Working with Taiohi | Youth

The following resources are for clinicians to share in their work with taiohi | youth. Most of the resources can be downloaded. This page includes links to other youth engaging websites and videos. 


Click on the tab headings below to view resources.

In November 2017, we launched several new Youth-aimed Brief Advice Cards that are designed to give children and young people a quick reference point to know what they need to know about drugs, where to get help, and what to do for a friend in distress.

These non-judgmental and honest reference cards introduce teens to the real deal when it comes to effects of Meth, MDMA, Cannabis, Alcohol, Psychoactive drugs, LSD and partying in general. Colourful and easy to digest, our Youth Consumer Advisor has consulted with us to confirm that they’re both appealing and suitable for the youth audience.

You can order these from the NZ Drug Foundation website if you'd like us to post these resources to you for distribution at your workplace, or download them now by using the links below.

YC Cards

NZ Drug Foundation: 'Did you know?' series

This series of short videos and tools is provided by the NZ Drug Foundation. These resources are designed to make it easier to have a discussion with young people around their alcohol and drug use.

Problematic Gaming Resources

Fact Sheets

'The World Health Organisation has listed Gaming Addiction as a Disorder and can lead to an unhealthy importance in someone’s life at the expense of other commitments and relationships. Despite this computer games are amazing, they are fun and are a central part of youth culture. Furthermore the professional gaming scene is followed by tens of millions of fans worldwide with competitions even now in NZ High Schools.'   (Caleb Putt, Sorted Youth AOD Service, Tauranga)

What then does this mean for young people's wellbeing, when should we or shouldn't we be worried, and what should we do in light of any of this?

Sorted Youth AOD Service have put together a range of youth friendly resources to help raise awareness for parents and professionals as well young people regarding how this issue can lead to ongoing problems and how to maintain balance. The following include:

Click here for more information on gaming resources.

We have a video series that is designed to help young people navigate their way through child and adolescent mental health services, e.g. Medication, Types of Therapy and Clinicians.

We also have one video designed to support families who are experiencing eating disorders, how they can help their child recover.

The videos were created for us by Dion Howard from Peregrino productions in conjunction with a group of young people from around the country and the Eating Disorders Association of New Zealand (EDANZ). 

What do clinicians do? What is the role of medication? What does therapy look like?
Occupational Therapist
Social Worker
Anxiety and SSRI Medication
Depression and SSRI Medication
Anti Psychotics
Child Psychotherapy
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Family Therapy
Eating disorders

More videos

  • Buzzed (Aotearoa NZ)
    Videos of influential New Zealanders sharing their story of alcohol, drugs and addiction and what helped them stop or reduce their use (includes Franko Heke, Nash, Richie Hardcore, Dave Letele, Sione Faumuina, Hadleigh Pouesi, Tiki Taane, Leigh Keepa, Mike Smith, and more).
  • Alcohol and the teenage brain (Australia)  
    Alcohol can have serious effects on the developing brain. This video clip “Under Construction: Alcohol and the teenage brain” produced by Professor Dan Lubman is a short animated video about the effects of alcohol on brain development and its impact on behaviour. (Turning Point, Australia)
  • Cannabis and the teenage brain (Australia)
    As with alcohol, there is an increasing concern about the direct effects of cannabis on adolescent brain development. The following video clip “Under Construction: Cannabis and the teenage brain” produced by Professor Dan Lubman is a short animated video about the effects of cannabis on the brain. Brain development, adolescence and short and long-term effects of cannabis are explained in simple language. (NPIC & Turning Point, Australia)



Apps & Websites

Youth Line For drugs and alcohol help, mind and body information, advice and more.
1737 Helpline Free call or txt helpline 24/7 where they offer brief 1:1 counselling support to focus on one or two key things someone needs support for.
The Level New Zealand Drug Foundation’s straight up guide for people who use drugs.
The Lowdown

Helping youth who experience depression. Free text 5626

Just a Thought Just a Thought offers evidence-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) online and is designed for people with mild-to-moderate symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Depression New Zealand This website is part of the National Depression Initiative.
Like Minds Like Mine Like Minds, Like Mine is a public education programme aimed at reducing the stigma and discrimination faced by people with experience of mental illness.
Mental Health Foundation Provides information and training, and advocates for policies and services that support people with experience of mental health problems, and also their families, whānau and friends.
Kina Trust Helping family and whānau understand the impact of a loved one’s addiction on their life.
Melon Health Youth focused digital therapeutics for physical, emotional and social health.
Aunty Dee Free wellbeing tool for young people to access help with problem solving. The target population is Pasifika and Māori young people aged 14-25 years, but is free for all to use.
SPARX A computer program that helps young people learn skills to deal with feeling down, depressed or stressed.
Smilling Mind Free web and app based mindfulness program for children and young people.
Te Rau Ora - Manaaki Ora App The free Manaaki Ora app is designed to provide guidance and tips on how to self-help, or support others who might be going through hard times or distress.
Mentemia A free wellbeing app developed and led by Sir John Kirwan.