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New Resources for Schools to Teach Mental Health & Hauora
The Ministry of Education have recently released a resource designed to help teach mental health and wellbeing in schools, complete with lesson ideas and activities called Mental Health Education and Hauora: Teaching interpersonal skills, resilience, and wellbeing.
The Ministry of Education has partnered with the NZ Health Education Association to deliver hard copies of the book to schools with year 7 students up and the PDF version of the book can be downloaded by other schools.
To find out more, watch Kat Wells, co-author and health education teacher from Lynfield College in Auckland.
1737 Introduces Peer Support Option
As part of our wellbeing response to COVID-19, we have recently funded a new, free telehealth option for those looking for mental health support from someone who knows.
People calling the team at the National Telehealth Service 1737 need to talk? now have the option of speaking to someone with lived experience of wairangi/mental distress – it’s called Peer Support.
The new option is available by phone between 2pm and 10pm and is in addition to the phone and text support from trained counsellors already available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Due to the impact COVID-19 is having on our lives, some people are experiencing – possibly for the first time – economic and employment distress, anxiety around the uncertainties of the changing COVID environment, alcohol and other drugs issues and relationship challenges.
A trained peer support worker can help normalise experience of distress and when appropriate, share what helped them or suggest actions that might help to support a person experiencing distress make sense of their own situation and make changes that help them recover. Many people find peer support to be an influential factor in their recovery.
During the first month of operation, almost a third of 1737 callers elected to speak to a peer support worker. The Peer Support option will be available for an initial period until the end of February 2021.
Covid-19: Up to half of NZ families now experiencing mental health issues - study
As many as half of New Zealand families say they are experiencing mental health issues in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new report has found.
The report by Panadol has revealed half of New Zealand families have experienced depression, anxiety or stress in recent months.
Psychologist Sara Chatwin told The AM Show women have been hit harder. The report found 28 percent of women felt more stressed or anxious than any other time in their life, compared to 21 percent of men.
Where to find support:
- Shine (domestic violence) - 0508 744 633
- Women's Refuge - 0800 733 843 (0800 REFUGE)
- Need to Talk? - Call or text 1737
- What's Up - 0800 WHATS UP (0800 942 8787)
- Lifeline - 0800 543 354 or (09) 5222 999 within Auckland
- Youthline - 0800 376 633, text 234, email firstname.lastname@example.org or online chat
- Samaritans - 0800 726 666
- Depression Helpline - 0800 111 757
- Suicide Crisis Helpline - 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
- Shakti Community Council - 0800 742 584
Funding boost of $20 million of help tackle meth and addiction in the regions
The government is investing $20 million to reduce the damage methamphetamine use is causing to families and communities in the regions.
The Regional Economic Development Minister, Shane Jones, said meth use was killing regional New Zealand.
Click here to read article from Radio NZ.
Every Life Matters - He Tapu te Oranga
If you haven’t seen it already, click here for the Every Life Matters – He Tapu te Oranga, the 2019-29 Suicide Prevention Strategy for Aotearoa New Zealand.
- Suicide Prevention Strategy 2019–2029 outlines the framework and strategic direction for how we can work together in a coordinated way to achieve the vision.
- Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2019–2024 identifies specific actions that will be undertaken to help achieve the vision, prevent suicide and support people affected by suicide in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
The Ministry of Health has a stewardship role to transform New Zealand’s mental health and addiction system. They are leading the work on many of the 13 new Budget 2019 mental health, wellbeing and addiction initiatives.
Detailed information on the funding provided in Budget 2019 can be found on the Government’s Budget website, including other wellbeing initiatives led by other government agencies.
Many of the Budget 2019 initiatives strongly align with the Government’s response to He Ara Oranga, the report of the independent inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction.
- Read about the new mental health and addiction initiatives in Budget 2019.
Lifting Māori and Pacific peoples’ health outcomes is another important focus of Budget 2019. Funding for this purpose is included in most health initiatives, as well as being a specific focus of others such as the Māori and Pacific workforce development initiatives and culturally-relevant mental health, wellbeing and addiction initiatives.
Infrastructure and workforce
Strengthening the foundations of the health system – both in terms of investing in health infrastructure and the health workforce – is a strong theme of Budget 2019. Over the next two years an additional $1.7 billion will be invested in health sector capital projects.
Boosting the health and disability workforce is also a focus of Budget 2019, including $24.5 million over four years to fund more graduate registered nurses and graduate enrolled nurses to complete nurse entry to practice programmes. It will also fund more nurse coaches, mentors, supervision and better support for new graduates.
Rural health is getting an additional $18 million over four years to provide more GP training placements in rural and regional areas, and rural locum relief for midwives working in rural settings.
Click here to read more of the initiatives from the Ministry of Health website.