Domino’s and Youthline team up against youth depression and suicide

As mum to teenagers, I’m deeply troubled by the latest figures around youth suicide. Nothing matters as much as our kids, and I hear way too often about kids who are really struggling, but feel there’s nowhere to go. Such is the state of our funding for these kids that most can’t even get help until they have already attempted suicide, so I’m all for supporting food outlets – especially one that’s so popular with the kids themselves! – that are doing their bit to provide young Kiwis with a bit more help.

This Thursday, 12th September, Youthline and Domino’s are teaming up for their annual ‘Doughraiser’ to raise much needed funds to help in the fight against youth depression and suicide.

Last year alone New Zealand lost 175 young people aged between 10 and 24 to suicide. With a focus on supporting our young people and their families, the $89,000 Youthline receives each year in government funding is just not enough to keep their vital services running.

The organisation relies heavily on individual donations, so the support of corporates, such as Domino’s, keeps the doors open. “Without the support from organisations like Domino’s, we simply wouldn’t be in a position to engage with the more than 35,000 individual young people we work with every year,” says Youthline CEO Shae Ronald. “Domino’s is helping us to close the gap in the funds we need to continue to provide our National Helpline Services free to young people around the country.”

In the past 12 months Domino’s has given Youthline over $90,000. Since the partnership began in 2015, they have provided approximately $320,000 in support. What does this mean in real terms? $320,000 equates to:

  • 14,100 young people receiving 10 minutes of phone support through the helpline, or
  • 71,749 text message responses, or
  • 376 newly trained volunteers.

This year’s Doughraiser will run on Thursday 12th September between the hours of 4pm-9pm. During that time $1 from each pizza sold will go to Youthline.

The company is hoping to raise over $35,000 on the night through all its stores nationwide. “Domino’s is focused on supporting our local communities and the partnership with Youthline is extremely important to us,” says Domino’s New Zealand General Manager Cameron Toomey. “We know how critical their work in the community is and we are privileged to be able to help support them. The Doughraiser on Thursday is a great excuse for Kiwi’s around the country to have their own pizza party and support a great cause at the same time.”

The Youthline Doughraiser is on Thursday 12th September. $1 from each pizza sold between the hours of 4pm-9pm will be donated to Youthline. To donate directly text ‘DONATE’ to 234. If you or someone you know requires Youthline’s services, please make a free call on 0800 376 633 or place a free text on 234. For more information on Domino’s, please visit www.dominos.co.nz. For more information on Youthline, please visit https://www.youthline.co.nz/doughraiser