Child & Youth Support

Tamariki and rangatahi need and deserve support and care from their community as they journey through what are sometimes difficult life challenges.

Many people first experience mental health challenges at a young age, and a listening ear and the right support at the right time can make a big difference for their futures. Our residential and community support services are available for tamariki and youth who have mental health or substance challenges, or require care and protection services. 

Emerge Aotearoa works alongside the young person and their whānau to provide the support they need to create a hopeful and positive future. We aim to build strong and trusting relationships with all and honour the strengths and gifts young people bring. 



EaseUp is a mobile community-based service that supports young people who are experiencing challenges with their mental wellbeing and/or alcohol and other drug use.

The service is offered in the form of short term, brief interventions and is available for youth aged between 12-24 living in Auckland, Waitematā and Waikato.

At EaseUp, Peer Support Workers and Clinicians work in partnership with young people. The service provides holistic support to fit the needs of each young person, which is delivered where they feel most comfortable such as in their home or a local park.

Young people with mild to moderate mental health and substance challenges can create goals that the service will help them achieve. Feedback from youth who EaseUp has worked alongside has been overwhelmingly positive.



Tiakina is an innovative youth mental health and wellbeing hub, based in Christchurch. We provide daily group activity sessions, morning and evening, for young people aged 14-19 years with complex mental health needs.
Rather than removing people from their home environment and their natural supports, they come to Tiakina for a structured programme during the day and return home in the evening. 
This routine minimises disruption to their lives and helps to ensure that connections, like those with siblings, are maintained. The maintenance of this routine helps young people transition back to other structured activities such as school, study or work.

The Bach

The Bach is an Auckland community-based respite service for young people aged 16-25, that also offers a day programme on weekends.
This service is provided for youth who are experiencing mental health challenges and require extra support for a short time. Different activities are planned each day along with practical learning and mini-workshops about enhancing coping and life skills.
Workshops include:
  • Mindfulness 
  • Healthy lifestyle  
  • Sensory modulation
  • Goal setting
  • Ways of thinking
  • Relaxation
  • Creativity
  • Cooking