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Sometimes, having someone to talk to can make a huge difference. We would love to know how you’re going and if there is anything we can support you.

The National Foundation for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing has ten member organisations, each with a different focus. All are committed to promoting hearing health and helping those with hearing loss.

Talk to a

Counsellor​

The following support services are available and free to access.

  • Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.

  • Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP).

  • Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234, email talk@youthline.co.nz or online chat.

  • Samaritans – 0800 726 666.

Connect with our

Organisation Members

Need to talk to

someone?

NFDHH works hard to connect people who are Deaf or hard of hearing by sharing their stories and diverse experiences with hearing loss and by building a supportive community.

Be Connected

Be Open

In a world where being different can be uncomfortable, bringing attention to your hearing loss can be a difficult thing to do.
However, often when we are more accepting of who we are and ask for what we need - we are much more likely to receive it.
Letting go of fears of being judged by others can be tricky, but being open about your hearing loss can feel like a huge weight has been lifted from your shoulders.

Check out our online community here:

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Madeleine's Story

Madeleine Uaine has lived with moderate to severe hearing loss since she was born.

Music Is Universal

DJ Nico DiMarco is vocal and proud about his Deaf identity, and passionate about music.

Lily McManus Discusses Her Hearing Loss

A lack of representation of young people living with hearing loss in the media and the stigma that surrounded hearing loss all had an impact on during her younger years.

The Mental Health Foundation also has some practical tips on how to look after your wellbeing.

The Health Promotion Agency has also created this useful resource to help New Zealanders who are Deaf or hard of hearing recognise and understand depression and anxiety.

Useful Wellbeing Resources

Be Well

Address: Level 2, 11 York Street, Parnell

PO Box 37729 Parnell, Auckland 1151, New Zealand

Phone: 09 307 2922 or 0800 867 446 

Email: enquiries@nfd.org.nz

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