Tū Kotahi – School-Based Programmes 

“Ka Pu te Ruha – Ka Hao te Rangatahi”

When the old net is cast aside, the new net goes fishing. This proverbial saying refers to the younger generation taking up the reigns left by their elders.

Tū Kotahi – School-Based Programmes

Tū Kotahi is an innovative programme that bridges mental health & wellbeing into the school environment whilst fostering connections to improve youth wellbeing in a whole of school approach. ​

The pilot team included young leaders employed as youth champions, alongside a team leader, registered health professionals, and support from key partners.  

This included:   ​

  • Development of a youth peer to peer workforce (Tū Kotahi Champions)​
  • Selection of senior students (Tū Kotahi Leaders)​
  • Education and ongoing training, supervision, and support ​
  • Development of a Youth Mental Health App. ​
  • Development of clinical role (Navigator) ​
  • Clinical Oversight

Through the pilot, we observed four dynamic secondary schools, that are dedicated and go over and beyond for their students’ wellbeing.  Each school recruited student leaders, alongside dedicated school pastoral care teams and staff, who are building the momentum for strong youth to youth support networks; with these, an increase in access to positive role models for students and increased access to help when needed.

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