Funding Our Schools to Help Prevent Youth Suicide
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More young people die from suicide than from any other cause in New Zealand. In fact, New Zealand has the highest rate of teen suicide in the developed world! We find these statistics completely unacceptable.
This petition asks,
that funding be allocated to provide mental health services and programmes in New Zealand schools.
The National-led government has budgeted an inadequate level of funding for District Health Boards and local mental health addiction services. No funding has been allocated to schools that could provide accessible, on-site mental health programmes targeted at preventing youth suicide. This needs to change!
Teachers, families and friends are often the first to recognise if there is a problem. But many do not have the right training or confidence to help. Funding to New Zealand schools could provide educational programmes that address mental health holistically, build resilience and reduce stigma. Funding could also provide schools with trained health practitioners to identify and help at-risk youths.
Please take the time to watch the attached above video presentation on some critical information regarding suicide and why more awareness in this area is needed.
Youth Support services (all available 24/7 unless specified otherwise):
Youthline – Phone: 0800 376 633 or free text 234
Online: email - email@example.com or online chat - https://www.youthline.co.nz/services/goforward/go-chat/
thelowdown.co.nz – email: firstname.lastname@example.org or free text 5626
What’s Up – 0800 942 8787 (for 5-18 year olds). Phone counselling is available Monday-Friday, midday (12pm) – 11pm and on weekends from 3pm-11pm.
Online chat is also available 7pm-10pm daily via http://www.whatsup.co.nz/
Kidsline – 0800 54 37 54 (0800 kidsline) for young people up to the age of 18.
Helplines for adults, parents, and families; alongside specific helplines for alcohol & drugs, gambling, anxiety, and sexuality among others, can be found via:
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