Youth Mental Health Project

The Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project is working to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people.

Project initiatives in action

SPARX: a free online tool for young people

SPARX is a self-help e-therapy tool that teaches young people the key skills needed to help combat depression and anxiety. Read more

SPARX uses proven cognitive behavioural therapy techniques in a youth-friendly game format.

Lifehack: a youth approach to wellbeing

The way young people interact and share information has changed dramatically over the last few years with the growth of social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Lifehack is a project to bring together young people to co-create new social media projects to boost young people’s wellbeing. Read more

‘It starts turning problems that people see in the society around them into opportunities to do something about it.’

School-based health services making a difference

Teenage boys can be tight-lipped and keep their feelings and emotions to themselves. Tairawhiti District Health public health nurse Sarah Brown uses a little humour to encourage them to open up during health and wellbeing assessments as part of School Based Health Services (SBHS). Read more

‘We can see what is going on for someone and help them out before a little issue becomes a big issue.’

Photo of a woman and a young teenager in school uniform.

PB4L School-Wide in secondary schools

The whole school community at Porirua College has been involved in creating a more successful learning environment after taking up the Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) School-Wide approach. Read more

Photo of Porirua College principal Susanne and head girl Olouta, credited to Fairfax Media.

‘PB4L has brought real clarity and cohesiveness’

Training in youth mental health

‘… the excellent facilitation and personal experiences shared made the course “real”.’

MH101 is a one-day-workshop training programme designed to increase participants’ confidence in recognising and responding to people who are experiencing mental health issues or distress. Read more

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