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Spring Community Newsletter 2008

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Spring Community Newsletter 2008
Sovereign Sunshine
Good Hair for a Good Cause
Youthline Research
Youth Transition Services Expansion
Profile Simon Wilson
Youthline to Receive Winter Bonus
Southland Moves
Urge Update
Involve and Youthline Conference
Sexual Health Project
Firestation Story
Youthline at Converse 08
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Four decades ago Youthline began following the recognition that young people were not accessing help services. The need was for  a service that young people could relate to where they and their families could get immediate support, information and referral sources. Since then Youthline has developed its capacity to involve young people and support their development both in times of difficulty and as part of building their leadership skills.


We now provide a range of  portals support, information, referral and counselling.


In 2008 Youthline’s helpline remains the backbone of our organisation, while the telephone and increasingly text a key way for young people to access help when they would not otherwise do so.


A Youthline Schools survey in 2005 showed that many young people would not access support due to embarrassment, not wanting to make a fuss of fear of confidentiality being breached. A youth helpline and text support overcomes many of these obstacles, allowing young people to feel in control of the communication.


Helplines are not stand-alone interventions, but the front door to a range of specialist services. They are a first point of contact for people, proving immediate support, information and referrals.


With today’s focus on youth issues, it is essential that we are able to reach young people before they hit crisis point and recently government has begun to recognise the importance of early intervention.


Despite this, there is currently no recognition of the vital role helplines play in early intervention and this is reflected in the lack of funding for our core business.


Helplines identify issues early and effectively deal them before they reach statutory agencies. This is more cost effective than dealing with people in the health and justice systems further down the track.


This election year Youthline will be lobbying politicians to recognise the fact that helplines provide an easily accessible and indispensable source of support for New Zealanders, and need to be funded as a critical part of any early intervention initiative for young people.  We hope to continue to be available whenever, wherever and however young people need us.  


Take Care

Stephen Bell  

Youthline CEO