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Novel method of promoting youth wellbeing

Tuesday, 20 May 2014, 1:55 pm
Press Release: Victoria University of Wellington


20 May 2014

Novel method of promoting youth wellbeing

A graphic novel developed by Victoria University of Wellington researchers aims to promote how young New Zealanders struggling with depression and other mental illness can seek help.

A Choice is the first of several resources in the making as part of the Youth Wellbeing Study, a research project led by Dr Marc Wilson, head of Victoria’s School of Psychology, which focuses on non-suicidal self-injury.

The research team partnered with Onslow College in Wellington to develop the narrative, with students contributing to weekly story-boarding sessions. Imagery was provided by Ant Sang, award-winning illustrator of the popular television series bro’Town.

Matthew Kan, an Onslow College student, says it was an inspiring experience. “The final copy of the comic book turned out amazing, and the process motivated me to understand depression and how to get help.”

Dr Jessica Garisch, Research Fellow and coordinator of the Youth Wellbeing Project, says “although there are numerous resources internationally, there are few resources developed specifically for young New Zealanders based on information collected from this population themselves”.

Research shows that up to half of New Zealand’s young people will engage in some form of self-injury by the time they leave school. “Hence this is a crucial area to develop further understanding and resources to assist teens, schools, whānau and the community,” says Dr Garisch.

An important part of the Youth Wellbeing Study, which runs until 2016, is developing useful resources for adolescents, their whānau, and school staff about how to best support young people who self-injure.

The study also includes a longitudinal survey with secondary school students from 15 regional schools and interviews and focus groups with school counsellors, social workers and youth.

Emma-Jayne Brown, a psychology PhD student who facilitated the development of A Choice, says “we’re really proud of the graphic novel and hope it can aid in the discourse around such important issues”.

A Choice can be downloaded here:

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Helping out

Helping out


Media Release
31st October 2013

A completely new way to tackle depression in New Zealand from the guys that brought you the World’s Biggest Waterslide, Live More Awesome.

The Live More Awesome Foundation is proud to announce the launch of their new depression initiative.

It works like this…sign up to donate $5 every month, you then get to vote on which of the five “gives” you want to see happen. All “gives” are Live More Awesome style events or initiatives to help reduce depression, decrease stress or simply make NZ a happier place. The “give” that gets the most votes each month wins and becomes a reality. You can then volunteer to help make it happen, or, you can just sit back and wait for us to send you the monthly update newsletter that will contain the video of all the good work that your $5 did! You’ll be so proud of yourself, and us, you’ll share that video with all your friends and get them to sign up, therefore providing more money to do amazing things the month after! Didn’t like any of the five things on the list? Suggest your own! If it’s good, we’ll put it in the next vote.
Co Founder Jimi Hunt says…
“We needed a way to get people involved in giving again, to help them feel like they were making a difference. With Gimmie Five, they are. Not only do they get a say in exactly where it goes, but they can actually suggest ideas for the future as well as volunteer their own time.”

With depression affecting as many as 1 in 5 New Zealanders at any one time, this is an issue that needs to not only be approached in a fun and interesting way, but it needs to be talked about constantly in order to remove the stigma of depression in this country.

Gimmie Five went live on the 1st of November.

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For more information on Live More Awesome & Gimmie Five see –

Gimmie Five:
Live More Awesome:
Click here for more information on depression.
LMA Jimi & Dan PR Image:

For all media enquiries including interviews please contact:

Jimi Hunt (Co Founder)
021 020 29618

About The Live More Awesome Foundation:
Live More Awesome is an initiative Jimi and Dan came up over a late lunch one day.

The “Live More Awesome Foundation” is a New Zealand based not for profit formed in 2012 and is a charity that survives like many others on love. We get no funding from the government or any foundations.

Our Mission is to develop a series of programmes & tools to help as many people as we can to “Live More Awesome” lives and subsequently beat depression and improve the mental health of the nation.

1. Develop a “30 Days To Live More Awesome” programme website and material. Actual practical steps for people to start doing to improve their depression without drugs.
2. Release a book showing people who are looking after people with depression how to cope.
3. Raise as much awareness about “Asking For Help” and removing the stigma from depression as possible by throwing amazing events.
4. Develop a programme that puts vegetable gardens into every school in the country.
5. Host the World’s first Mental Wellness event.
6. Implement our “Gratitude in schools” programme
6. Continue being awesome. Inspiration then information.

About Jimi Hunt:
Jimi Hunt is a man who has spent most of his life doing ridiculous things for his own amusement. Things like building the World’s Biggest Waterslide, playing golf through the streets of downtown Auckland and holding an alternative summer Olympics including events such as sandcastle building and frisbee golf.

But what none of his friends knew was that Jimi had been silently battling with depression. It was eating him alive from the inside, affecting his business, losing him friends and slowly, painfully destroying his marriage.

Disillusioned with the help and advice he received, he read that having a goal could help with depression. Five minutes later Jimi set his goal and announced it to the world — he would travel the entire 425km length of the Waikato River on an inflatable mattress. Loneliness, 21,000 people following the journey on Facebook, chancing upon a dead body in the river, unbridled kindness from strangers, physical pain and crazy psychic predictions are just some of the strange tales from the river.

About Dan Drupsteen:
Dan has a passion for seeing the upmost potential in others and sparking people to do what they love. He believes that learning to be happy with what you have while working towards your dreams is fundamental to a fulfilling life.

“Having experienced psychosis, adrenal fatigue, anxiety, panic attacks and depression and come out the other side, I have a firm belief that everything is possible. Inspiring others by how I choose to live is my upmost mission in life.

I’m a crazy haphazard experimenter and meticulous researcher. And I love creating new ideas” says Drupsteen.

Pocket directory for Hamilton and Christchurch youth

New pocket directory for Christchurch and Hamilton young people

28 May 2013
Linkage Webhealth has produced a colourful mini-directory to support young people in Waikato and Canterbury.

This pocket-sized resource provides easy to read information about a range of local services that are relevant to youth such as drug and alcohol, depression, sexual health and employment services.

The pocket directory is aimed at linking young people who have general health or wellbeing concerns to accessible services. also houses a comprehensive online directory of local health and social services for anyone looking for more information.

Linkage would like to acknowledge the generosity of Christchurch City Council and Hamilton City Council for the sponsorship of this project, and the support of Real, the Wise Group’s youth service.

If you would like copies of the pocket-sized directory to distribute, please contact or phone 0800 932 432.

Some useful contact details

Just following the last post. If after watching you feel there are any issues you need to talk to someone around or what to explore furhter please contact:

Mental Health Foundation -

Lifeline 0800 543 354 or (09) 522 2999
Suicide Prevention Helpline 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOK0)
Youthline 0800 376 633
Samaritans 0800 726 666

The lowdown -
Depression - (JK’s stuff) helpline – 0800 111 757

There are also other resources on the wellbeing page of this site.

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