The Waikato DHB recognises that anyone who was close to a person that died as a result of suicide, will experience severe distress. Whilst the grieving process is a natural progression, often people need extra help to cope with this type of trauma through counselling or a bereavement support group. In occasional situations, when the bereaved is experiencing an affective disorder as a result of the death, psychological services may be more suitable.
The Waikato DHB has limited funding available for counselling or psychological services. This process is being piloted as from October 2016. These services are available for immediate family members who are bereaved as a result of suicide and who are not eligible to access this support through the established primary mental health service offered by general practitioners (GPs).
All referrals for counselling or psycological services must be made through a GP. If the bereaved person is not enrolled with a GP, that person will need to register in order to have access to the funded counselling.
Please fax the referral form to the Waikato DHB suicide prevention and postvention coordinator on 07 858 0974.
NOTE: This is the version for primary care referrals. It asks if the person is eligible for funding through primary mental health - using either the primary mental health services contract or the services to improve access fund. If those options are not available to patients, then this fund is - it is to ensure those people who do not have access to any other source of funded grief support service can get support too.
*The person's preference, for example where the service will be provided; if the person would prefer male or female service provider; particular ethnicity; particular language. We try and find the best fit based on the information available.