Normalising Mental Health
It’s just a conversation

I AM HOPE has one goal - positive societal attitudinal change. We know our youth struggle with distressing self-talk and overthinking, leaving them feeling isolated and alone.

When we show them these thoughts are universal, we can give our kids a better life.

Giving Kids Hope, as Advocates, as Friends and with Counsellors

Over the past 10 years, we have spoken and listened to over 300,000 kids in schools from the top to the bottom of New Zealand.

We have created books for our youngest kids, barista trained struggling youth with community coffee carts, and enabled free counselling for over 10,000 young people.

When our kids hear that self-doubt and overthinking is a shared experience, they are more likely to seek formal help earlier in both the short and long-term.

Gumboot Friday
FREE and timely counselling for young people across Aotearoa on their mental health journey

When we started going into schools, we quickly learned that some kids needed more than just a chat. As our budget for sponsoring kid’s counselling blew up, we knew something had to change. From this, Gumboot Friday was born.

Since its inception, Gumboot Friday has spent over 3 million dollars on counselling for over 10,000 rangatahi, and it’s only getting bigger.

Our dream is that one day soon any child in New Zealand can quickly get the help they want when they need it - no questions asked.

Gumboot Friday Website

It is because of our generous partners that we can continue our mission

All across the country, amazing organisations have stepped up to support our youth. The financial and technical assistance of our partners is what powers us to change the face of New Zealand.

If you think this is you or your organisation, don’t hesitate to get involved. Contact us here.

Our People

Every member of the I AM HOPE Team understands our cause because of their own experiences. We all personally know how much it matters to change the youth mental health conversation in New Zealand.

Mike King
Founding Ambassador
I am dedicated to driving a positive change in societal attitudes towards mental health and ensuring a better future for our young people.
Michelle Cogger
Administration Ambassador
I love being part of I Am Hope because it enables me to be part of a positive team that gives our young people hope and to help families find hope after loss.
Carla King
I feel super privileged to be a part of the incredible I Am Hope whanau. We are a diverse group of people who offer a wide range of skill and expertise. I love this diversity and the way we collaborate together. We all have a passion for youth mental health and a strong advocates for our most vulnerable children. #theyareallourchildren
Michaiah Simmons
Events Manager
I lost my partner to suicide when I was younger and know first hand the devastation that lack of support when struggling with mental health causes. As a survivor of my own battles, I am a passionate advocate for timely support for young people. I'm grateful for the opportunity to use my expertise for something I really believe in.
Anita Hanna
Head of Marketing
My role here is to ensure our marketing and communications are delivering our key messages and normalising the conversation around mental health. As a parent I see first hand how important the work that the team at I Am Hope is doing, it’s a privilege to be part of driving this positive change.
Dallas Gopi
Funding & Partnerships
Prior to coming on board with Mike back in 2015 I always thought the mental well-being of our kids was someone else’s problem. It wasn’t long before I realised that our kids were not the problem, but an integral part of the solution. To be part of a team who are dedicated to helping our kids get to a better place has been an incredibly rewarding and fascinating journey.
Rick Wells
I take great pleasure in working with Mike and the team at I Am Hope, where I can contribute to supporting the younger generation. The I Am Hope team's combined efforts aim to empower and inspire youth, providing them with the tools they need to face challenges and thrive in today's world.
Richie Barnett
Culture & well-being Ambassador
I love working with I Am Hope because I get to work alongside amazing NZers who care and want the best for our children  by understanding and listening to the needs of our children in order to improve well-being in Aotearoa.
Sebastian White
HOPE Ambassador
I love I Am Hope for all the support it lets me offer New Zealand’s kids. Every day, I can get out of bed with a purpose and a mission that this wonderful community shares to ensure every one of our tamariki is held.
Win Srisawas
HOPE Ambassador
As part of Aotearoa's Youth, working with I Am Hope has been impactful in supporting my mental health and wellbeing journey, and I am deeply grateful for the chance for me to give back to the community through this work.
Nathan Philipiah
HOPE Ambassador
Working for Gumboot Friday (I Am Hope) as an ambassador and researcher has been a dream come true. I've dedicated my life to the pursuit of health and I share this dream with I Am Hope.  The lives of our rangatahi is worth fighting for and together we can make this world better.
Lena Watt
HOPE Ambassador
It is an honour to now be working with I Am Hope. With this opportunity I hope to be able to give young people the knowledge and skills that I wish I had at their age.
Noah Jones
HOPE Ambassador
Kia Ora my name is Noah and my why is to try and make youth more comfortable with their emotions. It can be really confusing thinking that you are only meant to be happy and I think that changing this mindset will make understanding our emotions much less confusing.
Ruby Methven
HOPE Ambassador
I am proud to be working with and for a team that is dedicated to providing Aotearoa's youth with the help and support that they deserve. It's important work, and I couldn't be more grateful to be a part of it.
Jessica Dolphin
Social Media Co-Ordinator
It is an absolute privilege to be working alongside the amazing I Am Hope team. Through my role as social media coordinator, I hope I can do my part in creating a better future for our rangatahi by recognising those who are doing social good, inspiring others to get behind our cause and help de-stigmatise conversations around mental health.
Chris & Sandrine
Working alongside the dedicated team at I Am Hope is a privilege. They work tirelessly to provide safe and supportive environments where rangatahi can heal and grow, and their dedication to this mission is truly inspiring. We're honoured to be able to play a small part in such important work.
Greg Ward
I am proud and privileged to be associated with I Am Hope.  As the speaking coach and mentor for the team, it’s such an inspiration see the growth in the stellar group of ambassadors.  I tautoko the work that Mike and his young and passionate team do every day, and in helping the on-stage team make every moment matter, I have great heart and hope for the future of reducing suicide and suicidal ideation in our tamariki and rangitahi.
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