The latest New Zealand Health Survey has found that nearly one in four young people, aged 15-24 years old, experienced high levels of psychological distress.
To help inform the New Zealand youth mental health sector on what is needed to support rangatahi, the Youth Advisory Team at Whāraurau have been running Deep, Meaningful Conversations (DMC) to create opportunities for young people to share their perspective on health and wellbeing.
DMC is a project designed by young people, for young people. The Youth Advisory Team at Whāraurau is comprised of individuals under 25 years old who have lived experiences of accessing mental health and addiction services. The team strives to represent the voices of young people and provide insight into their needs from mental health and addiction services.
“Effective support for the wellbeing of young people in New Zealand is imperative,” says Eden Grimwood, a Youth Consumer Advisor and a member of the Youth Advisory Team at Whāraurau.