Mike King: My generation needs to believe in young people

Publish Date
Saturday, 15 July 2017, 11:55AM

The goal of Mike King's Key to Life Charitable Trust is curbing suicide and opening dialogue around the issue.

Mike King and his Key to Life Charitable Trust are one of three nominees up for the Hiwa i te Rangi Award for Community as part of this year's Matariki Awards, run by Maori Television and Te Puni Kokiri. Award winners will be announced in a ceremony at Auckland War Memorial Museum next week.

King told Jack Tame the way adults treat youth is crushing their self esteem, which leads to a cycle where kids don't have the confidence to achieve their potential. 

"Just take the Government's Youth Report from 2012 - John Key commissioned a special report, and was brilliant. It had every expert, every academic, every leading clinician, all the greatest minds in this area talking about the problem. But in the whole document there was not one young person - they ignored them."

"It's because the thinking has always been: Young people are the problem, so they can't contribute, we must put them in a room and then tell them what their issues are and then tell them what their solutions are. If you look at it in the cold harsh light of day like we are now, it's ridiculous. It further undermines the confidence of our young people."


Where to get help

If you are worried about your or someone else's mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or local mental health provider. However, if you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, call police immediately on 111.

Need to talk? Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.

Or if you need to talk to someone else:

Lifeline – 0800 543 354
Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
Youthline – 0800 376 633 or free text 234
Kidsline – 0800 54 37 54 (for under 18s)
What's Up – 0800 942 8787 (for 5–18 year olds 1pm–10pm weekdays and 3pm–10pm weekends)
Depression Helpline – 0800 111 757 or free text 4202
Samaritans – 0800 726 666
OUTLine NZ – 0800 688 5463
Healthline – 0800 611 116

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