Young people can face complicated and varied challenges in their everyday life.
Their development through family, school, relationships and the transition to adulthood can be difficult. There are expectations of achievement, the ‘new connectivity’ of social media and the internet, global tensions and more that our youth of today are faced with.
Our specialist psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and nurses are experts in the development and care of children, young people and their families. We understand the interface with schools, healthcare services and other institutions, and we’re committed to collaborative welfare for young people.
We have a wide knowledge of the mental health difficulties in the growing experience of young people, and are here to help. We can assist with issues with identity, feelings, relationships, and more – supporting young people to lead their best lives.
What can our specialists help with?
Anxiety and distress
Depression and mood problems
School and socialisation challenges, educational assessments
Attention, impulse control and behavioural problems
Experiences of illness, trauma, abuse or loss
Compulsive behaviour problems
The autism spectrum
Movement and verbal tics or Tourette’s symptoms.
What causes mind health problems for children and adolescents?
There are many different causes such as biological factors, psychological factors and social factors – and there are also many approaches for help and recovery.
Any combination of these issues below may contribute to a young person experiencing mental or mind health challenges.
Biological factors – evidence from neuro-scientific research of genetic vulnerabilities, resilience and temperament of the young person, their experience of injury and illness, the gut biome, substance use, environmental issues.
Psychological factors – family attachment and upbringing, life stresses, trauma, losses.
Social factors – relationship upheavals, personal devaluation and bullying, marital, family and career transitions, impoverishment or cultural restrictions.
How we can help
A consultation with one of our specialist psychiatrists is a great place to start. During the first session we will help to clarify any issues and offer some advice on how to move forward. Family or carers are welcome to attend if this is more comfortable for the young person.
We can offer a range of care plans, psychological therapies and treatment recommendations, decided in collaboration. Medication options can also be discussed.
A young person’s physical health and behaviour are important components in the exploration of their mind health, and we may involve their GP and other specialists or school.
After an initial consultation with a specialist, progress can be continued through a variety of psychological therapies:
Group courses for young people
1:1 personal therapy
Programs for exercise
Art and music therapy options
External resources The New Zealand Mental Health Foundation website has up-to-date information about many related mental health problems. Read more about them here.
Who can help me with child and adolescent care at Re-centre?