Suicide and self-harm in young people is increasing. Support is essential for these patients. Here is a list of useful resources for primary care clinicians, including on brief intervention therapy options.
Werry Workforce Whāraurau
National centre for infant, child and adolescent mental health (ICAMH) workforce development. Based at the University of Auckland. Provides training and information on evidence-based interventions for anxiety, depression and self-harm.
The Collaborative Trust
The Collaborative Trust does research and training in youth development and has a list of useful links.
Addressing mental health and wellbeing in young people
See pages 7–9 of this article for helpful tips on maximising engagement with young people in primary care.
An overview of suicide statistics
Information overview of New Zealand suicide statistics. An 8-page document with statistics on national data compared to OECD countries and also deprivation/ethnicity and health service engagement.
Suicide prevention in Māori youth | Te aukatinga o te whakamomoritanga o te taiohi Māori
Suicide prevention in Māori with a primary care perspective.
Te Tumu Waiora
Based on international evidence and local co-design, it provides rapid, targeted brief intervention therapy to people of all ages who are experiencing mental distress or who need behavioural advice and support. Accessed through general practice and based around new roles in the primary care workforce: the health improvement practitioner (HIP) and the health coach.
Te Hikuwai: Resources for wellbeing
Te Hikumai focuses on wellbeing and is a brief intervention resource. It was developed by Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui to support primary health services to deliver talking therapies to over 18-year-olds, using a stepped-care approached. A direct link to Te Hikuwai is made available to primary care clinicians on request and can be incorporated into clinic patient management systems.
Tools and services are designed around how the person wants to live their life. Uses face-to-face therapy, online learning and digital solutions giving flexibility to take action along the wellbeing journey.
Puāwaitanga is a phone and web-based service. A GP or case worker identifies someone in need and refers. Client completes enrolment questionnaire, chooses a counsellor and books an initial appointment via Puāwaitanga portal. Typically 3–6 sessions, after which they may refer client on.
Health service access atlas
HQSC Atlas of Variation on Health Service Use – this covers all ages and ethnicities and can be filtered for age/ethnicity/national and local.
Te Oranga Hinengaro – Māori Mental Wellbeing
2018 results from the New Zealand Mental Health Monitor and Health and Lifestyles Survey.
Heeadsssss is a tool for engagement, a screening tool that helps gather information to form a picture of the context for the person and their presenting complaint. It is also a tool for planning what the next step should be, together with the young person. This link is also on the Auckland HealthPathways page on depression in children and youth.