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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.

Applications for Youthline Wellington’s youth development programme are now open

Youthline Wellington has been running a free Youth Development Programme (YDP) since 2011. The YDP is open to 15 to 18 year olds. The programme is open to young people from many different walks of life. It allows them to explore issues important to them in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

Find more information here.

Contact Youth Development Coordinator Sarah Miller: youthdevelopment.wgtn@youthline.co.nz.

Engage Group Enrolling for 4th of September Start Date

Engage Group is a 10-week anxiety  education and support programme that has been helping Kiwi men and women understand and overcome their anxiety experiences since 2008. Enrollments are now open for the last group for 2013.

It is free for anyone to join and almost anyone over 18 is eligible to take part.

Group starts on the 4th of September and runs weekly on Wednesdays from 4-6 pm until the 6th of November. Numbers are limited to 10 max and spaces are filling up fast.

Click here to find out more and read the Engage Group Information Pack.

Engage Group 4 Sep - 6 Nov 2013

Just a Few Weeks Left to Enrol in Engage Group!


Engage Group’s start date has been moved to the 5th of June to allow the last few spaces to be filled before getting underway. Click here for more information.

FREE Engage Group Anxiety Programme Starts in Auckland 1 May 2013


Click here to find out more about Engage Group and save a copy of the information sheet.


Two Free Engage Groups to Run in 2013

Community Mental-Health Resources Trust (CMHRT) is pleased to announce that funds have been obtained to deliver two of Engage Aotearoa Ltd’s successful Engage Group programmes for FREE at Youthline next year.

Dates for each group are still to be confirmed, but as we come to the end of one year and the start of the next, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about signing up. If you feel like anxiety has been holding you back this year, Engage Group might be just the ticket for a more empowered 2013. With two groups running, that’s 20 free opportunities to overcome anxiety in the New Year.

Visit the Engage Group Programme Information page in CMHRT’s Community Treasure Chest on the Engage Aotearoa website to find out more. Almost anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to take part.

Contact Youthline on (09) 361 4168 or email Services@youthline.co.nz to enroll on the waiting list.

And don’t forget to pass it on and spread the word – sharing is caring.

YouthLaw joins Youthline at The Station


YouthLaw has moved premises to Youthline’s Papatoetoe Youth Development Centre

 – The Station!

YouthLaw is a national community law centre for children and young people under 25 providing free legal information, advice, law related education, law reform service and, where capacity permits, representation services.

Vanushi Walters Managing Solicitor says “through our 0800 UTHLAW advice line we provide over 3,000 hours of free legal advice to children and young people across the country.  Our teamis there to support and advise young people when they feel unsafe at home or at school, face being kicked out of school or are being treated unfairly by employers. We reach over 6,000 children, young people and those who work with them each year, through our legal education programmes and have a proactive law reform programme advocating for the rights of under 25 year olds.”

“We are a national service and will always have staff working and collaborating nationally with our local partners where our most vulnerable young people live, work and play and, through our pro bono partnership with Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, will retain a central Auckland city presence.

“However, the decision to move stems from two key drivers within our strategic vision:

“Firstly, Youthline’s vision of partnership across the Youth Sector fits perfectly with our own vision.  We believe that closer collaboration between core services should be at the heart of any strategy to improve social and justice outcomes for our most vulnerable young people.  This move is the start of what we hope will be a long term partnership with Youthline as we look to championing a new vision for young people in New Zealand through our operational plan – Safe. In School.Out of Jail.

“Secondly, we want to be well equipped to identify and deliver services to children and young people living in communities of priority need across New Zealand and accordingly want our home to be within one of the largest of these priority communities.  To be truly effective our services must be easily accessible, our advocacy must respond directly to need and importantly our sense of place must be strongly tied to the identity of the most vulnerable communities we serve.”

YouthLaw’s new contact details are:

Physical address:

Level 1, 145 St George St, Papatoetoe, Auckland

Postal address:

PO Box 200020, Papatoetoe Central, Auckland 2156


For information and advice and any of the lawyers, use the existing number: 0800 UTHLAW (0800 884 529). YouthLaw’s main phone number is  09 250 2670.

Engage Group Full for 2012

Engage Group is a free education and support programme for people of any age who struggle with the limiting effects of anxiety in any form.

The next programme gets underway at Youthline in Ponsonby, Auckland on Wednesday October 3rd with a full group who will spend the next ten weeks together exploring ways to overcome anxiety and supporting each other through.

Enrolments are now closed for 2012. But to make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to enrol next year, contact Youthline’s special services centre on (09) 361 4168 or services@youthline.co.nz to add yourself to the waitlist.

More information can be found on the Engage Aotearoa website at the following link:


Youth Development Worker wanted at Youthline

  • Exciting opportunities for experienced youth workers
  • Help to change lives in your community
  • Varied role including group, individual and community work

We are looking for experienced youth workers to join the Youthline team working in Waitakere and Rodney.

You will have a proven track record of engaging with Maori & Pacific youth, especially young men, and whanau, communities, colleagues and stakeholders to support positive change.

Your passion, enthusiasm and experience means that you thrive on being on-the-go and out in the community. You are keen to do a bit of everything; including facilitating leadership and development programmes, mentoring, individual assessment, interventions, delivering presentations, and professional liaison.

You will have sound knowledge of the principles of youth development, group dynamics and health promotion. Your professionalism is a given and
you complete related administrative tasks with ease.

Your key responsibilities would include:

  • Running development and leadership programmes
  • Providing one-on-one assessments for young people
  • Providing interventions for young people to achieve outcomes
  • Linking with key community stakeholders
  • Undertaking regular supervision and reflection on your work
  • Community networking, development and events
  • Record keeping and administrative tasks

You must have:

  • A minimum of 3 years full-time experience in youth related employment
  • A passion and heart for young people
  • Good administration, written communication and public-speaking skills
  • Knowledge ofWest Auckland  and/or Rodney communities
  • Ideally a Level 4 or higher qualification in social services or a related field.
  • Flexibility and a can-do attitude

close 5pm Monday 17th September 2012

To request a copy of the position description and submit your cover letter and CV, email Jobs@youthline.co.nz 

Youth Counsellor Wanted at Youthline

  • Combine your counselling skills and passion for youth
  • Must have or be completing a relevant qualification
  • DAPAANZ registration a bonus

Youthline Manukau are looking for a vibrant Youth Counsellor who has or is completing a counselling
qualification for an exciting and varied role providing counselling services to youth and families and delivering Stand Up! a school based alcohol &
other drug programme.

Youthline have a huge demand for people to work effectively with young men, so you must be passionate and skilled at engaging young males and their families, delivering effective therapeutic interventions that help them achieve positive outcomes.

You have a vitality and energy that makes you fantastic in a group. On top of this, your professionalism is a given and you complete related
administrative tasks with ease.

Knowledge of AOD, counselling and youth development are essential. Prior group facilitation
experience and an HPCA Act or DAPAANZ registration would be an advantage.

Your key responsibilities would include:

  • Providing counselling and support services to young people and families
  • Providing group based youth development interventions and support to young people affected by alcohol and other drugs in schools
  • Providing individual assessment and intervention to young people affected by alcohol and other drugs in schools
  • Liaising with schools to support the development of young people
  • Case noting and related administration.

You must have:

  • A qualification in counselling or related field (or be completing one)
  • A professional registration, or the ability to work towards one
  • Experience working with youth and families
  • Knowledgeof AOD & youth development
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Flexibility,a can-do attitude and a passion for Youthline’s work.

Applications close Monday 17th September at 5pm

To request a copy of the position description and submit your cover letter and CV, email Jobs@youthline.co.nz