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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​​. 

  • 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)'.


  • Gumboot Friday is an initiative run by I Am Hope Foundation. This platform provides support for anyone aged 5-25 anywhere in New Zealand. To access simply visit and click on ‘find help'. Currently counsellor support is available within 6-10 days.​​


  • 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.



  • 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. This link is a resource which may help you find a therapist.


  • Waka Oranga is a professional association of Māori practitioners trained in psychotherapy working in Māori communities for the wellbeing of people. Read about their work here.



  • 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)


Need to Talk?: Free call or text 1737 (Available 24/7)

Alcohol Drug Helpline: 0800 787 797

Samaritans Aotearoa New Zealand - Offering confidential, non‑judgemental & non‑religious support.

If you are experiencing loneliness, depression, despair, distress or suicidal feelings, call 0800 72 66 66


Kidsline: 0800 543 754 (Available 24/7)


Whatsup: 0800 942 8787 (1pm to 11pm)


Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 or Text 4202

An extensive website with links to support. Also available here are on-line self tests to check how you are feeling. The site caters for race, gender, and people who are hearing impaired. They also have mindfulness tools available here.

Rural Support:  Call 0800 787 254 (0800 Rural Help)

Farm Strong: Farm Strong is a nation wide wellbeing program for the rural community.

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.


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