Health Minister David Clark has defended the Government's decision to wait until March before formally responding to the recommendations in a wide-ranging review of New Zealand's mental health and addiction services.
The Inquiry report’s ‘bolder approaches’ to controlling alcohol and health-based approach to drug addiction are being welcomed by experts but the call to decriminalise personal drugs has received a more mixed response.
Setting a new target of delivering mental health and addiction services to more like 20% rather than current 3% of the population is one of 40 wide ranging recommendations made in the just released the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry report.
Health Minister David Clark says it will take more than one Budget to address all the issues and recommendations in the 200-page Mental Health and Inquiry report handed over to him today.
Developing long-term strategies to help children approach – rather than avoid – situations which might spark anxiety is key to preventing anxiety disorders having a negative impact on their lifelong mental health. By Rachel Helyer Donaldson
Health Minister Dr David Clark said the new facility increased badly needed capacity for acute inpatient mental health treatment in Counties Manukau.
The Counsellors Association is calling for an end to the ‘ambulance at the bottom of the cliff’ approach and a greater focus on early therapeutic intervention instead.
A new resource has been welcomed by those teaching school students about resilience, mental health, interpersonal skills and wellbeing.
For staff of three New Zealand companies, the answer to workplace stress could soon be to consult a virtual Sir John Kirwan.
Next year's Budget will have a special emphasis on mental health, Finance Minister Grant Robertson has revealed.