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Having Suicidal Thoughts

SuicidalThoughtsInformation for family, whanau, friends, and support networks.

Mood Disorders: Information for Family and Friends

Mood disorders affect the whole family, not just someone who is experiencing a mental illness. However, friends and families are often left in the dark, struggling to cope and not knowing how they can help.

Someone You Care About has a Mood Disorder is a helpful booklet written especially for family and friends. It was commissioned by Balance NZ – Bipolar and Depression Network and Bipolar Support Canterbury.

Supporting Someone Who Has Depression?

FingerFamilyCaring for a family or whanau member who has depression can be very hard - and it is important to keep yourself well, especially if you are supporting someone who has severe depression. 

It’s important to find ways of getting time out for yourself and to feel okay about this.

It’s not uncommon for a carer to experience anger, guilt or fear.

How Carers NZ can help

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