Recovering hope

Answers to an epidemic of isolation and mental suffering are as close as our own two hands. Esther and Wilson Chan share their perspective as church and community members who come alongside young people. Wilson is the Youth Minister at St George’s in Epsom, Auckland....

Piecing together mental health

The number of students who report poor levels of emotional wellbeing at Victoria University has remained at 45% for the past three years. Gerard Hoffman, Manager of Student Counselling Services, wrote in Salient on 10 April, 2017 that factors include: Increasing...

Walk with me

When I was in my third year of studying medicine, things in my life started spiralling downhill. I was hardly sleeping or eating, was having trouble concentrating at university, and was feeling incredibly low and anxious about life. I was having thoughts that my...

Youth suicide is not inevitable

Judge Andrew Becroft is Children’s Commissioner, a former student leader with Auckland EU, and more recently served as Principal Youth Court Judge. He also chairs TSCF’s board. A longer version of this article ran in the NZ Herald on 4 August, 2017. We all have hopes...

Ravi draws Dunedin together

Every now and then we get an opportunity to be part of something big. Something that feels a bit special. For the team in Dunedin, this year, that occasion was Ravi Zacharias visiting our university for a week in late February and early March. There are few...

We’re all ‘professionals’

New Zealand has the developed world’s highest rate of youth suicide, according to Unicef. And now Parliament is preparing to discuss (again) a bill that would allow any adult who finds life “unbearable” to schedule a less messy, doctor-assisted suicide. Aotearoa isn’t...