Youth Mental Health Project

The Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project is rolling out programmes and activities in schools, via health and community services, and online to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people.

Budget 2019

Budget 2019 has a major focus on new mental health, wellbeing and addiction initiatives. To find out more see Budget 2019: Mental health, wellbeing and addiction initiatives.

Projects in action online

Common ground: for family, whānau and friends

A place for family, whānau and friends to help our young people enjoy positive mental health and wellbeing   Read more

... 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 brings together young people to co-create new social media projects to boost young people’s wellbeing. Read more

Visit Lifehack on Facebook, and read The Lifehack blog and read the latest news release from Lifehack.

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

Projects in action in schools

School-based health services case studies

School Based Health Services nurses deliver Year 9 HEEADSSS (Home, Education/Employment, Eating, Activities, Drugs and Alcohol, Sexuality, Suicide and Depression, Safety) assessments and a range of health services to students in low decile secondary schools.

Nurses from around New Zealand have shared their stories of quality improvement initiatives in School Based Health Services.  These case studies provide ideas for nurses, schools, district health boards and others to improve students’ health.Read more

Youth mentor making a difference to students’ school experience

Behind the smile of a 15-year-old Hastings Girls’ High School student lies a young woman dealing with distress, grief and domestic upheaval. She finds it hard to concentrate on her school work, but every Friday she meets with her Check and Connect mentor, and it’s one of her favourite times of the week. Read more

‘It’s about making a difference in a girl’s life. When you think about quality time, this is it, and that can make a huge impact.’

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

‘PB4L has brought real clarity and cohesiveness’

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

Projects in action in the community

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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