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
A place for family, whānau and friends to help our young people enjoy positive mental health and wellbeing Read more
Every single one of us is unique and we all have different challenges to overcome. Sometimes it can be good to share experiences, or learn from things that others have been through.
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.’
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
‘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
In this section
- The Youth Mental Health Project addresses concerns about mental health issues in adolescents, such as depression. Read more
- This section details the cross-agency initiatives for the Youth Mental Health Project. Read more
- Updates, including events and media releases about the Youth Mental Health Project. Read more