Counselling In Schools

Helping Kiwi kids live their full potential.

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School Counsellors

City's Counselling In Schools programme is an expression of our heart for young people to overcome challenges and live their full potential.

Partnering with local primary schools in Christchurch, we're delivering free mental health care services for students facing a variety of social, emotional and behavioural challenges.

Our fully qualified team of counsellors offer support and guidance for students in need, to address depression, anger, anxiety, social isolation, parental separation and self-image concerns.

With your help, we can equip and empower the emerging generation for the future, through encouragement, love and support.



Weekly volume of students assisted by the programme.



Trained & qualified counsellors approved by the church.



Operating in Opawa School & Banks Avenue School.

“We are incredibly appreciative that City Church heard our plea for help and that they have been providing support.”

Toni Burnside
Principal, Banks Avenue School

The Quake Kids

Since the September 2010 earthquake, the number of children with mental health disorders has soared across the Canterbury region.



Demand for child & youth mental health services.



Average waiting period for initial mental health appointment.


More Likely

Show symptoms of stress disorder compared to other Kiwi kids.

Make A Difference

With your support we can continue to help children in Christchurch and expand the programme to more primary schools.


Key Benefits


Free on-site mental health care for students during regular school hours. Reduces otherwise lengthy waiting periods for assistance.


Removes barriers to learning, while improving engagement in the classroom, at home and play.

Early Intervention

Identify and resolve challenges early to maximise development to become healthy adults.


Equips and empowers children to achieve their full social and educational potential. A valuable resource for teachers seeking a professional opinion for students in need.


Assistance for children to better understand and regulate their feelings.


A dedicated programme for primary schools in Christchurch where mental health care is needed most.

Counselling In Schools is a City Legacy initiative.