Under 25-year-olds with mild to moderate mental health needs now have free access to counselling services and support in Kapiti, with the introduction of the government’s new pilot scheme, Piki.
People will be able to access the pilot through many methods – self-referral, the mental health support line 1737, their GP, school referrals and the Piki website itself.
Three quarters of all lifetime cases of mental illness are developed by 24 years of age - and the scheme aims to intervene early to prevent small problems becoming major issues.
A mental health problem is when a person has symptoms such as stress, anxiety and depression that can make their daily life much more difficult than usual.
Health minister, David Clark, says it’s not always easy for younger people to navigate the challenges they face, or to know where to turn to for help when they need it.