Child and Youth Mental Health 

Children, young people, new parents and whānau members should all be able to live with a sense of hope and aspiration for the future. When times get tough, we should all be able to know that there will be help available that will work for us. 

Unfortunately, this is not the reality for many children and young people in Aotearoa today. Our children and young people are experiencing high rates of mental health distress, with LGBTQIA+, Māori and Pasifika and children with disabilities most at risk. 

What we know:

Barnardos advocates to prioritise the mental health and wellbeing of our children and young people and their whānau, to ensure that all young people are able to grow up in an environment that allows them to thrive. 

Some solutions we advocate for are: