The number of patients who had electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) against their will appears to have skyrocketed in New Zealand.
The difference one person can make by reaching out and connecting with another cannot be underestimated, says the chairwoman of a Waitaki group tackling the issue of suicide.
More than $12,500 was raised during an art auction and party in Arrowtown on Saturday night for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, and to support a cycle tour of New Zealand.
It is "just silly" the now-defunct Mental Health Commission spent $346,800 on a single outside contractor during 2011-12 to develop a mental health plan, Labour MP and mental health spokesman Iain Lees-Galloway says.
A Southern District Health Board committee approved a three-year mental health and addiction plan yesterday, amid apprehension of tightening funds for mental health.
A campaign for a mental health facility in Central Otago is gathering support, and all that is lacking is funding.
Up to 70% of people who sought help for mental health or addiction problems actually had a problem with both, and the health sector was failing them, those attending a mental health workshop heard.
The National Health Board has agreed to review the mental health "ring-fence" funding formula for the Southern District Health Board to find out whether an "aberration" is forcing it to overspend in the area, chairman Joe Butterfield says.
A group of Dunedin psychotherapists is concerned there is no counselling service for cancer patients at Dunedin Hospital following a staff resignation, but a limited service will be available from mid-February.
As Otago's mental-health sector braces for spending cuts, a visiting Italian psychiatrist says the secret of a successful mental-health service is integrating physical and mental health and allowing people access to 24-hour help centres.
Notions of liberty and freedom are problematic when it comes to imposing mental-health compulsion orders, University of Otago law Prof John Dawson told mental-health nurses in Dunedin yesterday.
Approval for the Southern District Health Board's district annual plan means building work should soon begin on the relocation of Dunedin Hospital's acute mental health ward to Wakari Hospital.
New Zealand would benefit considerably if more attention was paid to "Gross National Happiness" instead of simply to Gross National Product, a Canadian health specialist, Michael Pennock, says.
"If you make a difference for one family, then it's worthwhile." Since the death of her teenage son in 2003, Oamaru woman Helen Algar has been involved in raising public awareness about text-message bullying.
Confronting mental health staff with the internal voices many psychiatric patients hear was the basis of a workshop hosted by the Southern District Health Board yesterday.
The statutory management order on Idea Services will not affect Otago clients or their carers, Otago area manager Daniel Barnett says.
Psychotherapy was squeezed out of mental health by a management-run "business model", Ministry of Health mental health director Dr David Chaplow told a conference in Dunedin yesterday.
The Southern District Health Board says a looming mental health care deficit means some services may be reduced as the board seeks to balance its books.
Western culture seems "afraid of sadness", but this "soulful emotion" actually offers many opportunities for personal growth and development, visiting Australian counsellor and author Karen Masman says.