Who we are

Kenzie's Gift is New Zealand's leading charity committed to improving the emotional well-being and mental health of children, young people and their families affected by serious illness, a diagnosis of cancer, or a bereavement in the family.

Our vision is:

One where New Zealand promotes and nurtures good mental health and emotional well-being for all families affected by serious illness or bereavement within the family. 

Our mission is:

To improve outcomes for children and young people affected by serious illness or bereavement within the family and who may be at increased risk of experiencing emotional health difficulties. to promote the emotional well-being and good mental health of all children, young people and their families affected by serious illness or bereavement within the family.

Why the work of Kenzie's Gift matters

A diagnosis of cancer, living with serious illness, or a family bereavement are some of the most difficult and challenging life events a family will ever experience. By providing early intervention, Kenzie's Gift fosters coping and resilience strategies to assist in supporting, restoring and maintaining emotional well-being and good mental health. Our services provide a safe and secure environment where children and young people can fulfill their potential.

Early intervention is vital

Investing in services and support for children, young people and their families affected by serious illness, cancer, or bereavement not only reduces the misery, loneliness and trauma associated with such family challenges, but saves millions in future costs to the health and welfare system, education and social costs.

I never thought about any of this until I got cancer. Now I understand the need for the support Kenzie's Gift offers and how important it is for children to have access to it.

- Nesha's son Cody was helped by Kenzie's Gift

A gift

When serious illness, a diagnosis of cancer, or a bereavement occurs within a family, everyone is affected.

Kenzie's Gift supports children, young people and their families through these emotionally challenging times.

For children and young adults, the impact can be intense, emotionally traumatic and long-lasting. The intervention of clinically proven therapies at this difficult time can give them the tools and coping mechanisms they need to deal with the fear, anxiety, grief and loss experienced when they, their siblings, or a parent are diagnosed with cancer or serious illness, or there is a bereavement within the family. Such timely interventions can also help to avoid or minimise emotional difficulties in later life.

Our free one-to-one therapy programmes are based on the latest evidence and research and delivered by registered health professionals who are skilled and passionate about the work they do.

Kenzie's Gift is endorsed and supported by well-known writer, presenter and psychologist Nigel Latta.

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