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Funding announced for new mental health facility

MidCentral DHB welcomes Government funding of $30m to upgrade the Adult Inpatient Acute Mental Health facility at Palmerston North Hospital. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Health Dr David Clark announced the funding package...

PTSD more common than expected, especially among young people

Many of us think Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a relatively rare psychological problem. In reality, however, PTSD can affect anyone – and, looking into the findings of a new study into the issue,...

Is social media really hurting your mental health?

We blame friends' posts about weddings, babies and holidays for driving "digital depression" - but is social media really that bad for mental health? A new study that dug deep into how platforms like Facebook, Twitter...

Government announces $100 million for new mental health facility in Hamilton

The Government is putting $100 million towards building a new acute mental health facility for Waikato, replacing an aging facility and increasing capacity by up to 20 beds. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister...

Warning bells as health and social policy ignores Asian mental health

Today is World Mental Health Day and a just-released report says that suicide rates among Asian people appear to be increasing in New Zealand. While death by suicide in the Asian population is relatively...

New mental health and addiction qualifications for 2020

As New Zealand grapples with alarming rates of suicide and addiction, a new offering from Massey University’s College of Health aims to future-proof the education and professional development of those working on the frontline. The...

Supporting Māori communities during Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

The Mental Health Foundation theme for Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 is ‘Explore Your Way to Wellbeing. Whāia te ara hauora, whitiora’ The Māori public health team from Hāpai Te Hauora will be facilitating workshops...

New online therapy tool provides mental health support for New Zealanders

The recent Mental Health Inquiry identified that people want choice. It showed that people need help that is accessible. It identified the need for more talking therapies. But as cognitive behavioural therapist Anna Elders says,...

Delivering Mental Health Transformation in New Zealand

Sponsored article Treating mental health in New Zealand is a challenge our healthcare system has experienced for decades. With a large portion of the country - one in six New Zealand adults - having been diagnosed with...

Initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission appointed

The Government has announced details of the initial Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission which will play a key role in driving better mental health in New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she wants to...

DR WELLNESS

More than just a ‘pill for every ill’

Dr Tracy Chandler (a.k.a. Dr Wellness) says we need to move beyond the current ‘pill for every ill’ model of general practice to a more patient-centred integrative approach.

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“Lucky” is not an adjective many people would choose after going through what Barbara Bew experienced.  Yet despite enduring a terrifying domestic assault after...
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