New Zealand has nearly half a million carers and two thirds of those have experienced depression at some point. Caring can be an isolating experience so it’s important to engage in social activities whenever possible whilst also finding time for yourself.
The New Zealand government recently agreed to pay some family carers, after courts ruled that it was discriminatory not to. The new policy can be read here.
Carers NZ is a national charity providing information and support for families with health and disability needs. They produce a quarterly magazine. Their website has a search facility to find support in your local area as well as other useful information and resources.
The Ministry for Social Development publishes a ‘Guide for Carers’ (pdf) providing information on Government help and support for carers. You can also call Work and Income on 0800 559 009 to get a copy.
The Ministry of Health offers respite services and carer support for anyone who is the full-time unpaid carer of a disabled person.
Work and Income provides a child disability allowance for the main carer of a child or young person with a serious disability.