Mental health topic guide for teens

Mental health topic guide

Kia ora koutou. We recommend books and websites for teens that will help you learn more about mental health and wellbeing.

Mental health - Non-fiction

Mental health - Fiction

Well-being - Non-fiction

Well-being - Fiction

Mental health organisations and websites for teens

  • The Lowdown is a website to help young New Zealanders recognise and understand depression or anxiety.
  • Youthline Need to talk? Youthline is there to help.
  • Live for Tomorrow is a project by youth organisation Zeal which reaches struggling young people with messages of hope and positive change, online and in school. Whether it’s mental health, identity, bullying, self-harm, alcohol use, suicide or something else, they are here and they care.
  • is dedicated to equipping teenagers with the information and skills they need to negotiate the adolescent years and build meaningful lives. The materials, based on credible research and linked to the health curriculum, give young people strategies for solving problems, handling stress, building resilience and negotiating relationships.
  • is a website brought to you by New Zealand Red Cross and is a place for young people to find tips and inspiration to live life well.
  • Common Ground support for young people to manage hard times and enjoy happier lives.
  • Services for youth CINCH (Community Information Christchurch) listing of services aimed at young people.
  • Mental Health Education Resource Centre in Christchurch provides information, a free public library, as well as professional development and community education about mental health, wellbeing, mental illness, and addiction.
  • Community and Public Health features a wide range of health information.
  • All Right? is a campaign that gets Cantabrians talking to their friends, family members, neighbours and colleagues about whether they’re really All Right.
  • Mental Health Foundation makes mental health everybody’s business. Supports wellbeing with great resources including the Wellbeing Game.
  • has information and support for those going through grief and other difficult situations.
  • provides phone, text, email and live chat support to anyone who has issues with alcohol or other drugs, or who is supporting someone with these issues.

Reading in Mind Book Scheme

The Reading in Mind Book Scheme for mental health and wellbeing recommends books on a range of mental health issues like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and worry. Here is their list of recommendations for young people:


Good Reads - Recommended reading from the Mental Health Foundation

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