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Boot it Longford ... Pupils support Gumboot Day by wearing their gummies to school last Friday.

Longford Intermediate School pupils and teachers wore their gumboots to school last Friday in support of Mike King’s I Am Hope charity.

Longford Intermediate teacher Candace Adams said mental health advocate Mike King had stopped in at the school last year while touring around New Zealand on a scooter, spreading a message of hope.

“Mike King came and spoke to the children about mental health and the importance of changing the perception of mental wellbeing.

“Teachers, too, have been talking to the children in class about the foundation,” she said.

It was important for everyone to be aware of communicating their concerns, she said.

“It is a good chance for the children to support something they may need or have a connection with.”

Longford school council member Hanna Lawlor (12) said holding a special day day helped people learn more about mental health.

“The school council decided this year we would support kids in need.

“More people are coming down with mental health issues. We need to know more about it in our community,” Hanna said.

Longford Intermediate raised $271.40.

Where to get help

  • Youthline: 0800 376 633 txt 234 or talk@youthline.co.nz
  • What’s Up: (for 5-18 year olds; 1pm-11pm): 08009428787
  • Kidsline (aimed at children up to age 14; 4pm-6pm weekdays): 800543754 (0800 kidsline)
  • Rainbow youth (LGBTQ youth helpline): (09)376-4155
  • Healthline: 0800611116
  • Lifeline Aotearoa: 0800543354
  • Suicide Crisis Helpline: 508828865 (0508TAUTOKO)
  • Samaritans: 0800726666
  • General mental health inquiries: 800443366
  • The Depression Helpline: 800111757.