Getting to the heart of the matter

Workshops for Employers and Schools who want to be the Difference in the Communities they Serve

It’s no secret New Zealand is facing a youth mental health crisis

Anxiety and depression are on the rise amongst teens, and New Zealand’s shocking youth suicide statistics are among the highest in the OECD. 

While lockdown helped for some of our rangatahi, leaving lockdown hasn’t helped. Anxiety statistics for our rangatahi are the highest we’ve ever known.

The good news is that there is A LOT that employers, parents and schools can do to help.

These workshops have been designed to give employers and parents knowledge and insight into the best way to communicate with their rangatahi.


If the way in which your parents are communicating with their teens isn’t working, it’s time to change it up. And I’ve got the tools to show your parents how to do just that.

It’s not worth using the same strategies they know don’t work, that will only dig the hole deeper. Instead I teach parents to make little tweaks to the way they communicate with their teens that really do work.

Imagine having adolescents to teach who have parents that know how to listen to them… Imagine how different it would feel teaching a class of students who are equipped with the skills of active listening and conflict resolution, skills they had seen modelled by their parents.

Workshop topics for parents are:

Should I be worried?

How to walk that fine line between recognising the signs of anxiety and depression and ‘normal’ teenage behaviour.

Roadblocks to Communication

Recognising the 18 roadblocks to communication we often revert to under times of stress. We look at how they fit into the Karpman Drama Triangle, and how we can flip this triangle on its head.

This workshops grows parental awareness, allowing them to create a new, empowering dynamic in their relationships.


Workshops for Staff


I understand 100% what it feels like to be running a busy classroom. 

In this workshop I will cover how to keep an eye out for ‘red flags,’ those subtle warning signs of anxiety and depression that leave tell tale clues when you know what to look for. 

I wanted to thank you for the wonderful workshop on Wednesday night. We have had a lot of feedback both from parents and teachers on how much they enjoyed this. They certainly got a lot of takeaways/tools to use when communicating with their tweens/teens 

Sharron Buer

Learning Support Co-ordinator, St Heliers School

Melanie is a highly effective speaker, who clearly models and explains how to effectively communicate with your rangatahi to build positive relationships and support them through challenging times. Our parent community thoroughly enjoyed Melanie’s workshop Roadblocks to Communication, it was highly informative and engaging.
The key takeaways were how essential communication is to build and maintain our relationship with our rangatahi. We learned effective ways to communicate, and communication roadblocks we use but may not even be aware of!
Melanie is very organised and well prepared. The logistics were seamless.
Mary Pretorius

Deputy Principal, Pasadena Intermediate School


A Full or half-day individualised, interactive training session to workshop the challenges of employing adolescents and young adults and harnessing their potential.

No more:

  • lost hours of productivity

  • scrambling at the last minute for a replacement because they rang in ‘sick’

  • training them just to have them leave

  • showing up to work late

  • turning up but doing such a poor job they may as well have stayed home

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The presentation and workshops were enjoyed and a great deal of valuable information was imparted.

The handouts were useful and people referred to them on the day.  

My team commented that they enjoyed your warmth, knowledge and personal experience.

I have had at least two people who have used the tools you shared on how to manage a panic attack while with students.

Kitt Foreman