Youthline Crisis Support
Together we can be there for the increased number of young people and families reaching out to us for support now and over coming months.Nationwide
You can help us be there for young people and their families.
The Covid-19 pandemic has deeply impacted New Zealand society, including the lives of young people and their families.
In a recent Youthline survey, more than 72% of respondents shared that that COVID-19 and Lockdown has impacted their mental health with young people under 25 more likely to share this than older groups.
Youthline has seen a 50% increase in the number of texts from young people contacting its Helpline for support. The most common being about suicide, depression, anxiety and self-harm.
1 in 4 texts we’re replying to from young people are around depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide, with 1 in 5 texts being around suicide.
It is well known throughout the world that economic downturns disproportionately impact young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
We’ve put on more paid Helpline staffing, and we’re committed to being there for young people and families in the coming months, as we have been for the past 49 years.
But we need your help – the impact of COVID-19 means that we are projecting a shortfall of $300,000 in Helpline funding. A number of our usual funders have advised they are no longer able to provide funding to anyone at this time, and ongoing social distancing means that we are unable to hold our usual fundraising events.
Youthline is recognised as “the number one organisation for youth to reach out to for help” with 25% of young people and their friends contacting us for support. Our Helpline is a trusted pathway of support for young people.
It is vital we can continue to be here for the increased number of young people and families reaching out to us for support now and over the coming months. Please join other New Zealanders by donating now.
Thank you for your support, together we can be there.
Young people are sharing with Youthline for support on a wide range of issues, with the following on average the most common: suicide, depression, anxiety, self-harm, relationships (family, peer, and partner), loneliness and isolation, grief and loss, and abuse and violence (sexual, physical, and emotional).
With your support Youthline can continue to be there for young people and their families at a time that they need us even more.
• $15 Gives one young person 10 minutes of much needed telephone support
• $30 Allows us to respond to 120 texts
• $60 Keeps our phone, text and email service operating for one hour
• $120 Gives eight young people 10 minutes of much needed telephone support each
• $500 Allows us to respond to 600 texts
• $850 Trains a volunteer to support young people on the Helpline
The International Labour Organisation maintains that young people will be among those hit hardest by COVID-19. The relationship between economic health and mental health is inextricably linked and internationally previous economic downturns and crises have been linked to growing mental health problems and spikes in suicide rates. In the EU, every 1% increase in unemployment was associated with a 0.8% rise in suicides for people under 65 years, however for younger populations every 1% increase in unemployment was associated with a 2% rise in suicides.
We receive $90,000 from Oranga Tamariki and have to fundraise the balance, $1million each year, to keep the Helpline running.
To continue to support Youthline on a regular basis and to become a regular giver please head here - https://www.youthline.co.nz/donate.html
Youthline has been supporting young people and working with communities for over 49 years. We are the first point of contact for many young people accessing youth development and support services across Aotearoa New Zealand. Our 24/7 Helpline is staffed by over 250 volunteer counsellors supported by paid Triage and Clinical Support staff. We managed over 270,000 contacts to our Helpline in 2019. Youthline is recognised as “the number one organisation for youth to reach out to for help” with 71% being aware of Youthline alone and 25% of young people and their friends contacting us for support (Colmar Brunton 2019). We are a respected and trusted frontline service which has changed the lives of many people who have reached out in their time of need.
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This page was created on 29 Apr 2020 and closes on 29 Apr 2021.