Your generosity has ensured that Youthline’s vital services are able to continue providing support for our rangatahi.
One of the vital services we provide is the Oranga Tamariki Residential Unit. Our Residential Unit is available to young people for a variety of reasons such as removing them from an abusive situation, to provide professional care long term or to give their whanau time away from high stress situations.
One of our Helpline volunteers Tamati recalls “A staff member in our Residential Unit noticed one of our residents becoming upset and increasingly distressed, so the staff member suggested that they contact the Helpline”. Throughout the afternoon, the Helpline ended up talking to the caller three times to deescalate the situation and eventually the caller felt calmer and came up with solutions for when they start to feel hopeless
Tamati says that “Because we are receiving a lot more calls to our Helpline from young people with suicide ideation, we are working with our Residential Unit staff, the whanau of the callers as well as other external agencies to improve the overall support of our rangatahi”.
With your generosity, you are ensuring that we have Helpline volunteers trained and our phone lines are open for young Kiwis that need our support. Thank you! When this caller phoned our Helpline a few weeks later they said “I am so grateful that I can call Youthline because everyone is so supportive and listens to me without judgement. To know I can speak with someone independent of my carer and family means everything to me”.
Your support means the world to young people struggling with their mental health, and to us here at Youthline.
Leadership Connect Launch for Young Kiwis
Youthline Leadership Connect, a new student-led programme is being piloted in five schools in Auckland, with plans to expand to more schools nationwide in 2024.
Our new programme will see year 12 students given training and ongoing support to become leaders who can lend a listening ear and help connect students with the support services available.
The Youthline team will provide ongoing support in these schools to ensure the leaders and students have all the support they need.
This initiative was made possible by Youthline’s Principal Partner ASB, and we are grateful for the tautoko this partnership continues to offer young Kiwis in Aotearoa.
Ka nui te mihi
Can you Walk the Talk?
Walk the Talk is a virtual fundraising event that challenges you to get moving by walking, running, swimming, biking or even dancing to support young people who are struggling with their mental health.
Last year we raised over $200,000, and this year we hope to raise even more to meet the increased demand on our life saving services!
Improve not only your mental health but our young Kiwis mental wellbeing by signing up to Walk the Talk this May! Head over to our website or keep an eye on our social media to find out how you can join us!
Rishi has found his confidence as a volunteer
One of our incredible volunteers at Youthline Rishi, joined us when he was 19 after going through a difficult period in his life. Before joining Youthline Rishi says
“I felt very alone in my problems. After working through these challenges, I realized that the pain I experienced could be used to help others that might be going through the same thing I was”.
After going through training to become a Helpline volunteer, Rishi realized that the challenges he was facing were completely normal. Rishi says “I feel so much more confident because of the training and the support I’ve received from the team at Youthline. The people I’ve met feel like my second family”.
Last year, you helped us train 111 young people to become Helpline volunteers who collectively helped 13,985 young Kiwis when they needed a safe and non-judgemental person to talk to. Rishi says “It’s a blessing to become a part of a community encourages you to grow and learn while giving me the confidence in myself I didn’t have before. Thank you for supporting us here at Youthline”.