New primary mental health partnership takes shape

ProCare Health Ltd and Tū Ora Compass Health have signed an agreement to align their respective mental health services – in order to enable a stronger primary mental health service for communities across Aotearoa.   Over...

Teens hooked on social media at greater risk of depression

Teenagers who spend hours on social media could be risking depression. Experts said the internet encouraged youngsters to measure themselves against others, usually those with 'perfect' bodies and exciting lifestyles. This 'upward social comparison' can significantly...

Substance use recommendations in Mental Health Inquiry

In an article published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal, Sally Casswell, of Massey University, and Benedikt Fischer of the University of Auckland, comment on the four substance use-related recommendations in the inquiry’s...

Supporting farmers’ mental health – new research

New research shows that farmers dealing with stress and mental health concerns, need practical help and advice, which agricultural professions are well placed to deliver.

Serious action on alcohol side-lined in response to Mental Health Inquiry

Experts are perplexed to see the Government’s response to the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry fail to take a stronger stance on alcohol.

Health Budget 2019: The Winners and Losers

Mental health emerged the major winner in yesterday’s Budget, with the Government making the largest investment ever in mental health. By Sara Carbery.

Mental Health the clear winner in Budget 2019

One of the key initiatives outlined in the $1.9 billion Mental Health package announced in yesterday’s budget is a new universal frontline service for mental health, to be rolled out over five years.

Transformational but no “quick fixes” – Govt’s response to Mental Health Inquiry

The Government today outlined its response to the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry, saying it will accept or consider 38 of the 40 recommendations.

Let’s talk about our feelings

Life isn’t easy for everyone. Not all of the time anyway. There are times when some of us are overwhelmed and desperate. Sadly, some of us succumb without ever realizing there is help out there. By Jane McCarroll.

Long waits for mental health care in struggling emergency departments, report finds

Emergency departments are struggling to keep up with the increasing demand for urgent mental health care.


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.


“There for me every step of the way”

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