Hope pinned on Mental Health Inquiry after sad rise in suicide statistics

The latest suicide statistics are the highest in a decade with calls being made for the Mental Health Inquiry to quickly deliver some solutions to reduce the tragic losses.

Greg Boyed’s death raises issues of mental health in the workplace – most employers...

Employers should be flexible and supportive of people with mental health issues but many won't know an employee is vulnerable, an expert says.

Psychogeriatric day hospitals not just ‘nice to have’, finds study

Psychogeriatric day hospitals should be more widespread than they currently are, say Canterbury District Health Board experts running the only hospital of its kind in the country.

Opinion: Mary O’Hagan – more needed on mental health menu than medication

Former mental health commissioner and PeerZone director Mary O’Hagan believes that ‘Big Community’ not ‘Big Psychiatry’ is the way to address the mental health service crisis. Last month she presented her Wellbeing Manifesto to the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction.

Innovative northern pilot making mark

A pilot scheme aimed at stemming the damage methamphetamine is causing in Northland has reached the 12-month milestone. Keri Welham reports in the Drug Foundation’s latest Matters of Substance magazine on the Te Ara Oranga pilot and how other communities could use the model that Northland locals hope will be continued.

Mental health ‘first aid kit’ of skills launched by St John

Mental health ‘first aid’ training in how to cope with people having a panic attack or showing signs of depression has just been launched by St John.

Health minister warned of Mason Clinic ‘service failure’ risk

The Health Minister has been warned of a "service failure" risk at the Mason Clinic and told it will eventually need to double in size - despite thousands of KiwiBuilds going up next door.

Timaru-based health board condemned after ex-patient dies

Health workers and their employer have been subjected to official criticism following the death of a man who had mental health and addiction troubles.

Kiwis’ “crying out” for initiatives like free youth counselling pilot

Bids for who and where a $10 million free youth counselling pilot will be delivered are now being sought by mental health providers, the Government has announced.

Safe alternatives to seclusion being sought, says mental health nurse leader

The use of seclusion needs to be reduced but safe alternatives also need to be found, says Heather Casey. The director of mental health nursing is one of two nurse advisors on a current Health Quality & Safety Commission project to reduce seclusion.


Death: the symptoms of dying

How much do many of us actually know about the act of dying? In the first of Health Central’s special focus on death and dying – The Death Series – FIONA CASSIE talks to palliative care specialist Brian Ensor about the symptoms of dying.


Remote radiology service offers treatment for waiting lists

A virtual radiology service being set up by SEQURE Health could double the capacity of District Health Boards to read X-rays, CT Scans, MRI...