Online resources for schools

Health Promoting Schools

Provided by the Ministry of Health, the Health Promoting Schools website contains high quality, moderated, up-to-date information, educational resources, research and case studies for schools and health professionals.

Mental health matters: a health education resource for junior secondary school

This resource was developed by the Mental Health Foundation as a result of public concern for the mental wellbeing of young New Zealanders. It is written for secondary schools at the Year 9 and 10 level, and it is recommended that this resource is used as part of an ongoing health education programme.

Guidelines for Mentally Healthy Schools schools.pdf

This resource aims to maximise opportunities for promoting mental health in school settings. The framework integrates the three areas of curriculum and learning, school climate and ethos, and community involvement. It has been developed to build upon the multitude of practices that are already in place in a school to promote wellbeing, to build a sense of community and to foster a sense of belonging.

Guidelines for supporting young people with stress, anxiety and/or depression

This online resource aims to help anyone a young person confides in to support their wellbeing, including support for mild to moderate mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and mild depression.

The guidelines are designed to support people 'walking alongside' a young person to help them access mental health advice and support.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing

The New Economics Foundation (NEF) conducted a review of the most up-to-date evidence and found that building five actions into people's day-to-day lives is important for wellbeing. Introducing any of these five actions will result in the person feeling the benefits.

Bullying Prevention and Response


Bullying prevention and response is a guide for schools providing practical advice on how to prevent bullying and respond effectively when it does occur.

Digital Technology: Safe and responsible use in schools

The purpose of this guide is to support schools in the management of safe and responsible use of digital technology for learning.

Preventing and Responding to Suicide emergencies/SuicidePreventionOCT2013.pdf

This Ministry of Education resource kit provides information for creating a positive, safe environment in schools.

Positive Behaviour for Learning

Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) initiatives help parents, whanau, teachers, early childhood centres and schools address problem behaviour, improve children's wellbeing and increase educational achievement. PB4L is a long-term, systemic approach involving 10 initiatives. These include whole-school change initiatives, targeted group programmes and individual student support services.

Ministry of Education - Physical Activity for Healthy, Confident Kids activity for healthy confident kids-guidelines-1.pdf

The purpose of these guidelines is to help school communities to plan and provide opportunities for their students to enjoy many physical activity experiences, both within the school curriculum and in co-curricular contexts.

Aotearoa Youth Voices Toolkit publications/aotearoa-youth-voices-toolkit.html 

The toolkit is a practical guide filled with tools and ideas on how young people can participate in decision-making.

S.K.I.P - Strategies with Kids - Information for Parents

SKIP is a network of individuals, community groups, government agencies, workplaces and national NGOs, working together to support families and make New Zealand a better place for kids to grow up.

Ministry of Education - Curriculum in Action

This website includes many different online versions of Ministry books, across a broad spectrum of topics (including Positive Puberty, Everybody Belongs, Change, Loss and Grief, and Friendships).

SPARX information for young people

This brochure advertises the virtual world that Sparx can transport people to if they are feeling down or stressed.

Additional international resource

What works in promoting social and emotional wellbeing and responding to mental health problems in schools? (UK) and-emotional-wellbeing-in-schools-2015.pdf 

This 'one-stop' advice and framework document provides the most up-to-date and evidence informed advice and guidance for schools on 'what works' in promoting emotional wellbeing and mental health in schools.