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Thursday, 1 August 2013, 1:29 pm
Press Release: New Zealand Government
Hon Paula Bennett
Minister for Social Development
Associate Minister of Housing
1 August 2013
Mood diary smart phone app released
The Social Media Innovations Fund has reached a key milestone with the recent release of the Phobic Trust’s mobile phone mood diary app.
“I’m pleased to see the Phobic Trust mood diary app is now available for free from the Apple Store, allowing young people easy access to an innovative tool to help manage their mental health,” Mrs Bennett said.
The Phobic Trust was one of five organisations awarded a one-off grant when the Fund launched in February this year.
“The grants were provided as a funding boost for existing projects aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of young New Zealanders.”
The Phobic Trust app allows people to keep track of the things that cause stress and anxiety in their lives, record sleep and exercise patterns, and provides one-touch access to key contacts in emergency situations.
Other projects to receive funding are progressing well. Youthline’s INSPIRE Me text message counselling pilot started on 22 July, and Zeal’s Live for Tomorrow social media campaign launches this month.
Like the mood diary app, these projects offer a chance for young people to talk about mental health and the things that affect them through relevant mediums like texting, Facebook, smart phones and blogs.
The Social Media Innovations Fund, a key part of the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project, provides $2 million over four years to develop and progress projects that use technology to help combat mental health issues.
As part of the Fund, four Lifehack Weekends were held throughout April bringing together around 100 young people who were given the opportunity to develop solutions to mental health problems.
Judges have reviewed ten video proposals to come from the Lifehack Weekends, and the teams whose proposals are set to move into Lifehack Labs for further testing and development will be announced shortly.
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. Webhealth.co.nz 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0800 932 432.
Monday, 27 May 2013, 11:15 am
Press Release: New Zealand Government
Monday, 27 May 2013
Dunne: pilot to support communities losing major industry
Communities are going to be better supported to cope with the loss of a major employer or industry through an initiative being trialled in the new suicide prevention plan launched by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne today.
‘Unemployment is a known risk factor for suicide and in New Zealand, there is a high co-relation between unemployment and youth suicide, particularly among young Māori males.
“Communities that are particularly dependent on one employer or industry are also particularly vulnerable if that employer or industry fails.
“Small towns can struggle to cope with the sudden fall in income and population, and the financial pressure and sense of loss can be traumatic for individuals and families, with sometimes tragic results,” Mr Dunne said.
He said the initiative was one of 30 specific actions in the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2013 to 2016 that involve eight government agencies
Led by the Ministry of Social Development, the trial would see the ministry partner with a small number of local communities to support them before and after the loss of a major employer or industry.
“Evidence points to the importance of communities themselves leading any revival, but partnerships with government agencies, business and other groups can be vital to a successful transition,” he said.
‘Ultimately, the aim would be for a community to guide the response with government agencies taking its cue from the community and working with it to support its vision and strategy.”
District Health Boards will also be given support for suicide prevention through the development of a toolkit for DHBs which will focus on managing suicide clusters or contagion, Mr Dunne said.
Families, whānau and communities are often best placed to implement suicide prevention activities, he said.
The plan will support strong, cohesive and self-determining communities. It will also enable communities to build capacity and leadership and give them the tools to respond to people in distress and support them to seek help.
“Suicide is everyone’s business – families, whānau and communities must all come together to tackle this problem,” he said.
The full plan can be found at www.health.govt.nz/publication/new-zealand-suicide-prevention-action-plan-2013-2016
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