Being diagnosed with epilepsy can be an emotional time. Learning that you, your child or someone you care for are living with epilepsy means that there will be lots of information to take in. You might feel overwhelmed, concerned, sad, and even angry. All of this is normal.

Epilepsy New Zealand aims to empower and support people of any age diagnosed with epilepsy, by providing support, guidance, information and connection to peer support. To learn more about how we can assist you, contact our Information Line during office 0800 374537 

If you are struggling and feel that you could benefit from additional professional support, speak to your neurologist or GP about referral to a psychologist.

You may feel the need to speak to an external crisis counselling and support service such as:

  • 1737 Free call or text any time for support from a trained counsellor
  • Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP).
  • Healthline – 0800 611 116
  • Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757 or free text 4202 (to talk to a trained counsellor about how you are feeling or to ask any questions).
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