We believe in making our community stronger. One of the ways we implement this belief is by offering our financial support to projects that contribute to wellbeing within our community. To have as much impact as possible, we’ve focussed our giving philosophy on supporting mental health and wellbeing in young people. To that end, we are contributing to a charitable fund to support adolescent mental health in New Zealand.
How It Works:
- Krisada Thai Massage will donate $6 from every full-priced Thai Therapeutic Massage performed at our salons to support adolescent mental health
- Donations are irrevocably transferred to the HANDS fund account held at the Gift Trust, a registered charity (CC40774)
- Distributions to charitable causes will be made in accordance with the objectives of the HANDS fund. Funds can only be given to charitable purposes
How Much Have We Donated And Granted Back To The Community?
Our most recent quarterly account statement from the HANDS charitable fund - coming soon.
Why Are We Supporting Adolescent Mental Health?
New Zealand is ranked the lowest out of 38 rich countries in child mental well-being, which includes both positive and negative aspects of a child’s mental well-being – life satisfaction and suicide rates. New Zealand also has the second highest youth suicide rate out of 41 rich countries (14.9 per 100,000 people aged 15–19 years). Source: UNICEF Innocenti, ‘Worlds of Influence: Understanding what shapes child well-being in rich countries’, Innocenti Report Card 16, UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, Florence, 2020.
Luken Steele, 19 November 2004 - 11 May 2020
Luken, a 15-year-old intelligent and compassionate young person, had an enduring ambition to become an aircraft pilot. In 2019, Luken became depressed but refused antidepressant medication, knowing this would compromise his career aspirations with the New Zealand Defence Force. Luken was determined to fight depression on his own terms, but lost his battle in May 2020 during New Zealand's stringent Covid-19 lockdown. Tragically and senselessly, Luken fell through the cracks of New Zealand's mental healthcare and education systems. By supporting us you can help make a difference. If we can prevent one suicide, that would be a huge success that would mean so much to me.
Mike Steele, Father of Luken