We are currently researching into

Mental Health

Issues relating to mental health are becoming increasingly salient with a rise in the incidence and prevalence of conditions such as depression, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder and ADHD. This proliferation over the past few decades is as varied as it is complex; including a greater awareness and increase in diagnoses, to the role played by environmental factors.

Funding Amount:

$2,263,204.00

In Progress Research

Pilot study of wearable technologies to help young people sense and regulate anxiety

24/05/2022 Building resilience in adolescents is vital to sustaining wellbeing and reducing mental distress. In New Zealand nearly one quarter of young people experience anxiety or stress, which can place them at elevated risk of poor mental health and suicide. This project, led by Dr Rosie Dobson of the University of Auckland, will investigate how wearable technology can be used…

Sleep Yourself Healthy: A New Initiative for Improving Teen Mental Health and Wellbeing

Adequate sleep is essential during the teenage years, particularly when it comes to mental health and wellbeing. Yet many teenagers are sleep deprived. So, how can we support our teens to get enough sleep during this critical time? Professor Barbara Galland and Dr Liza Edmonds believe they have the answer.   Teenagers and Sleep  During the teenage years, the brain and…

Dissemination of ancestral knowledge by a range of methods to improve the health and wellbeing of children

Poipoia Ngā Tamariki – Nurturing our children’ brings to the fore successful values and practices of childrearing held within whānau, hapū and iwi for many generations. It focuses on the sharing of knowledge that supported the belief held by our tūpuna that our tamariki and mokopuna are treasured parts of whānau, hapū and iwi. This project, led by Professor Leonie Pihama of…

Health hack: how an app may improve mental health and wellbeing for teens

Mental illness has risen significantly in young people in Aotearoa over the last ten years. Given the evidence that lack of sleep can affect mental health, researchers from the University of Auckland propose a novel solution to help sleep-deprived young people using ‘Ninja’ sleep skills.    Young people need their sleep  Sleep is especially important for young people – when the…

Geospatial study of environmental effects on mental health of children

Mental health is one of the biggest health challenges facing New Zealand. One in four NZ young people will experience a mental health issue before they turn 18 years old. Inequities in mental health issues and care are persistent and worsening, with Māori and Pasifika over-represented. The determinants of mental health are multiple and complex, and increasingly the influence of…

Shining a light into dark places

Dr Sarah Fortune Picking up the pieces after self-harm Nobody likes talking about suicide. But it’s something we have to address. It’s a sad truth that self-harm is a relatively common occurrence among young people in New Zealand with between 25-50% reporting they have self-harmed. To help families support young people struggling with self-harm, Cure Kids recently approved funding for…

A randomised control trial of Match Emoji

Mr Russell Pine, Victoria University Psychological distress and disorders among adolescents in New Zealand are well documented. Although various treatments are available, many mental health issues remain untreated and often undiagnosed. Using digital formats to provide mental health interventions In an attempt to narrow the treatment gap, researchers have adapted existing mental health interventions into digital formats. Despite their efficacy…

Mindfulness treatment for ADHD

ADHD is a common and debilitating neuro-developmental disorder that affects 5 to 10% of New Zealand children. It is associated with higher rates of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, defiance disorders, risk-taking behaviour and criminal offending. Health and societal costs associated with ADHD are significant. Several New Zealand studies have indicated that young people with ADHD engage in higher frequencies of…

Investigating the impact of methamphetamine before birth

People who have more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) – such as maltreatment, parental substance abuse, poverty and/or parental mental illness – tend to have more physical and mental health problems as adults than those who report no ACEs. They also run a higher risk of underage sex, teen pregnancy, problematic alcohol and substance use, and suicidal behaviour. Ultimately, they are…

Improved hospital reporting of self-harm to reduce youth suicide

Dr Sarah Fortune University of Otago New Zealand has one of the highest child suicide rates in the world. Around 10 children between the ages of 10 and 14 years die each year by suicide. Maori females are particularly vulnerable. Collecting accurate data on self-harm is critical to better understand what’s causing New Zealand’s high child suicide rates. Suicide ideation,…

Te Taonga o Taku Ngākau: Ancestral Knowledge as a Framework for Wellbeing for Tamariki Māori

Dr Leonie Pihama University of Waikato In 2017, Cure Kids collaborated on a joint, contestable funding round with The National Science Challenge, A Better Start. The aim of the partnership was to fund high-quality, mission-led research focused on child and youth well-being, specifically in the areas of childhood obesity, early literacy and learning, mental health problems, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).…

High intensity interval training and mental health in adolescents

Dr Nigel Harris Auckland University of Technology In 2017, Cure Kids collaborated on a joint, contestable funding round with The National Science Challenge, A Better Start. The aim of the partnership was to fund high-quality, mission-led research focused on child and youth well-being, specifically in the areas of childhood obesity, early literacy and learning, mental health problems, and autism spectrum disorder…

MyTeen-Increasing competence and mental health literacy

Dr Joanna Ting Wai Chu University of Auckland In 2017, Cure Kids collaborated on a joint, contestable funding round with The National Science Challenge, A Better Start. The aim of the partnership was to fund high-quality, mission-led research focused on child and youth well-being, specifically in the areas of childhood obesity, early literacy and learning, mental health problems, and autism spectrum…

Is there an app for that?

Professor Sally Merry University of Auckland What is the problem? It is becoming increasingly apparent that early stages of life are critical for social and emotional development. This lends itself to the notion that early intervention ought to have manifest short-term and long-term benefits for children. Delayed treatment of a number of illnesses and conditions can result in increased public…





Real stories of kids living with Mental Health Issues

Jax

Early on Jaxon’s mum Tash noticed he was not achieving any of the milestones…

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