Posted by Bruce Collier
Our club has had  connections with Youthline for several years particularly through our Youth Projects Group, and most recently made a grant of $7,000
Recently we visited their Dunedin premises and two of their staff, Brian (General Manager Otago & Southland) and Kara (Face to Face/Community Education Manager) gave us an interesting insight into the 50 year history of Youthline, and the services which the Otago branch provides from five sites across the province including helpline counselling, training, community education programmes, and face to face counselling. Some of the statistics presented, especially the rate of increase in the number of young people seeking mental health support over the past five years were quite frankly "scarey".