St John is a charitable organisation, providing emergency ambulance services, and community health and youth leadership programmes across New Zealand.
As the emergency services arm of the health sector, our ambulances serve 90% of New Zealanders across 97% of the country.
In 2020, we answered more than 545,000 emergency calls and treated or transported more than 460,000 patients.
Our vision is to enhance the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders. So, this means we also play a strong role in meeting wider health needs.
We're working to:
- help people live independent lives,
- feel safe at home, school or work,
- improve equity in the health service,
- tackle underlying issues affecting wellbeing,
- build community resilience, and
- create connections for stronger communities.
This year, we're prioritising improved mental wellbeing for children and young people.
We've recently developed a programme called, Weaving Wellbeing Whātuia te Waiora, that focuses on the wellbeing of Year 7 and 8 students. The tools this programme offers will provide valuable coping skills to help our tamariki build resilience so that they can keep their heads above water – not just in the current climate but also into the future.
“I sometimes can’t understand why I react the way I do, and learning about my emotions and naming them as part of this course helps me to understand better.
It made me think about what might be a helpful way to think rather than unhelpful which means I can feel better about myself.”
Emily (11), participant in our
Weaving Wellbeing Whātuia te Waiora
pilot programme, New Plymouth.