Mental Health Treatment Resources

Mental Health Treatment Resources

This page aims to offer a number of resources for healthcare professionals to assist in providing interventions, education and resources for taiohi | young people with mental health problems. 


Please click on the tab headings below to view resources:

The following links provide access to a number of resources that can be used with young people, including clinical tools, intervention worksheets and psycho-education on a various number of mental health problems.  

  • Mental Health Foundation (NZ)
    is a charity that works towards creating society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health and wellbeing. They have resources on mental health, wellbeing, suicide prevention and workplace wellbeing.

  • Ministry of Health/Mental Health (NZ)
    This page is where you can find relevant and helpful information and resources on how to cope with mental illness as well as suicide prevention and after a suicide. 

  • World Health Organization 
    Key facts on global information on adolescent mental health.

  • Rethink: Conversations for Change (NZ)
    A dynamic downloadable youth resource of five group activities designed to help educate young people and to reTHiNK mental health and wellbeing. These activities explore the impact of stigma and discrimination, help safely explain experiences of mental distress, support recovery focused discussion and promote social inclusion. 

  • Centre for Clinical Interventions  (Australia)
    The resources provided on this website aim to provide general information about various mental health problems, as well as, techniques that focus on a cognitive behavioural approach to managing difficulties. These include resources on the following: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Unhelpful thinking styles, Generalised Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Self Esteem, Eating Disorders, Panic Disorder, Interpersonal, Sleep, Procrastination, Perfectionism. 

  • Therapist Aid (USA):
    Therapist Aid is dedicated to helping mental health professionals improve their craft by providing free evidence-based education and therapy tools. Worksheets aimed for adolescents across a range of mental health issues.  

  • Orygen (Australia):
    Orygen has developed a range of free downloadable youth mental health resources including:  

Mental health and wellbeing apps overview
Apps for anxiety, stress, depression and general mental health (Health Navigator NZ)

Apps, e-therapy & guided self-help (Mental Health Foundation)

SPARX e-Therapy

SPARX is an online e-therapy tool provided by the University of Auckland, and funded by the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project. SPARX is free in New Zealand. SPARX has been proven to help young people with mild to moderate depression and anxiety. It was developed with the help of young people and is based on CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy). 

Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)

The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire is used to identify behavioural and emotional problems in children and adolescents, producing scores for five subscales: Conduct problems, Hyperactivity, Emotional problems, Peer problems and Prosocial behaviour.

It is free and quick to use and has been used extensively in New Zealand CAMHS and health services. The SDQ website contains information on usage rights.

SMFQ is an acceptable and easy to use screening instrument for depression, with some evidence to support its use in New Zealand populations.


Tools to Evaluate Psychological Status and/or Distress


Depression and Anxiety screening websites

  • (NZ):
    A website for young New Zealanders which has screening tools for depression, anxiety as well as the SACS BI.

The following Information Sheets have been developed by Whāraurau and provide detailed and helpful information about a range of common mental health issues including information about what treatment might entail.

Headspace Australia have developed a number of factsheets designed for young people, families and those working with young people about a wide range of issues. Check them out at: