The Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry has done a great job in raising many issues but there is one area that needs further attention writes psychologist Janet Peters.
For men, suicide rates spike around ages 15-25 and then slowly decline to age 65, when they start climbing again, peaking at 32 per 100,000 in men aged 85+.
A new initiative has been started in the Central Hawke's Bay to provide a space for open discussion about the stress and distress that can lead to suicide or attempted suicide.
Early intervention is crucial in dealing with mental heath issues, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has told an audience at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
Sixteen people died as a result of unintended, unexpected or unplanned events and mental health-related incidents in the Bay of Plenty District Health Board area in the latest reporting period.
The Mental Health Foundation wants more focus on rural communities.
No quick-fix solutions to the mental health workforce crisis are offered in the Mental Health Inquiry report. Health Central looks at the Inquiry workforce findings and the sector’s response.
The psychotherapists and counsellor associations’ have joined others in expressing concern at the ‘medical model’ domination of the Ministry of Health’s advisory group on the Mental Health Inquiry report.
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.