There are various support services available for parents of children with epilepsy and their families.
- Epilepsy New Zealand has a range of support groups, information sessions, training courses, and events that may be beneficial.
- There are also many support groups around the country run by Parent 2 Parent for parents of children with complex needs/disabilities. Please get in touch with the regional offfice to see if these groups will be right for you.
- You may find an online support groups beneficial. There are many private groups available. One private page is called Epilepsy Support New Zealand, This is a generic epilepsy support group and is not specifically designed just for parents and families.
For parents/carers, it can be really useful to meet and talk with others in a similar situation. Often other parents can relate to how you feel and provide insights into what you have experienced or what may potentially lay ahead. Throughout the year, we have access to low cost or free events that provide parents/carers/families with opportunities to have a day out and connect with others. If you would like to know more or go on an email list contact us on 0800 374537
Click here for stories from parents of children living with epilepsy.
Further support and Information
Kidshealth -support around epilepsy-videos, advice
Healthed -many resources on health related issues
Tough Love NZ – support for parents of kids with extreme behaviour issues
Parents Inc – offers programmes and resources for NZ parents
Community and Family Services Directory for locating family support near you
Parent2Parent NZ – offering support and networking for parents across NZ whose children face disability or health issues, as well as sibling support
Not My Kid – for parents about a variety of mental health issues in kids and teens