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Mental Health

The Research we undertook in 2009 revealed that psychological or behavioural problems were most common where child abuse (69%), neglect (66%), domestic violence (64%), abandonment (62%) or mental illness (61%) were the reasons why the children came into grandparent care.

Of the families surveyed, 52% of the children in grandparent care also suffered from psychological disabilities or behavioural problems.

It also showed that 34% of children with physical difficulties also had psychological disabilities or mental health problems due to causes that varied widely from autism, ADHD, ADD through to dyslexia, dispraxia or conduct and attachment disorders.

For many grandparents among the greatest difficulties is getting a proper diagnosis and accessing therapy and help for their grandchild. 

The following links provide helpful information for grandparent caregivers dealing with mental health issues with their grandchildren.

grg koro for bullets-406-725     The Mental Health Foundation

The MHF website provides an excellent online resource for caregivers looking for help with their grandchild including an A to Z of mental health conditions.

grg koro for bullets-406-725     The Werry Centre

The Werry Centre is a national centre for infant, child and adolescent mental health situated within the Department of Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland. 

They have a Map of Services with drop down options for your region and the type of service or disorder to help you find an appropriate service in your area.


About us 

Grandparents Raising GrandchildrenTM Trust NZ (GRG) is a registered Charitable Trust operating throughout New Zealand providing support services to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren on a full-time basis. Our vision is for a community where grandparents raising grandchildren are empowered to provide a safe, secure and nurturing home for their grandchildren.

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Te tautoko i nga tupuna, mokopuna me te whanau.
Te awhina ia ratou ki te whakatutuki i nga putanga
pai i roto i to raatau oranga.
Supporting grandparents, grandchildren and whanau
to achieve positive outcomes in their lives.  



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Member Support 
Outside Auckland Freephone
0800 472 637      

Auckland Landline or Mobile Phone Callers
(09) 418 3753 

National Support Office
9:00am - 2:00pm
09 418 3753

PO Box 34-892
Auckland 0746
New Zealand

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