News: June 2015

  • Survey shows up shunning of the mentally ill
    Most Kiwis in sports clubs will play sport with a person with mental illness - but not all of them would have them home for dinner, according to latest research.
    A Health Promotion Agency health and lifestyles survey done last year asked more than 2500 respondents about their attitudes towards a person with mental illness by posing the following scenario.
    Posted: Tuesday 30 June 2015
  • ELDERLY MENTAL HEALTH PATIENT LEFT TO DIE ON HOSPITAL FLOOR
    A group of nurses who left an psychiatric patient on the floor have been criticised by the deputy health commissioner.
    Posted: Monday 29 June 2015
  • Waikato DHB Mental Health and Addiction Services group manager 'resigns'
    Waikato DHB's 'Group Manager of Mental Health & Addictions' Jeff Bennett has ""resigned""; the second senior manager to be got rid of by CEO Nigel Murray. Bennett was in overall responsibility for the Henry Bennett Centre when Nicky Stevens died while under their care, and received copies of many of the written warnings and complaints about Nicky's treatment before his death. He has never approached the family, rather getting his minions to do so. Nicky's family are not sorry to see him go.
    Posted: Monday 29 June 2015
  • Hospital documentation disappears in Nicky Stevens case
    A lost page of an observation log could hold "crucial" details of a mental health patient, in the days leading up to his death, his family says.
    The Waikato District Health Board can't explain where it has gone, but told police and has provided an earlier transcription of the information to the man's family.
    Posted: Thursday 25 June 2015
  • AUSSIE BANKS TO PROFIT FROM MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR VULNERABLE KIWIS...
    ANZ and Westpac are among those keen to buy into social bonds, which return a profit if service providers meet…
    'Dragon's Den' used by Health Minister Coleman to decide who will get the lucrative contracts - see the TV1 news video.
    Posted: Wednesday 24 June 2015
  • Whānau hit the road to heal issues of suicide
    Five Māori families affected by suicide are participating in a unique project in which they will travel on a bus from marae to marae starting in Taranaki and ending in Cape Reinga.
    Posted: Friday 19 June 2015
  • Govt pulls plug on many phone helplines
    The Government is doing away with using individual telephone support services that offer help on problem gambling, drug and alcohol addictions and quitting smoking.
    Posted: Thursday 18 June 2015
  • GOVT MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM FAILS 90-DAY TRIAL
    90 DAYS AFTER NICKY'S DEATH - AND STILL NO ACTION!
    Statement from Nicky Stevens' family listing the official inaction and obstacles from the Government & its health sector... VIDEO LINK TO 'SUNDAY' TV PROGRAMME
    Posted: Friday 12 June 2015
  • THE OTHER SIDE OF SANITY
    What it’s like to lose your grip on reality...
    Cameron Miller showed up to work one day completely out of his mind.
    He was working in retail five years ago when he pulled his manager into the back room and began ranting to her about Buddhism.
    INCLUDES VIDEO
    Posted: Wednesday 10 June 2015
  • Rural mental health services declining
    A Taranaki mental health advocate says new funding criteria are ripping the heart out of services for provincial New Zealanders.
    Gordon Hudson has set up a voluntary organisation to fill the gap left by Like Minds Taranaki's closure, after the Ministry of Health axed its annual grant.
    Posted: Wednesday 10 June 2015
  • ERICA'S DEATH 2nd IN ONE MONTH AT PALMERSTON NORTH DHB MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY..
    ERICA'S DEATH 2nd IN ONE MONTH AT PALMERSTON NORTH DHB MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY..
    These two deaths prompted an external review into the MidCentral DHB's service, uncovering a litany of systemic issues.
    Anyone casually glancing at the media will see this is an ongoing and growing nationwide problem - not just in Palmerston North, not just in Hamilton, but with the leadership, funding and type of support services available for those with mental illness problems in New Zealand.
    Posted: Tuesday 9 June 2015
  • Former CTU secretary Peter Conway dies
    Peter Conway, former Council of Trade Unions secretary, died in Wellington today. A family statement said he battled a depressive illness for more than a year and carried it with the same dignity and kindness that he lived his life. "Peter committed his whole working life to improving the lives of working people, both in unions and, more recently, as the economist and secretary of the Council of Trade Unions.
    Posted: Tuesday 9 June 2015
  • Social Investment Bonds: A further means to erode democracy?
    From Poverty Action Waikato... A number of social services in the Waikato are deeply concerned with the government’s direction towards the implementation of Social Investment Bonds. The increased involvement of the private sector in the provision of social services potentially compromises democracy and threatens the ongoing viability of the state as a protector of the common good.
    Posted: Friday 5 June 2015
  • 'I think about suicide everyday' - Christchurch shed couple
    On day three of an investigation into housing issues in post-earthquake Christchurch, SHELLEY ROBINSON talks to a couple who had a happy ending after sleeping on a mattress in a shed for four months.
    Posted: Thursday 4 June 2015
  • Complaints about Southern DHB increase 60%
    A big rise in Health and Disability Commissioner complaints about Southern District Health Board services has been revealed. Thirty-two people complained to the patient watchdog in the last six months of 2014, a report to a hospital advisory committee in Invercargill today shows.
    Posted: Wednesday 3 June 2015
  • How to fix Canada’s mental health system
    Too many patients seeking mental health diagnosis and treatment are falling through the cracks – at tremendous economic and human cost. But, Erin Anderssen reports, it doesn’t have to be this way. Public coverage for psychotherapy, using technology to reach across vast distances and making sure we educate the young about mental health are just a few of the proven ways Canada can deliver the quality care patients need
    Posted: Tuesday 2 June 2015
  • Privatised mental health concerns
    Giving private investors an opportunity to invest in the provision of mental health social services and make money from them could have disastrous consequences, the Dunedin Methodist Mission says.
    Posted: Tuesday 2 June 2015
  • Community website Neighbourly sheds light on mental health issues
    Janelle McNeil has always been open about her mental health issues. The 31 year-old is now engaging with her community to give others the confidence to follow-suit. Through New Zealand's private and free neighbourhood website, Neighbourly, Woolston resident McNeil is initiating conversations around mental health.
    Posted: Monday 1 June 2015

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