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‘Lonely in a crowd’ can reduce brain function

And emotional loneliness is actually a bigger risk factor than depression, heart disease, diabetes and stroke for cognitive decline, she found. Dr Whitehouse, who graduated with Doctor of Clinical Psychology from Massey University last month,...

Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Loneliness

What factor has the same health risk as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, is as lethal as alcoholism, is twice as harmful as obesity, is associated with a 30 percent increased risk of having...

Government opens Suicide Prevention Office

The Government has officially opened the country's first-ever Suicide Prevention Office and has also announced an extra $12 million in funding for Māori and Pacific suicide prevention. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the office was...

Thousands more people to get mental health training

The Government has announced up to 12,000 more people will receive mental health training over the next four years. Making the announcement in South Auckland today, Health Minister David Clark said more than 300 nurses...

Funding announced for new mental health facility

MidCentral DHB welcomes Government funding of $30m to upgrade the Adult Inpatient Acute Mental Health facility at Palmerston North Hospital. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Health Dr David Clark announced the funding package...

PTSD more common than expected, especially among young people

Many of us think Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a relatively rare psychological problem. In reality, however, PTSD can affect anyone – and, looking into the findings of a new study into the issue,...

Is social media really hurting your mental health?

We blame friends' posts about weddings, babies and holidays for driving "digital depression" - but is social media really that bad for mental health? A new study that dug deep into how platforms like Facebook, Twitter...

Government announces $100 million for new mental health facility in Hamilton

The Government is putting $100 million towards building a new acute mental health facility for Waikato, replacing an aging facility and increasing capacity by up to 20 beds. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister...

Warning bells as health and social policy ignores Asian mental health

Today is World Mental Health Day and a just-released report says that suicide rates among Asian people appear to be increasing in New Zealand. While death by suicide in the Asian population is relatively...

New mental health and addiction qualifications for 2020

As New Zealand grapples with alarming rates of suicide and addiction, a new offering from Massey University’s College of Health aims to future-proof the education and professional development of those working on the frontline. The...

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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“There for me every step of the way”

“Lucky” is not an adjective many people would choose after going through what Barbara Bew experienced.  Yet despite enduring a terrifying domestic assault after...
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