Youth Mental Health Project resources and reports

Guidelines for supporting young people with stress, anxiety and/or depression

This online resource, prepared by the Ministry of Social Development, aims to help friends, whānau and family members support young people when they need help to address mild to moderate mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and mild depression.

Go to the Ministry of Social Development to download the guidelines.

SPARX resources and evaluation

SPARX e-therapy resources – contains materials for parents, families, whānau, and health professionals.

View the SPARX evaluation report.

Youth Mental Health publication thumbnail. Developing youth-friendly resources

New guidelines have been developed by Youthline in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development to help agencies develop youth-friendly mental health resources.

Go to the Ministry of Youth Development website to download the guidelines.

Education Review Office (ERO) review of wellbeing and engagement in school

Wellbeing for Success: A resource for schools

Wellbeing for Success: A resource for schools has information to help schools evaluate and improve children and young people’s wellbeing. It highlights the importance of schools promoting the wellbeing of all learners, as well as the need for systems, people and initiatives to respond to wellbeing concerns for students who need additional support.

This resource replaces ERO’s previous Wellbeing for Success Draft Evaluation Indicators and complements the School Evaluation Indicators published in May 2015.

Wellbeing for Success: Effective practice

Wellbeing for Success: Effective practice builds on the stories ERO told in its 2015 reports on wellbeing in primary and secondary schools (see below). It gives leaders, teachers and trustees further examples of what works and why.

Other ERO reports to support wellbeing in schools

ERO completed a national evaluation in 2013 of the current provision of guidance and counselling in schools – Improving Guidance and Counselling for Students in Secondary Schools.

In 2015, ERO published findings from evaluations of how well 68 secondary schools and 159 primary schools promoted and responded to student wellbeing: Wellbeing for Young People’s Success at Secondary School and Wellbeing for Children’s Success at Primary School.

Positive behaviour for learning

PB4L School-Wide evaluation

This report summarises the findings from the final phase of an evaluation of Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) School-Wide. It describes the extent of implementation of School-Wide in schools, identifies short-term shifts and considers the longer term sustainability of the initiative.

View the full report on the Ministry of Education's Education Counts website.

Outcomes from the Check and Connect trials in New Zealand

This evaluation describes outcomes from the trial of the Check and Connect programme. This programme aims to counter secondary student disengagement with school before it results in dropping out of school, or leaving without qualifications.

View the full report on the Ministry of Education’s Education Counts website: Outcomes from the Check and Connect trials in New Zealand.

My FRIENDS Youth final evaluation report

This evaluation report shows that the My FRIENDS Youth Resilience Programme aligns with government strategies, is consistent with the New Zealand Curriculum key competencies and the health and physical education curriculum, and can be effectively facilitated by teachers for all Year 9 students, including priority learners.

View the full report on the Ministry of Education’s Education Counts website: My FRIENDS Youth final evaluation report.

Evaluation of the Youth Primary Mental Health Service

As part of the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project to improve the mental health and well-being of young people, primary mental health services have now been extended to all young New Zealanders aged between 12 and 19. The expected outcomes of these services are to enable early identification of youth developing mental health and/or addiction issues and better access to timely and appropriate treatment and follow-up for those who need it.

View the Evaluation Report: The Youth Primary Mental Health Service.

Evaluation of the Youth Mental Health Project

Superu is leading a formal evaluation of the Youth Mental Health Project.

In May 2015, Superu released a research review and a formative evaluation.

View the formative evaluation report summary
View the research review
View the formative evaluation report

In December 2016, Superu released a summative evaluation report which provides a more extensive analysis of the 26 initiatives in the Youth Mental Health Project. The summative report, along with a cost-benefit analysis and a localities and national perspective evaluation are available from the Superu website.

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