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Good intentions are not enough


Good intentions are not enough

“Programmes in schools covering youth issues must be able to stand a rigorous test of best practice,” says Youthline national director and spokesperson Stephen Bell.

“The organisations that provide these programmes must be well linked into the youth sector and the programmes themselves must be developmentally and educationally focused and linked with the school curriculum.

“The programmes must be provided by suitably trained personnel. It is not appropriate for a programme to raise awareness around suicide and it is important that any mention of the issue, if raised by a young person, is followed up.

“The essence of this argument about the appropriateness of talking about suicide is any thing that moves the line closer to it being considered even unconsciously as a normal coping mechanism needs to be avoided.

“Young people who are struggling need to be linked up to an appropriate professional so they can get the support they need.

“Youthline has been providing first point of contact and support services for young people across the country for over 32 years.

“Youthline has worked with the Ministry of Youth Affairs since its inception. We have been involved in the expert reference panel during the development of the New Zealand Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy.

“We also fully support the recently published Youth Development Strategy which fully represents Youthline’s model of work in the community.

“Youthline also believes young people hold a unique position in being able to reach out to other young people. Hundreds of young people are involved in Youthline across the country. Each of these volunteers under-take an extensive training programme and is in an ongoing supervisory process.

“It is essential that services are open to scrutiny and we support the audit processes that are undertaken by Child Youth & Family with organisations providing services to young people,” said Mr Bell.

This is what Youthline has been doing with many young people every year. Each year Youthline receives over 200,000 calls. Our challenge is that we can only mange 20,000. Our 24/7 project plans to resolve this issue by moving to 24 hour service .The first stage of this project will be implemented in February when technology will be installed that links all our 11 centres together.

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