Ask us about our families and whānau
- Ask if we have kids, in a genuine, conversational way. Remember to ask men about their families too.
Share knowledge of positive activities and supports out there
- Link us in with services and supports for parents in our local community.
Support us to talk with our children about what’s going on
- Help us find the language and resources to explain to our children what we’re going through in a way that feels right for us, and will provide the information our kids need.
Help us look after the practicalities
- If we’re admitted to hospital, residential treatment or respite, find out where our kids are and if they’re okay.
Make it safe for us to talk about our children
- Understand that we’re likely to be feeling guilty for not being perfect parents. Understand our anxiety about losing care of our kids; let us know that you’re there to support us and will be up front about any concerns.