Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Surveyed Kiwis agree their wellbeing boosted by nature

As New Zealand prepares for next month’s Mental Health Awareness Week a survey has been released confirming that Kiwis agree they feel better for spending time in nature.

Longstanding addiction leader and innovative meth programme win awards

The granddaddy of addiction practice Doug Sellman and a collaborative Northland project to reduce meth harm were major winners at the recent addiction practice awards.

“Everyone can make a difference,” says award-winning suicide prevention ambassador

LifeKeepers Supreme Award winner Brian Lowe discusses the challenges of working in the field of suicide preventon and how everyone can help make a difference. By Soumya Bhamidipati

Rotorua to host Cutting Edge Addictions Conference

Rotorua is hosting those involved in New Zealand's frontline against addiction from today.

Whanganui mental health unit Te Awhina regularly overcrowded

Staff working at an overcrowded mental health unit at Whanganui Hospital have been head-butted, spat at, punched, received death threats and there's been one sexual assault.

Te reo is ‘critical tool’ to boost Māori mental wellbeing

The positive influence of te reo Māori on mental health and wellbeing is being highlighted during Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori: Māori Language Week – along with the need for more mental health resourcing.

NZ’s record high suicide numbers prove need for action, says health minister

New Zealand's latest "upsetting" suicide statistics underscore the Government's efforts to confront the issue, Health Minister David Clark says.

Mental health focus of World Physical Therapy Day

The link between physical health and mental health – and physiotherapists' role in supporting people with mental health issues – is the focus of this year’s World Physical Therapy Day.

First Māori glossary for mental health wins Australasian award

A glossary that updated and created new words in te reo for the mental health, addictions and disability sectors has won its creators a special Australasian award.

Lifeline makes plea for donations as funding shortages lead to missed calls

The country's highest-profile suicide prevention helpline is missing one in four phone calls because of a funding shortage.


Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Sugar questions answered

With November being Diabetes Awareness Month, Dr Tracy Chandler (aka Dr Wellness) says it’s perfect timing to answer two commonly asked questions about sugar.


Sponsored: Empathy, culture and kindness – the quest for healthier communities

It’s going to take a groundswell of change to inject the empathy and values-based leadership that is so desperately needed in society. Jude Barback talks to Anah Aikman, the founder of Changing Lenses, about how we can achieve this change in our communities.