Information

Parentline works with children who have been traumatised by abuse and domestic violence. They also provide advice and support to parents and caregivers and counselling for children who display challenging behaviour in the classroom and playground.
Plunket is New Zealand’s largest provider of support services for the development, health and wellbeing of children under 5. They also works with families and communicates to ensure the best start for every child.
This Australian website has useful resources for the public and professionals on providing psychological support following disasters.
A website created by an early intervention for psychosis service in Canada, but with heaps of useful information about psychosis. If you live in New Zealand and want to find out about support for people experiencing psychosis, there are a number of early intervention and other mental health services that are available. Try getting in touch with one of the helplines listed above, or look in the hospital section in the front of the phone book for mental health services who might be able to help.
This Australian website has useful information about parenting in general as well as some specific information about parenting a child with intellectual disability or autism.
Resources

How Can I Help My Child Booklet

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.  


Factsheet - Connecting with Your Baby When You Are Experiencing A Mental Health Issue

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

 

Fact Sheet – Communicating with Toddlers When You Are Experiencing A Mental Health Issues 

This resource will help you to connect with your toddler or young child when you are experiencing a mental health issue so they feel secure and nurtured. It steps you through:
• understanding your feelings and behaviours
• thinking about what your toddler or young child notices and experiences
• communicating with your toddler

 

Fact Sheet – Talking with Children about Mental Health Issues

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 noti ces 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.  


Family/Whānau Tool-kit

Developed by MidCentral DHB in partnership with Supporting Families in Mental Illness Manawatu

Family Whānau Talk

This booklet contains tips and information for families/whanau where a parent is affected by mental health and/or addiction.  It is one part of a tool-kit of resources developed by MidCentral DHB in partnership with Supporting Families in Mental Illness Manawatu.

 

Kids Plan

This plan is a useful resource that can be adapted and used to suit you and your family or whānau. It encourages thinking ahead, to be prepared in the event your mental illness (or any other major illness) may result in difficulties responding to all the needs of your children for a period of time. .  It is one part of a tool-kit of resources developed by MidCentral DHB in partnership with Supporting Families in Mental Illness Manawatu.

 

Family Whānau Care Plan

This plan helps everyone support the children, family and whānau of people who are parents and who also use mental health and/or addiction services.  The plan is about being prepared and talking through the wishes of everyone involved and also to ensure that the staff who are working with you know the people who are important to you.  It is one part of a tool-kit of resources developed by MidCentral DHB in partnership with Supporting Families in Mental Illness Manawatu. 


 

Think Parent Think Family Door Hanger

Developed originally by Kina Trust this door hanger is for use in mental health and addiction services to indicate a family/whānau meeting is in progress and to promote the message that this is a family /whānau focussed service.

 

Think Parent Think Family Poster

Developed originally by Kina Trust this poster is for use within in mental health and addiction services to promote the message that families/whānau are welcome and to encourage service users to talk about their children and their strengths and challenges as parents. 


Parenting through challenging times

This new Matua Raḵi resource 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.

 

 


Adult Mental Health Services COPMI Quick Card 
This is a guide to support you to think about the needs of your client’s children and the strengths and vulnerabilities of their family.

 

Community Checklist 
This check list is for staff and managers in community mental health and addictions services to help them assess how family/whānau friendly their service is.

 

Residential/Inpatient Checklist 
This check list is for staff and managers in residential and inpatient mental health and addictions services to help them assess how family/whānau friendly their service is.

 

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.

 

Talking with your Child about Mental Health or Addiction Issues 
This information sheet provides advice and suggestions for parents for talking with their child/ren about the parents mental health or addiction issue.

 

When Someone in your Family has a Mental Illness
This booklet is aimed at 8-12 year olds. It helps to give understanding and strategies to cope and ways to keep safe and ask for help.

 

The Getting Stronger Game
A resilience building game for young people (8-14 yrs) who are facing tough times.

 

Ruby’s Dad
This is a story for children aged 6-11 years whose parents or relative has a drinking problem. An honest, encouraging story to help children and families talk about alcohol and how it can affect family life. 

 

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.

 

Supporting parents with mental illness and or addiction and their children: A guideline for mental health and addiction services