Mental health

New campaign encourages young people to do nothing, together

20 Apr 2022

Got a friend who’s feeling down? Do nothing with them. Because just being there really helps.

How To Do Nothing is a new campaign developed by Te Hiringa Hauora | Health Promotion Agency. Created alongside young people, for young people, the aim of the campaign is to remind them that they can help a friend or family member in need by just being there and doing nothing together.

Young people report that they want to help their friends through mental health struggles, but sometimes don’t know what to do or say. This campaign helps young people recognise that when someone is going through a tough time, they don’t have to know the right thing to say, or to be a trained mental health professional to help. Just being there can really help.

The audience for this campaign is 15 to 19-year-old rangatahi Māori and Pacific young people. In particular, those who are supporting (or want to support) friends and whānau going through mental distress or going through it themselves.

Find out more about the campaign here.