Te reo is ‘critical tool’ to boost Māori mental wellbeing

The positive influence of te reo Māori on mental health and wellbeing is being highlighted during Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori: Māori Language Week – along with the need for more mental health resourcing.

NZ’s record high suicide numbers prove need for action, says health minister

New Zealand's latest "upsetting" suicide statistics underscore the Government's efforts to confront the issue, Health Minister David Clark says.

Mental health focus of World Physical Therapy Day

The link between physical health and mental health – and physiotherapists' role in supporting people with mental health issues – is the focus of this year’s World Physical Therapy Day.

First Māori glossary for mental health wins Australasian award

A glossary that updated and created new words in te reo for the mental health, addictions and disability sectors has won its creators a special Australasian award.

Lifeline makes plea for donations as funding shortages lead to missed calls

The country's highest-profile suicide prevention helpline is missing one in four phone calls because of a funding shortage.

Overdosing – a public health crisis that can’t be ignored

The tragic spike in synthetic drug deaths this year was being remembered across the country today to mark International Overdose Awareness Day.

People with depression use language differently – here’s how to tell

From the way you move and sleep, to how you interact with people around you, depression changes just about everything.

Farmers reel from stress, anxiety, depression

Ninety-eight per cent of farmers Jane Tylee deals with through the rural support trust are suffering stress, anxiety and depression, with some having suicidal thoughts.

Chlöe Swarbrick: There’s a responsibility to be frank and real about mental health

I see my psychologist regularly. I have a history of anxiety and depression. I'm the one-in-six New Zealand adults who has been diagnosed with a "common mental disorder" at some point in their lives.

Māori suicide rate ‘not a first we want’

The New Zealand Maori Council says the fact that Māori have the highest single per head of population suicide rate in the country and around the world is not a first they want.


Death: the symptoms of dying

How much do many of us actually know about the act of dying? In the first of Health Central’s special focus on death and dying – The Death Series – FIONA CASSIE talks to palliative care specialist Brian Ensor about the symptoms of dying.


Remote radiology service offers treatment for waiting lists

A virtual radiology service being set up by SEQURE Health could double the capacity of District Health Boards to read X-rays, CT Scans, MRI...