News: July 2015

    In the latest news from the chaotic Mental Health & Addiction Services at Waikato DHB, a person has been accused in the Hamilton District Court (25 July) of stealing a psychiatrist's identity and working as a psychiatrist for the DHB between January and July 2015.
    Coming on top of admissions that some of Nicky Stevens' records have mysteriously disappeared, the sacking and removal of managers in charge of this part of the DHB, and hopelessly ineffective security leading to escapes & a death...
    Posted: Saturday 25 July 2015
  • Emergency Department Staff Attitudes About Limiting Access to Lethal Means
    Marian Betz, M.D., M.P.H., from the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado in Denver, is working to identify the attitudes and behaviors of emergency department (ED) doctors and nurses towards asking about access to firearms and other lethal means. More than half of suicides are by firearms and limiting access to lethal means has been proven around the world to decrease suicides.
    Posted: Wednesday 22 July 2015
  • Nicky Stevens' death not to be investigated by Waikato DHB any time soon
    A Hamilton family is considering legal action to prompt the Waikato District Health Board to investigate their son's death.
    Nicky Stevens was a patient at Waikato Hospital's Rongomau Henry Bennett Centre when he died in March.
    Stevens' father Dave Macpherson, met with Waikato DHB chief executive Nigel Murray, and director of clinical services for the mental health and addictions Dr Rees Tapsell, on Wednesday.
    Posted: Thursday 16 July 2015
  • New research points to importance of helping youth
    When Beulah Koale got the call to help out youth-targeted website Common Ground, he knew exactly what to do.
    The ex-Shortland Street and The Last Saint actor almost lost a friend to suicide just a couple of years ago.
    Posted: Monday 13 July 2015
  • Young woman's life saved by a touching Facebook post
    Young Aucklander Ruby Joy says her life was saved by the touching words of British literary star Julie Burchill, who recently lost her son to suicide.
    The 23-year-old social work student from Morrinsville battled anorexia and depression since her teens, leading to dark suicidal thoughts. However, a post her Facebook friend Julie Burchill penned about her own son's suicide helped Ruby realise the effect her death could have on those close to her.
    Posted: Wednesday 8 July 2015
  • Doctor pursued female patient with mental health issues
    A Northland doctor attracted to a young female patient with mental health issues showered her with gifts and even offered to take her to Hawaii for a holiday.
    Posted: Wednesday 8 July 2015
  • Mental health carers saw stabbing accused hours before deadly attack
    Mental health carers saw a young woman accused of a stabbing attack just hours before a grandfather was killed and four other people, including a 9-year-old boy, were wounded.
    Hudson Garratt, 67, was killed, and three family members and a neighbour were injured in the attack in Broderick Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington, on Wednesday night.
    Posted: Wednesday 8 July 2015
  • Call for more help in the South on suicides
    An apparent rise in the number of suicides has prompted a call for improvements to southern mental health services.
    Posted: Wednesday 8 July 2015
  • Mental health service stretched to capacity
    Mental health services are being stretched to capacity in Northland due to a sharp increase in the number of people using them.
    Along with that increase, staff safety has been identified as an issue at the Tumanako Inpatient Unit at Whangarei Hospital. Over the last five years assaults on mental health staff accounted for 101 of 153 total staff assaults, equating to two out of three.
    Posted: Tuesday 7 July 2015
  • Suicide rate a 'national tragedy'
    A Tauranga man who lost his son to suicide says 569 suspected suicides in one year is a "national tragedy".
    Statistics released by Justice Minister Amy Adams to New Zealand First leader Winston Peters revealed in the 12 months to May this year, there had been 569 suspected suicides throughout the country.
    Posted: Sunday 5 July 2015
  • Suicide toll reaches highest rate since records kept
    The provisional suicide toll has risen to its highest figure since the coroner's office started releasing the statistics.
    From the year June 2014- May 2015, 569 people died by suicide or suspected suicide.
    Last year (for the year ending 30 June 2014) that number was 529.
    Posted: Friday 3 July 2015
  • Hospital court appearance for Johnsonville stabbing accused
    A court appearance has been held at Hutt Hospital this afternoon for the 25-year-old woman charged with four counts of assault with a weapon following a stabbing spree in Johnsonville on Wednesday.
    The woman entered no plea and was remanded in care pending a psychiatric assessment.
    Posted: Friday 3 July 2015

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