Youth Mental Health Project

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

The Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project was launched in 2012 (see Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project media release) as a four-year phased package of 22 initiatives, which has since expanded.

The current 26 initiatives are focused on 12- to 19-year-olds and aim to help prevent the development of mental health issues and improve young people’s access to services if concerns are identified. The project seeks to reach young people in the key settings of families and communities, schools, health services and online.


Project initiatives in action

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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