Mental health service on hold during clinical psychologists’ strike

About 600 clinical psychologists are refusing to work overtime for six weeks as they negotiate with the country’s 17 district health boards for increased pay.

Auckland District Health Board said one of its after-hours talking therapy groups for children and adolescents cannot run.

Director of provider services Joanne Gibbs said while rescheduling has been minimal, the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) group sessions will be postponed during the strike.

“We understand that service users and whānau may feel concerned about the pausing of some DBT group sessions during this period. I would like to assure service users and whānau they will still have comprehensive support through this time,” she said.

Ms Gibbs said other services would run as usual, including urgent after-hours mental health services.