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.

Mental health patients face ‘discriminatory’ wait in emergency departments

Mental health patients admitted to emergency departments wait longer than other patients to get proper treatment, new research has found - putting their lives and future health at risk.

Mother of suicide victim calls for mental health rethink

A mother who lost her son to suicide is calling for a completely new system for mental health.

Weaknesses found in ED suicide risk assessments

A just released Kiwi study of ED suicide risk assessments found some major gaps  – but psychological experts argue that building a relationship with the at-risk patient is more important than risk tools.
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