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Te Ara Oranga Supreme Winner

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:41:10 +1300 | Northland District Health Board

An initiative to reduce the hold that methamphetamine has over the Northland region, Te Ara Oranga was awarded the Cedric Kelly Supreme Award at the 2018 Northland Health and Social Innovation Bi-annual Awards at Forum North on Wednesday.More >>

Practical Alternatives to Self-Harm

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 11:01:50 +1300 | Grow Ltd

Alternatives to Self-Harm (ASH) is an approach that has been demonstrated to lead to a reduction of self-harm risk for people with emotional dysregulation. It can increase confidence in clients to maintain more effective coping strategies, as well ...More >>

NZ Counsellors Association support early intervention

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 09:56:56 +1300 | NZ Counsellors Association

Working with kids earlier around anxiety and stress is crucial, and each community needs to have their own catered approach, urges the NZ Counsellors Association (NZAC). Miriama Tolo is an Executive member of the association who also works with children ...More >>

Gordon Campbell on the Royal Commission into child abuse

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:18:37 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. In effect, there will now be two closely related reports. ...More >>

Abuse survivors encouraged to speak as inquiry scope widens

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 10:27:30 +1300 | RNZ

A victim of abuse by a Marist Brother says the expanded Royal Commission is the chance for him and many other Catholic old boys to speak up. More >>

Otago study finds mindfulness apps can improve mental health

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 09:47:34 +1300 | University of Otago

A University of Otago study has found that using mindfulness meditation applications (apps) on phones is associated with improvements in people’s mental health. In a randomised, controlled trial, mindfulness app users reported modest improvements ...More >>

PM's Post-Cab 12/11/18: Abuse And Neglect Inquiry Expanded

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 17:44:20 +1300 | The Scoop Team

The Prime Minister's Beehive press conference this afternoon focussed on announcements around the royal commission of inquiry into abuse and neglect. The inquiry will now extend to religious as well as state institutions. It will now be know as the Royal ...More >>

Mental health service wait times unacceptable

Fri, 9 Nov 2018 11:38:10 +1300 | Counsellors Association

Christine Macfarlane has seen the effects of the prolonged wait times on youths seeking mental health support. More >>

Is ‘tech-sex’ changing Kiwis’ view of intimacy?

Thu, 8 Nov 2018 10:29:47 +1300 | NZ Psychological Society

Why are Kiwis increasingly turning to ‘tech-sex’ such as online, mobile or sugar dating, online sex work or “camming” in the search for love, sex, money or intimacy? And is it harmful to individuals or our society? Or is it just a new way of viewing ...More >>

ANZASW statement on Abortion Law Reform

Wed, 7 Nov 2018 14:53:02 +1300 | ANZASW

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) welcomes the recent release of the Law Commission’s report on Abortion Law reform. More >>

New resource supports teaching students about mental health

Wed, 7 Nov 2018 12:13:31 +1300 | NZ Council for Educational Research

Those teaching school students about resilience, mental health, interpersonal skills, and wellbeing will welcome a new resource from NZCER Press. More >>

Millennials to redefine mental health crisis

Tue, 6 Nov 2018 10:03:21 +1300 | Seed Waikato

Millennials from across the Waikato will join forces with multiple organisations to tackle the mental health crisis. More >>

Too much hui not enough doey in suicide prevention

Tue, 6 Nov 2018 09:16:33 +1300 | National Maori Authority

“Suicide in New Zealand is beyond out of control and not enough is being done to address it.” These were the words spoken by the Chairman of the National Maori Authority, Matthew Tukaki, at a forum in Auckland this evening. Tukaki, who is also ...More >>

Politicians Going Slow On Urgent Need For Porn Inquiry

Mon, 5 Nov 2018 10:55:10 +1300 | Family First New Zealand

Family First NZ is concerned that the politicians are taking so long to deal with the urgent social issue of pornography harm in society, and are also continuing to call for a truly independent Expert Panel to investigate and provide solutions for ...More >>

Govt's learning support staff plan gives hope for mother

Mon, 5 Nov 2018 10:39:01 +1300 | RNZ

A mother whose disabled son was turned away from his local school because it said it couldn't cope with his disability hopes the introduction of 600 specialist learning support coordinators will stop this from happening to anyone else.More >>

Investigating the impact of young onset dementia

Mon, 5 Nov 2018 10:37:42 +1300 | Massey University

Dementia is often seen as a disease of the elderly, however the young onset of dementia (diagnosis prior to the age of 65 years) is a healthcare reality which poses a unique set of challenges for people, as well as their family and whānau. More >>

PSA: ‘Core priority’ given to mental health for 2019 Budget

Sun, 4 Nov 2018 21:39:05 +1300 | Public Service Association

The commitment made at the Labour Party conference by Finance Minister Grant Robertson to making mental health one of five core priorities for next year’s Wellbeing Budget is welcome news says the PSA.More >>

Men: If You’re Not Talking Let’s Get You Ticking

Thu, 1 Nov 2018 14:57:02 +1300 | The Movember Foundation

New Zealand Men: If You’re Not Talking Let’s Get You Ticking THE MOVEMBER MENSUS – Like a Census But for Men’s Feelings… More >>

Singing helps Communication and Confidence

Thu, 1 Nov 2018 12:24:22 +1300 | Therapy Professionals

The Cantabrainers Choir is a choir for people with neurological conditions, such as Stroke and Parkinson’s Disease. Its purpose is not so much to create sweet music, but to provide a safe environment in which members can rediscover their voice through ...More >>

WWI and its aftermath – health impacts on New Zealand

Tue, 30 Oct 2018 10:01:33 +1300 | Massey University

Massey University war historian Professor Glyn Harper says that mental health problems are one of New Zealand’s main legacies of the immense health impact from the First World War.More >>


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