Shaun Cavanagh wants the Mental Health Inquiry to lead to greater support for the mental health workforce including supporting new allied health disciplines like his own, recreation therapy, that has struggled to get established in New Zealand.
Stress management and healthy lifestyle changes should be considered first by clinicians as part of a broader approach to managing depression in patients, says the latest Australasian treatment guidelines.
Health Minister David Clark says the previous government never set aside the $100 million which National is now saying should be used for mental health initiatives.
Silence is often how young men respond to losing a close friend to suicide, found a Victoria University researcher who recommends health professionals learn to interpret the silence to be able to better help the young men through their grief.
The government has recognised that and announced a wide-ranging review of mental health. Commentators from both ends of the spectrum, who wouldn't normally agree on a whole lot have chorused in unison that what it is all about is: money and needing more of it.
Kate Hawkesby say's it's pleasing to see mental health back in the spotlight because, like it or not, we’re all going to be affected by it at some stage of our lives.