WDHB celebrates Youth Week 2017

24 May 2017


Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is celebrating this year’s  Youth Week  (26 May to 4 June) by sharing a selection of questions to, and answers from, young people happy to share their views on the things that matter most to them.


“To acknowledge Youth Week’s theme ‘Our voices count; count our voices’, WDHB staff working for SUPP and the Infant Child Adolescent Mental Health and Addiction Service, asked young people aged between 12 and 19 years a number of questions we felt would really give them a voice,” says WDHB youth support worker Michele Edwards.


“Youth Week  is a great opportunity for us to recognise the wonderful contribution that young people bring to the New Zealand community so what better way to do this than ask them what it is that inspires them and what it is that they value most.


“Their responses were amazing, and I want to thank Whanganui Intermediate and Cullinane College for the support they gave to this project.”


What do you wish your parent (or other adults) knew about you?

Just because we’re young doesn’t mean we don’t have life experience too, we’ve been through a lot.  We often feel misunderstood and under a huge amount of pressure from adults around us.


What would stop you accessing services, eg Dr/Nurse, counsellor, gym, bank… in our community?

Money, transport, support from family and friends and availability.


What qualities do you admire in people?

Kindness, humour, loyalty, consistency, trustworthy, ability to go against the popular option.


What motivates you?

Family, friends, goals, success.


What is the best advice anybody has ever given you?

Be yourself; persevere; do not try to live up to the expectations others put on you, live up to your own.


What’s your best idea to change the world?

Get rid of Donald Trump; just be nice; have a Lego world; never get stuck in the past or worry about the future, stay in the present moment.


What’s your biggest worry?

Disappointing people, boring life, losing someone, financial worries, falling away from what I stand for.


What’s your best memory?

Family holiday, time with friends, Marist Young Neighbours, too many to choose!


If you could give any advice to your peers/parents/teachers what would it be?

Never give up; don’t let anyone bring you down; hear us out; do whatever you want to do and do it well; when you have nothing, have your word.


What question/s do you want to ask your parents (or other adults) but don’t know how?

What’s for tea? Nothing, I already ask them everything. What advice do you wish you had at my age? Can I have some money?