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Are you looking for support with Youth Mental Health?

  The Youth Service Map is a tool created for rangatahi (youth) and their whānau (family) to discover and access the different services available across the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

Kia ora, we are WĀHI

We exist to create a space and an opening for rangatahi to learn and speak openly about mental health. Our mission is to provide a preventative approach to well-being by facilitating practical and activities-based programmes that are aimed at improving the overwhelming statistics of mental health issues and suicide within Aotearoa.

We envision a healthy and thriving Aotearoa

Our vision at Wāhi is to equip every rangatahi with the skills needed to overcome mental health challenges. Within the next 10 years, we aim to see our programmes being run nationwide. With this raising of awareness around youth mental health, we will see a trend of improved resilience and decreased suicide rates within rangatahi.

We have a preventative approach to youth mental health

The preventative model that Wāhi is built on aims to be an alternative to current solutions. Wāhi aims to interact with whanau and rangatahi as they walk their journey, equipping them with the skills and tools needed to navigate challenges. We believe each different service has a part to play in supporting hauora in our communities.

The Impact Awards is a nationwide initiative to celebrate and support young people in Aotearoa who are demonstrating incredible courage and leadership to make a difference for our communities and country.

Wāhi's founder, Luke was grateful to be nominated for and eventually win the 2023 Local Award. The award highlighted Luke's mahi in building resilience in rangatahi through the PETRA Programme.

The Preventative Education and Training for Resilient Adolescents (PETRA) Programme

The PETRA Programme provides practical and activities-based programmes to schools, alternative education and youth groups throughout
the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

These programmes aim to uplift, encourage and equip the youth of Aotearoa with skills and practical tools they can use to overcome emotional
challenges that may arise.