Date
23 July 2024

Support mental health

Provide a toolkit for maintaining mental health.

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Use the Mana model

Use the Mana model

Melinda Webber explains the Mana model that features in the Mental health education guide for NZ schools.

Offer tools to manage anxiety

Offer tools to manage anxiety

Introduce students to resources and tools that can help them manage their anxiety or feelings of being overwhelmed or stuck.

  • SPARX is a gaming-style tool from the University of Auckland. SPARX helps young people learn skills to build resilience, and to power through stressful and negative emotions.
  • The Lowdown is a space created with rangatahi, for rangatahi. Supports hauora, identity, culture and mental health.

Reduce anxiety

Reduce anxiety

Support student wellbeing and lessen the stress of moving into new spaces by transferring specific furniture or items of importance to the learner.

Access support for wellbeing

Access support for wellbeing

Make connections to local organisations that can provide support for young people.

Introduce students to local support networks, such as:

  • iwi
  • youth centres
  • disabled youth movements, such as i.lead
  • local sports, community and church groups.

Access services provided by Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand, such as:

  • kaupapa Māori wellbeing services
  • pacific-led wellbeing services 
  • wellbeing services from local doctors
  • youth wellbeing services 
  • rural wellbeing services
  • digital tools
  • helplines with trained counsellors.

For more information see: Boost your wellbeingTe Whatu Ora Health New Zealand.

Provide options for wellbeing support

Provide options for wellbeing support

Provide students with access to a variety of wellbeing resources to cater for the range of needs, preferences and circumstances.

Consider opportunities that can be provided for students to access:

  • peer-to-peer support groups
  • on-site health clinics
  • on-site nurse consultations
  • on-site school counsellors
  • youth workers
  • health information
  • referral pathways for medical care
  • access to LGBTQIA+ youth support groups.

Source: Supporting LGBTQIA+ students (opens in a new tab/window)

Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Foster wellbeing and mental health”:

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