Covid-19 lockdowns took toll on our diets

Most people consumed more unhealthy snacks and drinks during New Zealand lockdowns, according to a study led by researchers from the University of Auckland.

“Overburdened” mental health workers voices important to inquiry

Hearing the voices of “stressed” and “overburdened” mental health workers is ‘”very important” to the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry, says inquiry chair Ron Paterson.

Aroha’s Way – giving children the tools to understand their mental health

By award-winning New Zealand author Craig Phillips, Aroha's Way is anticipated to be an important contribution to mental health literature. Here, publisher Bex Lipp talks about the journey that led to the book's creation.

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.

Kiwi kids to get helping hand with managing life’s challenges

A free programme aimed at equipping school children with tools to navigate life’s ups and downs will soon be available to any primary or intermediate school in New Zealand. Southern Cross, New Zealand’s leading independent...

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.

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...

Stepping up for people with dementia

Dementia Auckland has made the difficult decision to cancel its Steps for Dementia 5km fundraiser walk on Sunday 14 March due to the latest Level 3 lockdown. This means the organisation has now been unable...

Mental health ‘first aid kit’ of skills launched by St John

Mental health ‘first aid’ training in how to cope with people having a panic attack or showing signs of depression has just been launched by St John.

New Zealand businesses step up in fight against high suicide rates

A new training programme being piloted by Lifeline and Lion NZ is looking to reduce suicide rates by providing businesses with better support systems.


Opinion: Dr Tracey Chandler – Health pregnancy optimisation tips (for you,...

Whilst pregnancy is an exciting time for most, it does take some planning to keep both you and baby well. Ideally you would see...

Opinion: Hope is the key


Psychological support for the wellbeing of Frontline healthcare workers during the...

Sponsored article chnnl (pronounced channel), an app which anonymously tracks employee mental wellbeing, is helping healthcare providers across New Zealand provide psychological support for the...