• 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
    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
  • Govt to Issue 'Social Bonds' for Mental Health services
    Private investors are about be given the opportunity to invest in and make money from the provision of social services. ONE News understands that this week the Government will announce plans to issue New Zealand's first ever social bond for the provision of some mental health services.
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    Posted: Sunday 31 May 2015
  • Do You Recognise This Tattoo?
    The Hamilton police officer calling for the info in this 9-month-old case - Det Sgt. Will Loughrin - was the same one that eventually organised the search for Nicky Stevens - but had failed to read the reference on the file to Nicky's suicide risk (known from conversation with Nicky's dad), and also was the one that told the family that Nicky's 'missing persons' report was not a priority that necessitated immediate action. In this case the victim was 'homeless' so perhaps also didn't rate priori
    Posted: Saturday 30 May 2015
    People & groups in positions of power who have refused to investigate issues re Nicky Stevens' death and/or refused to supply full information they hold about this - Wendy Ball (District Inspector of Mental Health, Lawyer & Law Professor at Waikato Uni; NZ Law Society; John Crawshaw (Director of Mental Health at Ministry of Health).
    Posted: Friday 29 May 2015
  • And yet ANOTHER missing person from the Henry Bennett Centre!
    The family of Nicky Stevens hope very much that Henry Bennett Centre patient Finesse Kairau is safe and well and remains so, wherever she is.
    We applaud the prompt Police search for Finesse, which we understand began early yesterday evening, shortly after she disappeared, and included searches of the Hospital grounds, river and lake environs, including the use of a boat.
    Posted: Wednesday 27 May 2015
  • 'Young and the Restless' Star Kristoff St. John Talks Lawsuit Against Mental Facility Over Son's Death
    Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John and his ex-wife Mia tragically lost their son Julian last November, and are now claiming in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday that the mental health facility he was staying in at the time of his death was "widespread and pervasive" in their negligence. Julian, an artist, had been suffering from schizophrenia for years. His death was reported as a suicide.
    Posted: Tuesday 26 May 2015
  • New Zealanders accepting of race, religion but not mental illness
    New Zealanders are accepting of diversity, sexuality and religion but not of mental illness.
    The 2014 New Zealand General Social Survey, which surveyed 9000 people, showed just around three quarters of New Zealanders would be accepting of a neighbour with different sexual orientations, in minority groups and with different religious views but substantially fewer would be accepting of a neighbour with mental illness.
    Posted: Tuesday 26 May 2015
  • DHB Failed Suicidal Mental Health Patient
    Another botched mental health care example - from the Hutt Valley. We totally agree with Corinda's assessment that the psychiatrist should not be working if this was his response. Very similar to the actions & file notes of Nicky's useless (and dangerous) Henry Bennett Centre psychiatrist [name removed until Coroners' Hearing], who also remains working. Thank goodness the family fought for their child!
    Posted: Monday 25 May 2015
  • Search for missing man not given priority, says Nicky Stevens' family
    The family of Hamilton man Nicky Stevens believe their son may have been found alive had police acted sooner. His body was found in the Waikato River on March 12, 2015, 3 days after he was reported missing from the mental health facility where he was under a compulsory care order. Stevens' father, Dave Macpherson, said a witness statement placed Stevens in the city centre on March 10, the day after he disappeared from the Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre. His body was discovered on 12 March.
    Posted: Monday 25 May 2015
  • Dave Macpherson – Death of Nicky Stevens – police inaction slammed
    When my son failed to return on 9th March from an ‘unescorted’ cigarette break from a ‘secure’ unit at Waikato Hospital’s Henry Bennett Centre the family was sick with worry, knowing his two recent attempts at suicide, and his recurrent talk of suicide made him an exceptionally high suicide risk while he was on his own.
    Posted: Monday 25 May 2015
  • 'SUNDAY' TV Programme - June 24th
    Imagine this. Your son has a mental illness, he's vulnerable, you are worried about his safety. He goes into a psychiatric hospital for treatment then he's allowed out unsupervised despite your pleas to keep him safe. This is the nightmare a Waikato family has faced... one with terrible consequences.
    Posted: Sunday 24 May 2015
  • Sweet home ... not the slammer: Taking a new approach to mental health
    Not a bad option for some - and it's right next door in Tauranga, and doesn't rely on a discredited psychiatric and/or drug-related response to mental illness!
    Unfortunately never an approach made available to Nicky, despite his family raising the need for a wholistic approach to his treatment with his community 'providers'...
    Posted: Sunday 17 May 2015
  • 'Better care could have saved life'
    A young Perth woman could have been less likely to take her own life if she had been better treated by WA mental health services, the State's former chief psychiatrist said at her inquest yesterday.
    Posted: Tuesday 12 May 2015

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