Working with Youth: HEEADSSS Assessment


HEEADSSS* assessment allows for early identification of mental health, alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues as well as other information to assist young people in their development.
*Home, Education/Employment, Eating, Activities, Drugs and Alcohol, Sexuality, Suicide and Depression, Safety

Initially 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 – Working with Youth: HEEADSSS Assessment. The short course provides an introduction to the HEEADSSS assessment framework and other key information to support professionals working with young people.

Target audiences are Health Professionals working with youth; School Nurses, School Counsellors, Youth Workers, Practice Nurses, General Practitioners, Primary Mental Health and AoD professionals and Social Workers.

It is expected the course will take approximately 4 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.



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 6 MOPs points or 6 hours of CPD.

This course has been endorsed by The Pharmaceutical Society of New Zealand (PSNZ) and by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) for CME credits for their General Practice Educational Programme (GPEP) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes, and the College of Nurses Aotearoa (NZ) for PD hours.


The Whāraurau team wish to thank members of the Expert Advisory Group for their support in the review and further development of the HEEADSSS Wellbeing Assessment Framework E-Learning.  Special thanks are offered to the following organisations:


The HEEADSSS Assessment Example Questions


This course is located on an eLearning platform on the Goodfellow Unit website.
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It takes less than a minute and is completely free. Note the Goodfellow Unit website is not administered by Whāraurau.