Morale amongst mental health nurses is at the lowest ebb since he began working in the sector more than 25 years ago, says mental health nurses organiser Ashok Shankar.
We're opting for a quick fix solutions around mental health and it's led to a society that is over-medicated. Instead of addressing the issues that are leading to depression, we're using drugs to block them. Rachel Smalley reports.
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.
It's time to talk - in order to improve New Zealand's suicide and mental health record, the issue needs to be talked about openly.
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.