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New study of 23,000 teen cannabis smokers confirms link to later mental health problems

Cannabis use during adolescence is linked to an increased risk of depression and suicidal behaviour in young adulthood, a new study has found.

Overhaul in mental health service provision needed for elderly

A new study suggests a need for an overhaul in mental health service provision and research to help some of New Zealand's most vulnerable citizens. By Ruby Harfield.

Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Why more and more younger people have an inability...

Dr Tracy Chandler (aka Dr Wellness) talks about why she is seeing an epidemic of younger and younger people with fatigue and an inability to cope with life.

Opinion: Janet Peters – Intervene early to lessen trauma for kids

The Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry has done a great job in raising many issues but there is one area that needs further attention writes psychologist Janet Peters.

High suicide rate among elderly NZ men, targeted treatment needed – expert

For men, suicide rates spike around ages 15-25 and then slowly decline to age 65, when they start climbing again, peaking at 32 per 100,000 in men aged 85+.

New group in CHB provides ‘space for dialogue’ about mental health

A new initiative has been started in the Central Hawke's Bay to provide a space for open discussion about the stress and distress that can lead to suicide or attempted suicide.

Mental health a priority area for NZ Budget, Ardern tells World Economic Forum

Early intervention is crucial in dealing with mental heath issues, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has told an audience at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

DHB releases details of adverse and mental health death events

Sixteen people died as a result of unintended, unexpected or unplanned events and mental health-related incidents in the Bay of Plenty District Health Board area in the latest reporting period.

Call for mental health report outcomes to apply to all

The Mental Health Foundation wants more focus on rural communities.

“Significant investment” in mental health workforce needed now, says Inquiry report

No quick-fix solutions to the mental health workforce crisis are offered in the Mental Health Inquiry report. Health Central looks at the Inquiry workforce findings and the sector’s response.
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DR WELLNESS

More than just a ‘pill for every ill’

Dr Tracy Chandler (a.k.a. Dr Wellness) says we need to move beyond the current ‘pill for every ill’ model of general practice to a more patient-centred integrative approach.

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