8 per cent of youth have social issues

About 8 per cent of New Zealand children have social, emotional and/or behavioural problems, and another 7 per cent are on the borderline of having issues, Ministry of Health statistics say.

Waiting times for young mental health patients at Whanganui DHB vastly improved

The Whanganui District Health Board has reduced waiting times for young people trying to access its mental health services.

Last day for submissions to Mental Health Inquiry

Written submissions to the Mental Health & Addictions Inquiry close today but the Inquiry panel’s face-to-face meetings continue until early July.

Suicide prevention centre opens in Dunedin

Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust are celebrating the opening of their new Hope Centre today.

Steve Gurney on depression: Fake it ’till you make it

Steve Gurney is speaking out about his 20-year battle with depression in a bid to help change the stigma around mental health.

Opinion: Andy Espersen – Mental Health Act failing people with chronic schizophrenia

Andy Espersen – a retired psychiatric nurse – recently made a submission to the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry team arguing that history shows that the Mental Health Act is failing people with chronic schizophrenia, the old residential hospital system had its strengths, and more mental health inpatient beds are needed.

Psychiatrists outraged at SkyCity conference venue

An international mental health conference has outraged New Zealand psychiatrists due to a "bad taste" venue choice, with some boycotting the annual get-together with colleagues from across the Tasman and beyond.

Opinion: John Fitzgerald – Psychologists’ view on Mental Health Inquiry

John Fitzgerald, the President-Elect of the New Zealand Psychological Society, says psychologists want the inquiry to help build a service focused not on ‘fighting fires’ and ‘quick fixes’ but building community resilience as well as a skilled and motivated mental health workforce.

Poverty link with children’s mental health ‘unarguable’: Children’s Commissioner

Children growing up in disadvantaged homes are more likely to need anti-psychotic medication, new research has found.

Psychological Society offering free Jubilee parenting seminars

Parenting tips for nurturing the future mental health of their children are being offered in free public seminars as part of the New Zealand Psychological Society’s 50th jubilee celebrations.
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