When anxiety starts to interfere with a child’s life

Developing long-term strategies to help children approach – rather than avoid – situations which might spark anxiety is key to preventing anxiety disorders having a negative impact on their lifelong mental health. By Rachel Helyer Donaldson

First phase of Middlemore adult mental health facility opens with 38-bed high-dependency unit

Health Minister Dr David Clark said the new facility increased badly needed capacity for acute inpatient mental health treatment in Counties Manukau.

Youth mental health service wait times unacceptable

The Counsellors Association is calling for an end to the ‘ambulance at the bottom of the cliff’ approach and a greater focus on early therapeutic intervention instead.

New resource supports teaching school students about mental health

A new resource has been welcomed by those teaching school students about resilience, mental health, interpersonal skills and wellbeing.

Virtual John Kirwan will tackle mental health issues in the workplace

For staff of three New Zealand companies, the answer to workplace stress could soon be to consult a virtual Sir John Kirwan.

Mental health will be a priority in first ‘Wellbeing Budget’ says Finance Minister Grant...

Next year's Budget will have a special emphasis on mental health, Finance Minister Grant Robertson has revealed.

Harry and Meghan’s low-key royal visit means ‘today lives were saved’

Over a cuppa, the Duke and Duchess push one of the last taboos into the global spotlight.

More ‘doing’ not just ‘talking’ therapies needed in mental health

There is an over-emphasis on talking therapies at the cost of ‘doing’ therapies in mental health, argue the country’s occupational therapists. Health Central find out more to mark World Occupational Therapy Day.

Eating your feelings: fruit and vegetable consumption linked to better mental health

We all know about the importance of eating fruit and vegetables for a healthy body, but what about a healthy mind? Soumya Bhamidipati talks to University of Otago senior psychology lecturer Dr Tamlin Conner to discover the impact of vegetables and fruit on psychological wellbeing.

Supporting young men who are affected by suicide

New research shows young men experience four different types of silence following the suicide of a close friend or peer. Dr Chris Bowden discusses his findings and what teachers, schools and others in the school community can do to better support their students.



Sponsored: Hydration – Why is it so important for older people?

A closer look at the risks of dehydration – particularly for older people – and what can be done to reduce these risks.