Seeking Professional Help
Being responsible for an accidental death is one of life’s most difficult traumas to experience. Below is a list of support available in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Healthy food, good sleep, social connection, being in nature and exercise will all contribute to your wellbeing at this difficult time, however many people who experience the trauma of causing an accidental death need and benefit from getting professional help.
The people supporting their loved ones on this journey may also benefit from professional support.
It can be really difficult knowing what type of therapy will be the most suitable and it is a good idea to ask people in your community for recommendations. The relationship and connection developed with a therapist is important as the relationship can go on for many months.
The Mental Health Foundation have provided this resource to help you find the right therapist. While Profound Impacts does not specifically endorse Lucid Psychotherapy, this link on their site provides an explanation of the differences between psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists and counsellors.
Consumer NZ have provided a comprehensive article Counselling Services - How to Find a Therapist which may support you finding an appropriate therapist.
Your doctor should be able to make recommendations for you. You can ask your doctor about access to free BIC (brief intervention counselling) counselling services. This service provides 5-6 sessions free of charge. Different locations within Aotearoa New Zealand offer this service in slightly different ways. To find out what your area offers internet search 'Brief Intervention Counselling Services in (your location)'.
Healthify He Puna Waiora have developed this site Mental Health Services for Young People.
Gumboot Friday is an initiative run by Key to Life Charitable Trust that relies on public donations to provide funding for two free sessions of therapy for young people 25 years old and under. You can choose one of the therapists who have registered with Gumboot Friday or ask another therapist, of your choice, to contact Gumboot Friday to arrange funding on your behalf.
ACC funding is available for therapy after a physical injury. If you have experienced a physical injury you may be able to access funding for therapy from ACC as part of your rehabilitation plan. Contact ACC directly to inquire about this. Phone 0800 101 996 or visit the ACC website to find out more. Please note that ACC only cover therapy relating to physical injury in almost all circumstances. The mental trauma related to someone being responsible for causing the death of another person is not, at the time of writing (2023), covered by ACC.
Road Traffic Accident Trauma Charitable Trust offer counselling services through partnership with the Canterbury Charity Hospital Charitable Trust who are able to support those affected within the Canterbury Region.
Manaaki Tāngata Victim Support may be able to put you in touch with local organisations that offer free counselling in your region.
Group therapy can be a useful tool for healing from trauma. Check out this NZAP/Waka Oranga to find a group run by a professional psychotherapist near you.
A Disability Allowance through Work and Income may help pay for counselling required.
The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand is a charity that works towards creating a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health & wellbeing. Here you can find information about accessing professional support.
If you don’t know who to turn to, put in a self referral to Right Service Right Time. This service is designed to look at your specific case and put you in touch with the organisations that would be most appropriate.
If you are worried about your own or someone else’s mental health, the best place to get help is your doctor or a local mental health provider. However if you feel the need to talk to someone right now:
Lifeline : 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)
Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508TAUTOKO) (Available 24/7)
Youthline: 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or online chat
Need to Talk?: Free call or text 1737 (Available 24/7)
Kidsline: 0800 543 754 (Available 24/7)
Whatsup: 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)
Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757
Samaritans: 0800 726 666
Profound Impacts does not recommend any of the above services specifically. Profound Impacts does not have the expertise to make any recommendations and encourages individuals to make their own independent research and choices.