The statistics are sobering. New Zealand has the worst rate of youth suicide in the 34 OECD countries with two children or teenagers taking their lives every week on average. Over 2800 intentional self-harm hospitalisations were youth. Children living in poverty are three times more likely to suffer mental health problems. A third to half of all youths engage in hazardous drinking.
We have heard in the media about the shortage of mental health practitioners and experts available and long waiting periods for young people to get the help they need. How can we equip ourselves to pastorally care for families in our communities and churches?
This conference is for Pastors, Youth leaders/Pastors, Counsellors, Teachers, families and anyone who is interested in the mental health of our youth in NZ.
The Mental Health and the Church conference hosted by Willow Creek Association and Equip Ministries is on in June/July. Keynote speakers Nathan Wallis/Kathryn Berkett, Christeen McKay and Elliot Taylor are all experts in this field. Register here
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