Harry and Meghan’s low-key royal visit means ‘today lives were saved’

Over a cuppa, the Duke and Duchess push one of the last taboos into the global spotlight.

More ‘doing’ not just ‘talking’ therapies needed in mental health

There is an over-emphasis on talking therapies at the cost of ‘doing’ therapies in mental health, argue the country’s occupational therapists. Health Central find out more to mark World Occupational Therapy Day.

Eating your feelings: fruit and vegetable consumption linked to better mental health

We all know about the importance of eating fruit and vegetables for a healthy body, but what about a healthy mind? Soumya Bhamidipati talks to University of Otago senior psychology lecturer Dr Tamlin Conner to discover the impact of vegetables and fruit on psychological wellbeing.

Supporting young men who are affected by suicide

New research shows young men experience four different types of silence following the suicide of a close friend or peer. Dr Chris Bowden discusses his findings and what teachers, schools and others in the school community can do to better support their students.

Opinion: Kyle MacDonald – My concerns about Mental Health Awareness Week

Psychotherapist Kyle MacDonald on why he feels "deeply conflicted" about Mental Health Awareness Week.

More staff needed for mental health, Tauranga psychologist Janet Peters says

Access to therapy and appropriate staff essential to improve mental health issues.

The impact on Māori mental health of loss of mana to be studied

A scholarship-winning researcher is delving into the impact of emotions like whakamā (shame or loss of mana) on Māori mental health to help clinicians better support Māori clients. By Sara Carberry

Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler on stress

This week, Mental Health Awareness Week, Dr Tracy Chandler (a.k.a. Dr Wellness) says we need to be mindful of the many triggers of stress.

Delay to Mental Health Inquiry report

Further patience will be needed from the mental health sector with a one month extension being granted to the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry panel.

Rural mental health and Māori statistics grim in Northland

Being young, male, Māori and living in rural Northland could be a prescription for mental illness, according to recent statistics and commentary.
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Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Sugar questions answered

With November being Diabetes Awareness Month, Dr Tracy Chandler (aka Dr Wellness) says it’s perfect timing to answer two commonly asked questions about sugar.

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