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The jury is out….Results of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction

10 July, 2019

posted in commentary, events, wellbeing

Last year, over 5000 people or organisations made submissions to the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry – maybe you were one of them. The panel made a 5 minute animation to summarise the findings of He Oranga which you can watch by clicking on the following linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=306&v=uBvx526ZTnc

To read the full report in a range of formats go to:

www.mentalhealth.inquiry.govt.nz or follow this linkhttps://mentalhealth.inquiry.govt.nz/


Introducing the Inquiry Panel – Sir Mason Durie, Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath, Professor Ron Paterson (Chair), Minister Clark, Dean Rangihuna, Dr Barbara Disley and Josiah Tualamali’i at the handover of the report to the Government on 28 November.
Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry

Key findings:

We can do more to help each other

We have a solid foundation to build on

We’re not getting the outcomes we want

Quality of services and facilities is variable

Key components of the system are missing

It’s time to build a new mental health and addictions system on the existing foundations to provide a continuum of care and support.

Extremism is not a mental illness

2 April, 2019

posted in commentary

This blog is a summary of a statement from the Mental Health Foundation of NZ (20 March, 2019) following the terrorist attack. We thought it was so good we would put a shorter version on our website.

Following the 15th March’s appalling terrorist attack, many people have suggested that the terrorist must have been mentally ill. It is perhaps comforting to think this but this answer is probably fiction. It wrongly connects mental distress with ‘violence’ or ‘threatening’ and ‘a risk to the community’ which is deeply troubling. The terrorist is an extremist but it is an unfair leap to assume we can blame mental illness for his actions. One, it lets ourselves and the country off the hook from reckoning with racism, white supremacy and the anti-immigrant sentiments that directly led to this attack. This is not part of mental illness. Two, people who live with mental health issues in NZ are already some of the most vulnerable people, recipients of prejudice and discrimination and incorrectly blamed for disproportionate amounts of violence.

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They’re gonna find me out! The curious case of the Impostor phenomenon

4 November, 2018

posted in help me, treatment, uncategorised

Did you know about 70% of people will experience the impostor phenomenon (fear of failure, fear of success, a sometimes obsessive perfectionist drive, and an inability to accept praise and achievement, combined with a genuine belief that you, the ‘impostor’, will be found out for being a fake).  To put it simply, it is the experience of feeling like a phony or a fraud.  It is particularly prevalent among high achieving women.

Common thoughts and feelings include:

  • I must not fail
  • I feel like a fake
  • My success was pure luck
  • I don’t deserve to be in this job

Common behaviours include: read more »

Celebs help reduce the stigma of mental illness

13 July, 2018

posted in wellbeing

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has discussed his battle with depression. Mariah Carey recently revealed she has bipolar disorder. Prince Harry said he needed counseling to deal with years of grief and anger following the death of his mother, Princess Diana. And “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds has acknowledged dealing with an anxiety disorder.

As the stigma surrounding mental illness has declined in recent years, so has the reluctance many have had to discuss their own mental health issues, including celebrities. It’s become the new norm for stars to divulge vulnerabilities once kept closely guarded. read more »

Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry

11 April, 2018

posted in events, feedback, research, wellbeing

An inquiry has been set up into NZ mental health and addiction services.  The inquiry panel want to engage with EVERYONE including service users and their family/whanau.  They would like to hear all ideas – big and small, specific or broad, innovative or building on what’s already happening.  HAVE YOUR SAY…..

The panel intend to hold meetings, forums, hui and fono across the country.  They would like to directly reach out to everyone including Maori, Pasifika, young people, people with disabilities, LGBTIQA+ groups, rural people, elderly, veterans, minorities, immigrants and refugee populations, victims of violence and people in correctional facilities.

WAYS TO MAKE YOUR VIEWS KNOWN:

Email:                            mentalhealthinquiry@dia.govt.nz

Inquiry website:          www.mentalhealth.inquiry.govt.nz

Online form: https://www.dia.govt.nz/Government-Inquiry-into-Mental-Health-and-Addiction

Future steps:

An 0800 line will be set up

Look out for social media forums

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