Mental Health and Wellbeing / Mental Illness

For Psychiatric Emergencies call 0800 920 092.
Community and Public Health provides population health services and information. We are unable to work with individuals regarding their health issues.

Mental illness is common, but can severely impact on people’s lives.
Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey found that:

  • 47% of the population are predicted to meet criteria for a disorder at some time in their lives, with 40% having already done so and 21% having had a disorder in the past 12 months.
  • Younger people have a higher prevalence of disorder in the past 12 months and are more likely to report having ever had a disorder by any particular age.
  • Females are more likely to experience an anxiety disorder, major depression and eating disorders than males.
  • Males have a substantially higher prevalence for substance use disorders than females.
  • People who are disadvantaged by education, household income or living in areas of socio-economic deprivation are more likely to experience mental illness.
  • Māori have higher rates of mental health disorders overall than the rest of the population (30% vs. 19%) and experience greater severity, burden and impact. Three in five Māori will develop a mental illness at some time in their life, and one in three Māori will experience a substance disorder at some time in their life.

People with a mental disorder frequently have more than one disorder. There is also a relationship between mental disorder and chronic physical conditions.



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Contact your local CPH office for further information:

Ph: +64 3 364 1777
Fax: +64 3 379 6125

Ph: +64 3 687 2600
Fax: +64 3 688 6091

Ph: +64 3 768 1160
Fax: +64 3 768 1169

For additional information, contact:

Psychiatric Emergency Line
0800 920 092

Canterbury Support Line
(EQ support and counselling)
0800 777 846

Depression Helpline
0800 111 757

0800 LifeLine
0800 543 354

Page last updated: 04/07/2016

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