Posts Tagged ‘Mental Health’

Psychologists struggling as NZ’s mental health crisis worsens

Monday, March 28th, 2022

Psychologists are struggling as a grim picture emerges of New Zealanders’ mental health, two years on from the country’s first lockdown. Clinical psychologist Dr Victoria Thompson told 1News that demand for mental health help is sky-high, saying, “people are wanting more help than ever”. “We are doing our best but we can’t keep up with Read more

Young Australians not being helped by mental health programs

Thursday, November 11th, 2021
Young Australians mental health

New research shows two in three young Australians with emerging mental health problems remained in poor mental health or deteriorated further despite accessing support services. The study of more than 1500 12 to 25-year-olds found that early intervention services in the primary healthcare system failed to deliver the required care. The report suggested a more Read more

Increased chaplaincy services needed at University

Monday, October 18th, 2021
Delphis Learning

A sharp increase in demand for mental health support has helped spur the University of Otago’s push to improve student support services. Counselling and chaplaincy services, especially for the university’s burgeoning Maori student population are in particular need of extra support. The costs of the additional services will be met from student fees. To achieve Read more

Unprecedented demand for ACC from sex abuse victims

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) is struggling with the almost 400 percent increase in unsuccessful attempts by sex abuse victims to get mental health support over the past 15 months. Its national waitlist figures indicate failed attempts by sex abuse survivors to get mental health help increased by 387 percent and reaching 4131 in the Read more

Exercise and wear a mask urges Cardinal Dew

Thursday, August 26th, 2021
wear a mask

New Zealand Cardinal, John Dew, is adding his support and encouraging people to wear a mask while outside exercising during the lockdown. “Recently, Pope Francis took part in an advertising campaign encouraging people to get vaccinated and called the gesture an ‘act of love’. Wearing a mask when leaving our homes to use an essential Read more

Kiwis must ‘take off masks’ to prevent suicide

Thursday, August 19th, 2021
Health Central

New Zealand mental health advocate, television personality and former comedian Mike King has some straight words for Kiwis about mental health. If we want to prevent suicide and help our kids open up about mental health, there are a couple of things we need to get on to. We need to do more to make Read more

Biles ‘coming out’ opens discussions about mental health care

Monday, August 2nd, 2021
Sports Illustrated

Counsellors and spiritual directors at US Catholic colleges and ministries are supporting gymnast Simone Biles to prioritise her mental health The counsellors and spiritual directors told CNS her decision has opened up a broader and much-needed discussion about the importance of mental health care. “Even if we aren’t carrying around the pressure of performing as Read more

Lockdown distresses almost half of young people

Monday, November 9th, 2020

Lockdown affected wellbeing for many people, especially young ones, an Otago University study has found. The study undertaken during lockdown is providing a glimpse into New Zealand’s mental health. Young people in particular found it hard-going. The study results were reported in a research paper,’Psychological distress, anxiety, family violence, suicidality, and wellbeing in New Zealand Read more

Welcome to the disillusionment phase: COVID at 6 months

Monday, September 21st, 2020

Sunday September 13 marked six months since the U.S. declared the COVID-19 outbreak a national emergency. The reality that this pandemic is a marathon, not a sprint, has started to take a toll on people’s emotional and spiritual well-being, with more than half of adults reporting a decline in mental health due to worry and Read more

Mental health, housing, and poverty exposed

Monday, September 21st, 2020

Communities struggling to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 lockdown are the subject of a new study by the Salvation Army. The study reports three major areas of concern seriously impacting New Zealand communities, a lack of mental health support, insecure housing and inadequate incomes. These areas of concern are forcing people to look Read more