This week (July 10), the Mental Health Foundation hosted the launch by Minister for Social Development Paula Bennett, of Common Ground – a new project for families, whānau and friends of young people facing challenges in their lives.
Common Ground is a collaborative project that aims to inform and affirm families and friends to help the young people in their lives enjoy positive mental health and wellbeing.
One of the most innovative aspects of Common Ground is it also provides space for sharing ideas and experiences, acknowledging the expertise and wisdom of parents, whānau and young people themselves.
This sharing space on Common Ground will be linked to a series of videos exploring the challenges faced by young people in a fictional community. After each episode viewers will be asked to share what’s worked for them in supporting the young people in their lives, which services have helped, and the best advice they can offer. Their feedback will then form the first part of the next episode in the series.
The website, phone line, and information pack service give whānau access to information, tools, and support, so they can support young people to get the right kind of help when they need it.
Common Ground can be found at: www.commonground.org.nz
Common Ground is an initiative of the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project, developed and delivered by the Mental Health Foundation, Youthline and Skylight, with support from Curative and innovate change.