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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.

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.

Teen Recovery Website: By Youth for Youth

A young woman in Wellington with lived experience of recovery has created a website to help other teens on their road to recovery from mental-health issues. Verity, the creator of the site, writes “It started off just being a resource for my friends at the unit to use. I had posted the link to my Facebook and as the months went by, Teen Recovery …[was] noticed by organizations such as Youthline and Live For Tomorrow.

At Teen Recovery, young people can find out about recovery strategies like distractions and breathing techniques, learn more about things like anxiety attacks, self-care after self-harm and finding reasons to stay alive, and read recovery stories or share a recovery story themselves. There’s an FAQ page that answers some of the common questions young people might have about recovery. There’s a Support Services link that lists all the nationwide helplines and a Websites link that lists a bunch of useful websites.

The Teen Recovery website also recommends other young people connect with their public Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) if they would like more support. Every DHB has a CAMHS, though some services go by different names. If you search online for ‘CAMHS’ and the region you live in, you should be able to find the service nearest to you. Each service has different referral pathways – at some, young people and their families can self-refer for a first appointment; at other services, you may need to see your GP or School Guidance Counsellor to arrange a referral for a first appointment at your local CAMHS. You can always give the service a call to find out if you aren’t sure.

Visit Teen Recovery and explore for more info

SPARX e-Therapy Game goes Live

SPARX is an online e-therapy tool provided by the University of Auckland, as an initiative of the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project. SPARX helps young people learn skills to deal with feeling down, depressed or stressed.  The effectiveness of SPARX has been proven to be as good as standard care in a Randomised Control Trial undertaken by the University of Auckland. It could help you or people you know.


Toi Ora: Express Yourself Course for Young People

Toi Ora Live Art Trust is a unique shared creative space in the heart of Auckland city for people in support of their mental health and wellbeing. Toi Ora provides an array of arts, creative writing, music and recording classes and workshops, that are tutored by professional practitioners with experience and/or an understanding of the issues surrounding mental health.

Below are the flier, enrolment form and info sheet for the next early intervention Express Yourself starting soon 17 Feb Mondays 1-3pm at Toi Ora.

Note: This project is ongoing, so participants can start this class at any time during the year.

Info sheet:


Enrolment form:

Any queries, just get in touch with:

Monica Evans
Express Yourself Creative Youth Development
Toi Ora Live Arts Trust
6 Putiki St, Grey Lynn
Ph 09 360 4171 or 022 161 2329

Web: www.toiora.org.nz
Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ExpressYourselfAK

Youth Thriving Communities Workshop 27 Nov 2012

South Auckland Family Violence Prevention Network (SAFVPN)

Rangatahi/Youth Thriving Communities Discussion Workshop

Tuesday 27 November
10am – 12pm
Papatoetoe Chambers, 35a George St, Papatoetoe

Raewyn Bhana at SAFVPN
Tel: (09) 278 9266
George Ngatai at Transitioning Out Aotearoa
Tel: (09) 570 2679

New Respite Service for Youth

Te Pou are proud to introduce Real, a new health and wellbeing service for youth: www.real.org.nz

Real provides short (up to a week-long) stays in a home-like environment for people aged 16 – 20 who are experiencing a difficult time

Real is run by Pathways

Survey for Youth who use the Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre

WIN heaps of prizes by completing this short youth survey!

Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre needs ideas from youth who use their service.

There are heaps of prizes!

  • Itunes vouchers
  • New World vouchers
  • Subway vouchers

Filling it out will only take a couple of minutes.
Prizes winners will be announced in July :-)


Youth Anger Management Programme Starts 2 May 2012

North Harbour Living Without Violence

Youth Anger Management Programme

  • When: Wednesday 2 May for 9 weeks (with new intakes every few weeks)
  • Time: 6.00pm to 8.00pm
  • For: Youth aged 14-16 yrs
  • Venue: Glenfield Community Centre, Cnr Glenfield Rd and Bentley Ave, Glenfield

Topics Covered

  • Anger Management Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • How to have Respectful Relationships
  • Self Awareness & more

For Enrolment details please contact:


Ph 489-3770  Ex4

E-mail: jennifer.nhlwv@xtra.co.nz

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