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Youth Mental Health Project - Update

16 Sep 2015 8:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Youth Mental Health Project - Update

The Youth Mental Health Project is implementing 26 initiatives designed to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people. The project, aimed at 12- to 19-year-olds, is provided through families and communities, schools, health services and is also online.

This update includes some of the health services which may help health professionals assist young people.

Kiwis Craving Advice to Support Troubled Young People

Common Ground, a dedicated website for those helping troubled young people is part of the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project and developed with collaboration from the Mental Health Foundation, Youthline, Skylight, Innovate Change and Curative.

Dr Theresa Fleming, University of Auckland Psychological Medicine senior lecturer and youth mental health advocate, said the new research showed that communities really want to help.

“Mental health is not just up to the experts. If family, friends and communities reach out, then no-one needs to struggle alone. This research highlights that Kiwis do care, and with a little info and support all of us can make a difference.”

  • Community upskilling essential say experts and three quarters of Kiwis
  • 8 in 10 said information, tools and tips make a difference in ability to help
  • Common Ground website NZ’s only resource dedicated to informal supporters

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