Crisis mental health services play a critical and valuable role; they are crucial to the delivery of mental health services in New Zealand. Furthermore, they underpin both District Health Board mental health services as well as services provided by non-government organisations (NGOs) and community agencies. This review looks into these services, outlining the strengths and shortcomings faced by those using the services and providing them.
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The paper is about the recovery experiences of four families with a son, daughter or sibling who has been diagnosed with an ongoing mental illness. The four families were interviewed for the Mental Health Commission and their accounts follow.
This paper follows interviews with four tangata whaiora who provide their individual journeys through the mental health system.
This paper outlines key issues in employment and mental health. It is intended to generate discussion and better understanding of the issues among the mental health sector, the employment and income support sectors, and people with experience of mental illness, with a view to developing better employment responses for people with mental illness.
This paper outlines key issues in housing provision for people with serious mental illness and suggests a policy framework. It draws on the limited research available on the housing needs of people with mental illness and on information available from the mental health sector. It is intended to generate discussion and better understanding of the issues in the mental health and housing sectors.
This report focuses on Pacific peoples experiences of living with mental illness. The interviewees included five Samoans, two people from the Cook Islands, and one person of Tahitian descent from the Pitcairn Islands. Six of the eight interviewees were New Zealand born. Their ages ranged from mid 20s to 40s. Most had used mental health services for 10 years or more. Three of the interviewees live in Auckland, the rest in the Wellington region.
This report describes the Taylor Centre, a community mental health service in Auckland, New Zealand, operated Auckland Healthcare Ltd. The Taylor Centre was identified by the Mental Health Commission as:
This short paper promotes discussion about and encourages non-discriminatory, ethical research in the mental health area. The paper is not intended to be a definitive guide to ethical issues in social science research involving mental health consumers; rather, it promotes discussion about appropriate and ethical research methods to use with consumers.
This report examines discrimination against mental health consumers and provides guidance on how such discrimination can be reduced. The purpose of this report was to provide the Mental Health Commission with a better understanding of discrimination within mental health services.
This series presents the results of the 2015 Mental Health Monitor (NZMHM).
The 2015 NZMHM collected data related to overall mental health and wellbeing, connectedness and support, mental distress (depression, anxiety and psychological distress), knowledge of depression and anxiety, help-seeking behaviour and intentions, and attitudes towards people experiencing mental distress. Measures relate to participants’ personal lives, and in the community.
Travellers is an early intervention programme run by Skylight for students (generally in Year 9) in New Zealand secondary schools.In order to build on existing studies on Travellers, Skylight commissioned the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) to conduct an external evaluation that explored the short- and medium-term outcomes for the young people who took part in this programme in 2008 or 2009. This study began in April 2011 and finished in January 2012. The overarching evaluation questions were:
At present, the structure in New Zealand for treating mental disorder and supporting mental health is neither optimal nor working well. However, we have the understanding to design and build a new structure that is enabled by the social investment approach. The new structure will involve all social-sector ministries, because they not only deal with the consequences of the broken system, they are also part of the solution – and some of the needed resources are already in place.
Not all suicide is the same and youth suicide often has different drivers to suicide at later ages. Further while much is spoken and argued about its prevention, it remains a complex and contentious area with much advocacy for unproven interventions. This disccusion paper makes the point that youth suicide is more than simply a mental health issue and that, with what we know at present, the focus must also include an emphasis on primary prevention starting from very early in life.
This is a methods report for the combination of three survey datasets. The 2015 and 2016 New Zealand Mental Health Survey (NZMHS) and the 2016 Health and Lifestyles Survey (HLS) datasets were pooled in order to allow researchers to analyse itemsrelated to mental health for small sub-population groups, such as subgroups of Pacific peoples or Māori.
This report considers whether discharge planning is completed as intended, whether the needs identified are met after people leave hospital, and whether discharge planning is helping to improve outcomes for people.
Adolescence can be a period of high vulnerability for young people. To support their resilience and wellbeing, the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project (YMHP) was launched in 2012 as a package of initiatives to complement existing services. Focus was placed on youth aged 12 to 19 with, or at risk of developing, mild to moderate mental health issues. Below features the 2017 research outputs.
The New Zealand Mental Health Survey (NZMHS) is a nationally-representative survey of New Zealand adults aged 15 years and over, aimed at providing regular and robust quantitative data on key mental health issues in New Zealand. The NZMHS is managed by the Health Promotion Agency (HPA) and aims to assess depression rates, monitor community-based stigma towards those suffering mental distress, measure psychological distress rates, gauge social connectedness, and appraise societal knowledge of mental health illnesses. 2016 was the second year the NZMHS was in field.
Social Work Now, Issue 19, pages 8-13.
Annette Beautrais, Peter Ellis and Don Smith report on their unique study of suicide risk among youth in contact with Child, Youth and Family.
This discussion paper highlights key issues for Pacific mental health services and workforce development. Pacific people living in New Zealand comprise approximately 6 percent of the New Zealand population, which will double to 12 percent by 2051. Socio-economic trends, together with the demographic characteristics of the Pacific population suggest particular mental health needs of Pacific people will need to be addressed.
Crisis mental health services play a critical and valuable role; they are crucial to the delivery of mental health services in New Zealand. Furthermore, they underpin both District Health Board mental health services as well as services provided by non-government organisations (NGOs) and community agencies. This report provides a review of these services.