We will be adding to this website over the next month and putting up more information about the mental health system in New Zealand. We will continue to add the background to our story also over the next month via the blog.


Blog 1

Missing Child

OMG, the madam did not return home from school today. Thankfully as I write this things have calmed down and the heart in your throat …

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Blog 2

Treatment and Crisis Plan

What the heck is a Treatment Plan? A what …..what? A Crisis Plan????? We were completely struck dumb when we were asked by our Health …

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Blog 3

Mum, I want to be normal

How does one help a child be normal? How do you make a child feel like they are not alone? That there are others out …

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Blog 4

Facebook Support Groups

This journey has many different ups and downs. There is sheer frustration, anger at the unfairness of everything Miss 13 is going through, hate, sadness, …

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Blog 5

Time for Transparency

The one thing that we have learnt having brought Diane on from Supporting families is that Lilly-Anne’s case lack transparency. Both Stephan and I act …

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Blog 6

Supporting Families

Finally, we have found someone who is actually here for us, as parents of a child with a mental illness. I feel such relief, feel …

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Blog 7

Wow, Library Books!!

This afternoon I was confronted with a Miss 13 that was looking pissy with me, but I could tell by her body language that this …

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Blog 8

The Joys of Family Counselling

In September 2018 we were getting so desperate. Things were not going well at home and we were really struggling with Miss 13’s behaviours. We …

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Blog 9

What is CAF South?

What is CAF South I hear you ask, and before we joined their services we too would have asked the same question? Child, Adolescent and …

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If you're not comfortable within yourself, you can't be comfortable with others.


"Your self-worth is determined by you. You don't have to depend on someone telling you who you are."

S.D. Buffington

Trust yourself. There is no one else on earth that is better suited to determining your ideal and making it happen than you.    

James Allen

You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.  

Oprah Winfrey

Turn your wounds into wisdom.

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