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Men’s health: Self-medicating depression with drugs

Plenty of everyday men – and women – turn to alcohol or drugs to ‘self-medicate’ or cope with anxiety and depression. Rachel Helyer Donaldson talks to some New Zealand experts on the issue.

New te reo terms for mental health go global

News of a new Māori glossary translating and creating 200 words in Te Reo for mental health and disability issues has gone global.

Renewed calls to lift alcohol prices

Public health groups want the government to consider raising the alcohol tax by 50 per cent as part of their inquiry into mental health and addiction services.

“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.

Early data shows pilot speeds up access to mental health support

A pilot of placing mental health practitioners in eight Auckland general practice is seeing more than half of patients in need getting same day mental health support.

A day in the life of a police watch-house nurse

Spend a busy day with mental health nurse Steve Howie assessing the steady stream of people who pass through the holding cells of Christchurch Police Station to see whether they have mental health and addiction issues.

Serious action on alcohol side-lined in response to Mental Health Inquiry

Experts are perplexed to see the Government’s response to the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry fail to take a stronger stance on alcohol.

Minister opens new medical centre for his childhood practice

New Health Minister Dr David Clark today opened a new medical centre for a practice he was patient of as a child – but today’s practice has allied health on site and visiting mental health staff.

Helmets not required for mental health nurses says Southern DHB

The Otago Daily Times reports Southern DHB's decided not to go ahead with a recommendation to issue helmets to mental health staff following assaults on nurses.

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.

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