Mental Health and Illness

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Mental illness is common, but can severely impact on people’s lives. Recent research found that:

  • Almost one-third of people in New Zealand have a personal experience of mental distress;
  • Members of the LGBTQIA+ rainbow community are almost twice as likely to have a personal experience of mental distress (67 percent);
  • Māori and young adults aged 18 to 24 years also have higher rates of mental distress;
  • Pasifika and Asian people report lower rates of mental distress; and
  • Most people know someone who experiences mental distress (77 percent).

Source: Mental Distress and Discrimination in Aotearoa New Zealand: Results from 2015-2018 Mental Health Monitor and 2018 Health and Lifestyles Survey (Health Promotion Agency 2020).

Getting Through Together

People with a serious mental illness or addiction experience significantly worse physical health than the general population.

Unmet mental health support for pregnant New Zealand women

Growing Up in New Zealand media release: 15th July 2021

The first-ever study to look at anti-depressant use and symptoms of depression in pregnant New Zealand women has identified unmet need for antenatal mental health support.

The research examined anti-depressant use and symptoms of depression in more than 6,000 pregnant women participating in Growing Up in New Zealand – this country’s largest longitudinal study.

The study found that around 3.2 percent of pregnant women in the study took anti-depressants, but a further 12 percent experienced symptoms of depression without receiving medication. The study was funded by the Better Start National Science Challenge.

Better Start researcher and University of Auckland Quantitative Social Science lecturer Dr Stephanie D’Souza says the findings are important because antenatal depression can lead to poorer health outcomes for both mother and baby.

“It’s vital that pregnant women receive adequate support and treatment for depression because we know that pregnant women who have untreated depression are more likely to experience post-partum depression and to have pre-term and low birth weight babies,” she says.

The women were asked about their anti-depressant use in pregnancy, but also completed a standard tool used for screening depression in pregnancy (The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale).



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Wellbeing resources for workplaces

Mental wellbeing is one of the most valuable business assets. Workplaces that prioritise mental health have better engagement, reduced absenteeism and higher productivity, while employees have improved wellbeing, greater morale and higher job satisfaction.

Several resources are available to improve or address wellbeing in workplaces:


Innovation funding gives life to knowledge-sharing network

The Government’s commitment to increase innovation and collaboration across mental wellbeing services in New Zealand has enabled the establishment of a knowledge-sharing network dedicated to helping the mental health and addiction system improve people’s wellbeing.

Te Whāriki o te Ara Oranga is a network for innovators, leaders and influencers in mental health and addiction services to share great ideas about what works.

The purpose of Te Whāriki o te Ara Oranga is to improve services for tāngata whai ora and whānau. It is a shared safe space to wānanga – listen, contemplate and create solutions.

Page last updated: 19/07/2021

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