http://bit.ly/30M7ryUhttp://bit.ly/30M7ryUhttp://bit.ly/30M7ryU After collecting 13,017 total observations over 5,270 study days, the study’s authors found that adolescents’ technology usage did not predict later mental health problems. Their mental health was also no different on the days they used more screen time than on the days they used less. Even the kidsContinue Reading

https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/home/myths?stage=Stage This myth is a close relative of the “old dog” one. Again the amount of evidence available on the benefits in older age of regular exercise, healthy eating, keeping your brain active, and staying connected to other people is almost overwhelming. Despite this, many older adults think it’s tooContinue Reading

http://bit.ly/2YQtKmi In the 1980s, British audiences smiled bemusedly at neurosis-laden Woody Allen films and the normality with which American television and cinema treated notions of therapy, meds and interventions. To a British ear, the protagonists of these human melodramas could seem self-absorbed, foolish and narcissistic; figures of fun to beContinue Reading

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/101336297/government-confirms-100m-mental-health-initiatives-under-review However Treasury officials and Finance Minister Grant Robertson confirmed to Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Select Committee that the money was there – a briefing Clark was forced to admit he was aware of, in the House last week. The argument revolves around whether the previous Government had formally “appropriated”Continue Reading

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/104176279/will-the-inquiry-really-be-the-saviour-of-the-mental-health-system The Government delivered its first Budget last week, and while health was the overall winner, there was little for mental health. The previous government’s ring-fenced $100 million for mental health was placed back into the wider pool of health funding. In response to criticism about a lack of fundingContinue Reading

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11980494 Ardern said mental health was a personal issue for “many, many New Zealanders”. “Most of us will know a friend or whānau member that has faced a mental health challenge in their lives. Plenty have reached out and received the support required, but too many still have unhappy storiesContinue Reading