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Category Archives: Youth

Word the Front Line gives Young People a Voice

Word the Front Line is a youth slam programme that sees young people at secondary schools across New Zealand competing for the title of slam champion. Mental health themes are popping up in many of the videos from this year’s heats and you can find them here on SAPC’s Youtube channel.

One of our favourites comes from “Emma” at Rangitoto College.

The efficacy of a text messaging intervention for anxiety and depression among young people

One of Engage Aotearoa’s recovery resources, the Small Victories challenge, was included in the pilot of a text-messaging programme for young people with depression and anxiety at Youthline. The results of the evaluation were published last year in the Children and Youth Services Review.

Abstract
Background: Depression and anxiety are among the most commonly experienced mental health issues faced by young people in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Considerable barriers exist that prevent young people from engaging with face-to-face mental health services. Young people’s preference for technology-based counselling mediums such as text messaging opens up new pathways for intervention. Objective: A pilot text message-based intervention package was trialed for use by young people to evaluate the potential efficacy of the text package as an intervention for depression and anxiety symptoms.
Method: The text package was piloted using a 10-week longitudinal cohort pilot with 21 young participants (12– 24 years) who demonstrated mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression symptoms.
Results: Participants’ post-package scores were significantly lower than their pre-package scores for both anxiety (Z = −2.83, p = .005, r = −0.65) and depression (Z = −2.49, p = .013, r = −.056). ‘Feeling encouraged and supported’ increased as a result of receiving support from a trained supporter (Z = −2.06, p = .039, r = −0.45), but not from friends/family (Z = −1.72, p = .130, r = −0.37). Anxiety and depression scores did not change as a result of support from either trained supporters or friends/family.
Conclusions: Findings support the potential efficacy of the text package, justify wider trials of the text package, and support the use of text message-based interventions as potentially effective therapies for young people.

Read the full-text article by David Anstiss and Amber Davies here.

Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People Seminar, Auckland

Featuring leading experts in the field, the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People Seminar provides practically relevant information and strategies that can be applied to support young people achieve their potential.

Targeted at mental health professionals, teachers, social/youth workers, parents and young people themselves, the seminar features topics such as body image and disordered eating, video-game addiction, adolescent brain development, supporting young people with a learning disability and many others.

Date/Time: Friday, 28th August, 9am-5pm
Location/Address: Bruce Mason Centre, Cnr Hurstmere Road and The Promenade, Takapuna Beach
Contact Generation Next: Ph: 09 363 9697, E: info@generationnext.co.nz
For Further Information:  www.generationnext.co.nz/

Have You Seen the Target Zero Documentary Yet? Watch Online

A very special documentary aired on Maori Television on the 15th of June. Target Zero highlights the need for suicide prevention strategies in NZ, Key to Life Charitable Trust‘s grassroots work across NZ, what gets people through and the solutions whanau and youth themselves are enacting in their schools and towns. IMG_0168

 

Engage Aotearoa would like to congratulate Mike King, Jo Methven, Tai Tupou and the rest of the Key to Life team on  the messages they have brought together in Target Zero. This is an inspiring example of what can come about when genuine people, with genuine passion, collaborate with their communities to fill community needs.

Watch Target Zero online here and share it on social media.

These are the kinds of ideas we need to be spreading.

Skylight Workshops

Skylight’s workshop, Talking About, ‘Online bullying and online issues with children and young people’ is on Thursday 4th June | 9.30am-12.30pm. The topics that will be discussed are: a quick look at security and scams, what children and young people are doing online, how we can help them be as safe as possible, some challenges they will need to manage. There will be plenty of chances to ask questions, discuss problems and look at some resources.

Skylight’s workshop, Talking About, ‘A therapeutic pathway into mindfulness for children’ is on Friday 10th July | 9.30am-5pm. This workshop will explore mindfulness relating to our own personal practice and then the practical applications to children and young people, both at an individual and class level; draw on John’s research; and share the learnings relating to emotional awareness and resilience, cognitive awareness and social skills with children. It will be relevant to teachers, social workers, counsellors and psychologists working with children.

To register, please complete the attached registration form.

If you have any questions, please email pd@skylight-trust.org.nz

Contact:
Julie Richards
Skylight | Professional Development Administrator
2A Green Street | Newtown | Wellington 6021 | New Zealand
PO Box 7309 | Newtown | Wellington 6242 | New Zealand
+64 (0)4 939 6767 | Tel 0800 299 100 | DD +64 (0)4 909 7395 | Fax +64 (0)4 939 4759
www.skylight.org.nz | www.travellers.org.nz

New Ministry of Health guidelines for COPMIA

The Ministry of Health will soon release the national COPMIA guideline, currently in draft.

