Bringing hope to people experiencing mental distress.

Many people suffer from mental distress at some point in their lives. Yet, in New Zealand many people suffer alone. With stigma surrounding the non-physical symptoms of mental health, it can be hard for people who are struggling to reach out.

  • The NZ Health survey found that 1 in 6 (16%) of adults have been diagnosed with a common mental health problem (e.g. depression, bipolar, or anxiety) at some point in their lives.
  • Women were 1.6 times more likely to have been diagnosed as suffering from mental distress than men.
  • Young people are not immune from mental distress. With so many changes happening in their lives as many as 1 in 7 young people experience depression before the age of 24, and  
  • 21% of students in NZ high schools report self-harm in the last 12 months.

A Girl Called Hope is a residential care and life-development programme working with young women aged 16 to 28 years who face life-controlling issues such as anxiety, depression, disordered eating, self-harm, suicidal ideation and unplanned pregnancy. The approach used by A Girl Called Hope is a structured six-month residential programme provided free of charge for young women aged 16 to 28 years. The programme is designed to equip them with life principles, social skills, training in nutrition and fitness, career guidance and counselling. This unique programme uses a holistic approach based on Christian principles and values addressing the physical, psychological and emotional, spiritual and relational well-being of the young woman who seek help.

How you can pass it forward

1.   Join the “Walk for Hope”
Walk with us, and fundraise for a Girl Called Hope. Grab some friends, fundraise and start your Saturday off with a 5km or 10km walk or run around Mt Eden. October 15th, 10am.

2.   Donations
Either sponsor a walker / runner involved in the Walk for Hope or you can do a direct donation through the ‘A Girl Called Hope Website’ 

3.   Take some snaps
A female photographer is needed to capture the Walk for Hope. If you are handy with a camera and free on the 15th of October please contact Fran Brown-Haysom at