Supporting Youthline to help young people in need

As Youthline's Principal Partner, we're helping accelerate the vital work they do, and connecting more young people with free mental health support.

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Talking is the first step to hope

New Zealand is facing a youth mental health crisis. That's why we partner with Youthline, so our rangatahi can get the mental health support they need, and ultimately, live life one step ahead

Read on to learn about how ASB and Youthline are working together and where you can access mental health help for young people as well as adults.

ASB and Youthline - Working together

Taking Youthline 24/7

Through our partnership, we've helped Youthline bring on overnight counsellors so now young people can get the support they need, day and night.

Mental wellbeing for schools

We're working with Youthline to provide young people with new ways to get support. Together, we co-created Youthline Leadership Connect, a mental wellbeing leadership programme being piloted in selected secondary schools in 2023 and 2024.

Remove the stigma

One in five teenagers experience symptoms of depression. That's why we need to normalise talking about mental health. We want our rangatahi to know that whatever's going on, it's okay to reach out to Youthline and ask for help.

Where to find mental health help & support


Provides free counselling via text, phone, online chat or face-to-face. They also have free resources for youth, and adults supporting youth.

Free call 0800 37 66 33 or free text 234 anytime day or night.



A free counselling service for adults going through a difficult time or supporting young family members with mental health issues.

Free call or text 1737.



Why is ASB supporting Youthline?

ASB has a long and proud history of supporting New Zealanders.

Sadly, the past decade has seen a rapid and concerning rise in psychological distress and suicide rates among young Kiwis. With the ongoing impact of recent events expected to deepen this mental health crisis, there's urgent need to protect and promote the mental wellbeing of our young people.

As Youthline's principal partner, ASB wants all young people to know it's ok to seek help, and that Youthline offers support for free, day or night.

How is ASB supporting Youthline?

As Youthline's principal partner, ASB is accelerating the vital work Youthline does, by:

  • Bringing on overnight counsellors so Youthline's Helpline is now 24/7.
  • Launching the Youthline Leadership Connect programme, a mental wellbeing leadership programme being piloted in selected secondary schools in 2023 and 2024.

The partnership launched in 2022 and we'll evolve how we work together in the years to come.

What are the sources for the mental health statistics shared?

  • New Zealand is facing a youth mental health crisis (Source: Youth19 Research Report 2019)
  • 1 in 5 teenagers experience symptoms of depression (Source: Youth19 Research Report 2019)
  • Teenagers consider mental health to be the biggest issue facing their generation (Source: Youthline's State of the Generation, Colmar Brunton, 2023)