This guideline will outline the responsibilities all mental health and addiction services have to the children of parents with mental illness and or addiction (COPMIA) and their families and whānau. For some, this is going to mean a big shift in the way that services operate. The guideline envisions a mental health and addiction sector that is inclusive of family and whānau, focusses on strengths, and promotes and protects the wellbeing and rights of children. It promotes early intervention in the lives of children to support resilience, offering evidenced based and culturally appropriate ways of working, and across sector partnerships to meet the needs of children and their families and whānau.

For more information click on this link to Te Pou.

Or contact Mark Smith at Te Pou
Phone number: 07 857 1278
Mobile number: 027 687 7127

Exclusive two hour role play workshop with the team from Mind Over Manner

This is a specialist workshop designed for parents, family, tutors and significant others who are in close association with those teenagers who think and learn differently.

There is a significant increase in the number of teens who suffer anxiety, who struggle to participate in large groups or to feel like they ‘belong’. This workshop will focus on cognitive and sensory processing differences and those who have high functioning aspergers (ASD). Using a skilled facilitator, hypothetical or real life scenarios are played out by experienced actors and then improved… shaped… altered using the input and suggestions from the audience. This will be an extremely valuable, entertaining and eye opening experience.

WHEN:  Tues April 21st  7.00 – 9.00 pm
WHERE: Pumphouse Theatre, Takapuna
HOW MUCH: $30 per head or part thereof (koha)
RSVP: to Sue Haldane ph 027 665 8084 (txt)
or sue@mindovermanner.co.nz

For more information please visit the website:
www.mindovermanner.co.nz

with thanks to
The Fledgling Trust
The Auckland Council

Express Yourself, De-Stress Yourself

creative workshops for 17-25 (ish) year olds, Term 2 2015

This group has had an awesome start to the year in a new location – the Campbell Free Kindergarten building in Victoria Park. They have created land art, learned to drum, and are now exploring mindful photography. Along the way thay’ve grown some great connections and had heaps of fun together.

For next term, the group has highlighted some areas they are keen to explore further – dance/circus, craft and sculpture – so that’s what they’re scheduling, with plenty of space for people to choose their own areas of interest.

Please help us spread the word about these workshops to any young people in this age range who you think may benefit from the course. Details are below and on the attached flier:

When: Mondays 1-3 pm, 20 April-29 June (no class Anzac Day or Queen’s Birthday)
Where: Campbell Free Kindergarten, 203-271 Victoria Street West, Victoria Park, Auckland CBD
Cost: FREE
To register or for more info: contact Monica on 022 161 2329, monica@toiora.org.nz

Skylight 2015 PD Workshop Series

Skylight is excited about the topics they are offering through the 2015 PD workshop series –and they hope you will be too!

Below is the flyer for the first workshop “Conflict in families” being run in their training room on March 11th from 9.30am-12.30pm.

Flyer: TA – Conflict in families

LOCATION: Skylight, 2A Green Street, Wellington
COST: $80.00 Includes morning tea and handouts
EMAIL: pd@skylight-trust.org.nz or phone 0800 299 100 or 04 939 6767 for all queries

To register, go to the online registration site and create a login, then book the workshop/s you are interested in attending.

 

Also, if you are willing to forward this information to your wider networks and/or put the flyer on a notice board or in a newsletter, it would be appreciated.

Contact: Julie Richards
Skylight | Professional Development
2A Green Street | Newtown | Wellington 6021 | New Zealand
PO Box 7309 | Newtown | Wellington 6242 | New Zealand
+64 (0)4 939 6767 | Tel 0800 299 100 | DD +64 (0)4 909 7395 | Fax +64 (0)4 939 4759
www.skylight.org.nz | www.travellers.org.nz

Mind Over Manner Workshop March 10th

Engage Aotearoa brings you an invitation to attend an exclusive two hour role-play workshop with the team from Mind Over Manner.

This specialist workshop focuses on the transition from the summer holidays to the school environment and is designed for parents and professionals in close association with teenagers who think and learn differently.

Details: 7pm-9pm Tuesday 10th of March 2015
TAPAC Theatre, Motions Road, Western Springs
Recommended koha: $30
Contact: sue@mindovermanner.co.nz

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