An Introduction to HEEADSSS Assessment
HEEADSSS* Assessment allows for early identification of mental health, Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) issues and other information to assist young people in their development.
*Home, Education/Employment, Eating, Activities, Drugs and Alcohol, Sexuality, Suicide and Depression, Safety
Funded by The Ministry of Health as part of the Prime Minister's Youth Mental Health Initiative, Whāraurau in collaboration with key agencies have developed the online eLearning module – Introduction to HEEADSSS. The short course provides an introduction to the HEEADSSS assessment framework and other key information to support professionals working with young people.
This eModule is designed for professionals working in Primary Care - Target audiences include School Nurses, School Counsellors, Youth Workers, Practice Nurses, General Practitioners, Primary Mental Health and AoD professionals and Social Workers. However, professionals working in other sectors will find the course of value.
It is expected the course will take approximately 4 - 6 hours to complete. You will be able to log in and out of the material to suit your schedule, however it is important to remember that if you input to the sections that ask you to list your thoughts you do need to click the 'continue' button to ensure your work is saved. There is a variety of material available for you through this course – including links to many resources you can refer to at a later date.
Below is a short clip of Maria Kekus, Chair of the Society of Youth Health Professionals Aotearoa New Zealand (SYPHANZ) who will introduce the module.
- Adolescence is an important developmental phase that captures the transition from childhood to adulthood.
- This short course provides an introduction to the HEEADSSS assessment framework which is well known in youth health, both locally and internationally.
- The HEEADSSS framework allows for early identification of mental health, Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) issues and other information to assist young people in their development.
- The module is funded by the Ministry of Health and as part of the Prime Minister's Youth Mental Health Initiative.
- View the video clips as you navigate the module and print and explore the resources for review later.
Following the course you will find a short quiz designed to help consolidate your learning. When you complete the quiz please hit the 'submit' button to receive your certificate. This course provides six MOPs points or six hours of CPD.
On completion of this module, click the link if you would like to see a current listing of our training events and additional resources.
The module content has been developed by the HEEADSSS project Expert Advisory Group for the Werry Centre for Child & Adolescent Mental Health Workforce Development. It has been piloted with Primary Care professionals and developed further as a result of that. Key contributors have been the Centre for Youth Health, Kidz First, CMDHB, and Youth Health – A Resource Manual, MOH, DHBNZ, The Collaborative, Caah, Transcultural Mental Health Centre. 2011 and the Youth Justice Health Assessment Course by the Ministry of Social Development. This course has been created by the Goodfellow Unit at The University of Auckland.