Youth Wellbeing Survey

The Canterbury DHB took over responsibility for coordinating social monitoring work from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) in March 2016.

CERA ran the last Youth Wellbeing Survey between September and December 2013. They asked young people questions aged between 12 and 24 about their wellbeing, where they go for help and the positive and negative impacts of the earthquakes. They also asked about future plans and what’s important to young people in the recovery.

The 2013 Youth Wellbeing Survey was developed and carried out by a working group that included the Ministry of Education, Canterbury District Health Board, Ministry of Youth Development, Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council, Waimakariri District Council, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Natural Hazards Research Platform, and the Collaborative for Research and Training in Youth Health and Development.

What's up? Youth wellbeing survey - have your say about the rebuild.

The results of the Youth Wellbeing Survey

The results of the survey were released in June 2014.

The survey findings highlighted themes and needs in three key areas summarised in the following infographics:

Some key findings from the Youth Wellbeing Survey

  • The large majority of respondents (81 percent) rate their quality of life positively.
  • More than half (57 percent) agree they feel a sense of community with others in their neighbourhood.
  • 81 percent say they have someone to turn to for help if faced with serious illness, injury or for emotional support.
  • 27 percent indicate they have always or most of the time experienced stress during the past 12 months that has had a negative effect on them.
  • When asked what excited them about them most about the rebuild, 19 percent of respondents indicated at least one thing that they found exciting. Places and spaces were the focus (new/modern facilities 28 percent, interesting places to hang out 10 percent, more sports and recreation facilities/opportunities 9 percent).
  • The majority of young people agreed that greater Christchurch provides good opportunities for future study (75 percent), employment (52 percent), careers (57 percent) and for their social lives (58 percent).

The top positives found in the survey included:

  • seeing progress being made in the rebuild – 75 percent report this as positive and for 27 percent it has had a strong positive impact on their wellbeing,
  • helping friends, family and their community – 75 percent positive and 20 percent strong positive impact on their wellbeing,
  • having an improved ability to cope through the earthquakes – 73 percent positive and 28 percent strong positive impact on their wellbeing,
  • being able to go to new/repaired places for entertainment – 71 percent positive and 26 percent strong positive impact on their wellbeing, and
  • having a stronger sense of community – 69 percent positive and 22 percent strong positive impact on their wellbeing.

The two greatest stressors related to the loss of:

  • spaces and places – 73 percent report a loss and for 25 percent it has had a major negative impact on their wellbeing, and
  • sports and recreation facilities – 63 percent report a loss and for 18 percent it has had a major negative impact on their wellbeing.

For more information, contact:

Annabel Begg
Ph:+64 3 364 1777


Support and assistance for youth

If you need information about someone to turn to for help or support, you may find one of the groups or people below to be helpful:

  • Youthline
    Need support or want to talk? Contact us. Call 0800 376633 or Free TXT 234.
  • 298 Youth Health Centre
    Provides free medical care and counselling services for those aged 10-24yrs. Call (03) 943 9298.
  • Alcohol Drug Helpline
    Offers free confidential information, insight and support on any problem, issue or query you have about your own or someone else’s drinking or drug taking. Call 0800 787 797.
  • Your doctor / general practitioner
  • School counsellor
  • Healthline
    Free advice from trained registered nurses. Call 0800 611 116.
  • Waipuna Youth and Community Services Trust
    Offers a wide range of group and activity programmes and other support for young people aged 14-25. Call (03) 386 2159.
Page last updated: 07/09/2017

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