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Youth voices to help guide the recovery

Tuesday, July 22, 2014   Posted in: Earthquake By: Administrator With tags: wellbeing, mental wellbeing

The results of the 2013 Youth Wellbeing Survey have provided decision makers with food for thought, highlighting areas of need as well as progress for young people aged between 12 and 24 years.

The survey asked more than 3,300 young people about their wellbeing, the impacts of the earthquakes on them, what is important to them in the recovery and their future plans. CERA Chief Executive Roger Sutton says it showed in particular that the loss of recreational places to go and hang out with friends or play sport has really affected young people.

“Seventy per cent of those surveyed tell us they have lost access to these places since the earthquakes, and the loss of spaces and sports and recreational facilities remain the top two stressors for young people.”

Mr Sutton says despite the loss of spaces and places, the Youth Wellbeing Survey shows that most young people are doing well in post-quake greater Christchurch and reveals positive wellbeing trends.

“Four out of five young people told us they have someone to turn to when they need help and over half feel a sense of community with others in their neighbourhood.”

Two-thirds of respondents have emotional wellbeing scores that indicate they have good mental wellbeing. Roger Sutton says the survey results are a reminder of how important the wellbeing of our young people is now and for the future of greater Christchurch.

The Youth Wellbeing Survey was led by CERA in consultation with youth and health organisations in Christchurch and the Waimakariri and Selwyn districts. It was carried out from 23 September until 13 December 2013.

The survey findings highlight themes and needs in three key areas: emotional wellbeing, development of spaces and places, and future plans and prospects.

Find out more about the results of the 2013 Youth Wellbeing Survey.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch