New toolkit offers Māori-centred approach to mental health

A toolkit providing Maori-centred activities is now being used by more than 200 mental health clinicians across New Zealand working with Māori affected by mental health and addiction issues.

Not all wounds bleed: Time to improve access to mental health

Not all wounds heal. The RSA Poppy Appeal this week rolled out that slogan as part of a campaign spotlighting veterans' mental health. Officials say mental health injuries are the most common, but least understood, of all wounds suffered by New Zealand servicemen and women.

Waikato Hospital ED mental health presentations up by almost 400 per cent

Mental health cases at one hospital's emergency department have jumped almost 400 per cent in the past five years, with no extra staffing to cope with the demand.

Mental health inquiry kicking into action

Social media forums, an 0800 number and nationwide meetings are to kick off soon as the mental health inquiry builds momentum – including the imminent release of a consultation document.

Mental health pilot underway in Auckland general practices

A pilot programme that places mental health clinicians – including a new US-influenced role – directly into general practices is underway.

Opinion: “We are at our wits’ end” – one family’s experience of navigating the...

A young woman shares with HealthCentral the frustration she and her family feel as they struggle to navigate the mental health system to get the right help and support for her sister.

Opinion: Warwick Brunton – keep calm and do something different

Historian Dr Warwick Brunton has studied all our major mental health inquiries of the past 150 years. He thinks this latest inquiry has the potential to offer ‘generational hope’ if it has the courage – and resourcing – to learn from the mistakes of the past and do things differently.

Opinion: Peter Adams – Don’t confuse mental health with addiction

Jacinda Ardern's announcement of Labour's promised government inquiry into mental health and addiction services was good news for the mental health field, but I fear it will be a mixed blessing for the addiction field.

Major mental health “stocktake” calls for reform – including suicide reduction target

The mental health system is under pressure, the workforce showing signs of strain and a broader approach is needed to meet unmet needs, says a major mental health stocktake by the Mental Health Commissioner.

Ombudsman: Less mental health treatment in prisons a public threat

Prison overcrowding means less work on prisoners' serious mental health needs who then become "very dangerous" to the public when released, says Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier.