health Foundation website.

Below are the links to a range of resources that have been specially developed for parents who experience mental health or addiction problems.

  • Living Well
    Living Well is a resource for family, whānau and friends of people using alcohol and other drugs. It provides suggestions, strategies and ideas about how families, whānau and friends can look after themselves during difficult times.

 

  • The Best For Me and My Baby
    Managing mental health during pregnancy and early parenthood. Health professionals and parents working together. 

 

  • Family Talk
    Tips and information for families where a parent has a mental health problem or disorder.

 

  • Plan for Caring for Children
    This plan is for parents to record their wishes regarding supports for their child/ren should the parent need a period of time in a residential/rehabilitation/inpatient service in the future

 

 

This guide has been prepared for parents who experience mental health issues. It is intended to give you time to think about being a parent living with mental health issues and to help you find practical ways to strengthen the social and emotional wellbeing of your child and family or whānau.  Originally developed by Emerging Minds in Australia this guide has been adapted for New Zealand families and whānau.  

This is a new Matua Raḵi resource that was launched at Addiction Leadership Day in Christchurch. The resource (part of the Supporting Parents, Healthy Children programme of work) aims to support parents or carers to talk to their children/tamariki in an age-appropriate way about challenges that might be occurring in the family and whānau; and build healthy strong relationships with their children/tamariki.

This resource helps you to connect with your baby when you are experiencing mental health challenges so that they feel secure and nurtured.  It steps you through:

• Understanding your feelings and behaviours
• Understanding what your baby notices and experiences
• Communicating and connecting with your baby

 

This resource helps you to prepare for conversations about your mental health with your child so that they have a better understanding of what is happening. It steps you through:
• Understanding your feelings and behaviours
• Understanding what your child notices and experiences
• Preparing to talk with your child.

 

  • Fact Sheet – Talking with Teenagers about Mental Health Issues 
    This resource helps you to prepare for conversations about your mental health with your teenager so that they have a better understanding of what is happening. It steps you through:
    • Understanding your thoughts, feelings and behaviours
    • Understanding what your teenager notices and experiences
    • Preparing to talk to your teenager

All Factsheets originally developed by Emerging Minds in Australia this fact sheet has been adapted for New Zealand families and whānau.  

Further resources can be found at www.copmi.net.au