Parents & Family / Mātua & Whānau

This page is for parents who experiences 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 especially developed for parents who experiences 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



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