Posts Tagged ‘Mental Health’

Academic launches podcast to talk about mental health from ‘Samoan perspective’

Thursday, July 18th, 2024

A newly released podcast presented in the Samoan language aims to reduce stigma around mental health. Called Fau Gagana – a Samoan nurse’s perceptive on mental health, provides general information, as well as interpretations on mental wellbeing from a Samoan perspective. Auckland University of Technology’s nursing lecturer, Dr Ioana Mulipola, says the idea for the Read more

The problem with social media and kids is also spiritual

Monday, July 1st, 2024
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Want to find that one issue upon which at least some Democrats and Republicans can agree? Here it is: the danger that social media poses to our young people. Surgeon General’s warning In the words of United States Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy (pictured): “The mental health crisis among young people is an emergency — Read more

Queer, Māori and disabled struggle with mental health

Monday, July 1st, 2024

Young Kiwis are in distress as inequities amplify mental health challenges. Recent data showed one in five young people aged 15 to 25 were experiencing higher rates of psychological distress than other aged groups. Collated by the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Te Hiringa Mahara, the assessment also showed Māori, disabled and LGBTQIA+ youth had Read more

I Am Hope – $24m boost for Gumboot Friday

Thursday, May 23rd, 2024
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Mike King’s Gumboot Friday counselling service for young people will receive $24 million over four years as part of the Government’s upcoming Budget. It will increase the service’s current contracted counsellor pool from 555 to about 855, which will help provide up to 160,000 free counselling sessions for people aged between 5 and 25 over Read more

Loafers Lodge – one year on – who ‘really’ cares?

Monday, May 20th, 2024
Loafers Lodge

It’s one year since the Loafers Lodge fire. Loafers Lodge did not have a fire sprinkler system. It was not required to by law. Five men died. Eighty-two people lost their homes. Some lost all their possessions. People were concerned, shocked, grieving. Wellington City Missioner Murray Edridge told RNZ after the fire that he hoped Read more

Mental Health advocate Mike King is all for getting rid of Suicide Prevention Office

Monday, April 15th, 2024

Mental health advocate Mike King is all for getting rid of the Suicide Prevention Office after an announcement that a number of staff would be cut as part of the Ministry of Health’s cost-cutting proposal. Speaking to TVNZ’s Sunday, King, known for his endeavours in the mental health area including the I Am Hope charity, Read more

The significance of school belonging in protecting mental health

Thursday, April 11th, 2024
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In addressing the critical concern of mental health in adolescents, the role of school belonging has emerged as a focal point of contemporary research. Despite the increasing recognition of its importance, a comprehensive understanding of how school belonging impacts long-term mental wellbeing has remained elusive. New adolescent mental health study Our new study investigating school Read more

State of the Nation – some successes but escalating challenges too

Thursday, February 15th, 2024
State of the Nation

In the midst of the country’s escalating cost-of-living crisis, the Salvation Army’s State of the Nation 2024 report spotlights the growing socio-economic challenges confronting New Zealanders. The report, Ngā Tukunga Iho – The Things We Inherit, offers an annual assessment of the country’s social progress – this year especially – children and youth housing crime Read more

More specialists needed to help people with severe mental illnesses

Monday, October 9th, 2023

Top mental health specialists warn that the number of psychologists and psychiatrists must double to meet patient demand. Practitioners said New Zealand needed 15 psychologists per 100,000 people to meet demand – equating to 770 full-time workers. But Te Whatu Ora estimated the public sector currently employed about 350 workers. Ashley Bertelson, 18, said her Read more