In 2012, the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project (YMHP) was established to address concerns about mental health vulnerability in young people.
The YMHP promoted the mental health and wellbeing of young people with or at risk of developing mild to moderate mental health issues. It consisted of 26 initiatives across the Ministries of Health, Education, Social Development and Te Puni Kokiri.
Superu led the strategic evaluation of the YMHP as a whole. The evaluation is part of a wider move by government to assess how effectively government policies and practices are being applied.
In May 2017 Superu released two reports summarising key points from the evaluations of the project published in December 2016:
A Research Summary, Improving youth mental health: What has worked, what else could be done, shares insights on the progress and effectiveness of all 26 YMHP initiatives.
At a Glance: Spotlight on youth less well-served focuses on those groups of youth who were identified as not having their needs as well met.
In 2016, Superu published the phase 2 results of the strategic evaluation in three reports:
In 2015, the phase 1 strategic evaluation reports were published: