Youth Mental Health

By Ms Adele Quinn | Posted: Thursday August 24, 2017

the following information has been shared with us by the Ministry of Education

With the recent media attention on youth mental health it has again highlighted for us the impact of social media on children and young people’s mental health.

Mental Health Foundation provides a range of consumer-oriented resources on suicide prevention and broader mental health issues.

An online resource for family, whānau and friends to help our young people enjoy positive mental health and wellbeing: Common Ground for young people, whānau and friends.

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

A Suicide Prevention Toolkit for District Health Boards has been developed to support their role in suicide prevention.

A range of telephone helplines are available to provide support, information and help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email [email protected] (for young people, and their parents, whānau and friends).
  • What's Up – 0800 942 8787 (for 5–18 year olds; 1 pm to 11 pm).
  • Kidsline – 0800 54 37 54 (0800 KIDSLINE) (for children up to 14 years of age; 4 pm to 6 pm weekdays).
  • The Lowdown – visit the website, email [email protected] or free text 5626 (emails and text messages will be responded to between 12 noon and 12 midnight).

SPARX – an online self-help tool that teaches young people the key skills needed to help combat depression and anxiety.

For more information from the Ministry go to Suicide prevention to find out what the Ministry and health sector are doing to help prevent suicide in New Zealand.