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IIMHL New Zealand Special Update

The following links are a summary of the IIMHL AND IIDL UPDATE – 15 NOVEMBER 2014

If you want further information on the IIMHL organisation go here. To sign up for their mailing list go here.

For general enquiries about these links or for other IIMHL information please contact Erin Geaney at erin@iimhl.com.

  1. The Physical Health of People with a Serious Mental Illness and/or Addiction: An evidence review
  2. Stories of Success
  3. Tihei Mauri Ora: Supporting whānau through suicidal distress
  4. New ‘wellbeing bank’ for baby boomers
  5. “There is always someone worse off…” (regarding the earthquakes in Christchurch)
  6. Debriefing following seclusion and restraint: A summary of relevant literature
  7. Families and whānau status report 2014: Towards measuring the wellbeing of families and whānau
  8. Growing Up in New Zealand: Vulnerability Report 1: Exploring the Definition of Vulnerability for Children in their First 1000 Days (July 2014)
  9. Parents or caregivers of children with a disability have a voice in New Zealand (video playlist)

Also recommended in the update are:

Effective parenting programmes: A review of the effectiveness of parenting programmes for parents of vulnerable children
(2014, April 14). Wellington: Families Commission

New Zealand practice guidelines for opioid substitution treatment
(2014, April). Wellington: Ministry of Health



The Press: Mental Health Wards Clogged with the Homeless

Olivia Carville of The Press writes on Stuff.co.nz:

“The CDHB is trying to deal with the “urgent dilemma” created by the city’s social housing shortage. At a CDHB meeting yesterday, specialist mental health services manager Toni Gutschlag said the housing shortage was causing “significant problems”. On any given night, up to 25 patients were staying in Hillmorton Hospital – when they did not need to be there – because of a lack of affordable housing options.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Engage Aotearoa is aware that acute wards of hospitals in every city are often used by those with no better place to go. We feel it highlights the need for better and more viable accommodation options for those coming out of acute care.

North Shore Auckland: Bereavement Support Group

The Grief Centre runs a variety of support groups, looking at different aspects of loss and grief each week. 

Upcoming group: the next group starting in June on the North Shore is a Bereavement Support Group for those who have experienced a bereavement sometime in the last few years.  This is an opportunity to meet with others who may have been through similar experiences.

The programme is facilitated by qualified and experienced counsellors.  Each week they look at different aspects of the loss and grief experience, giving you an opportunity to talk about your loss and reflect on the changes this has brought to your life.  With this may come new understanding of what has happened to you and ways to adjust to this loss.

The group will be held on Wednesdays, 10am – 12noon, with the exact start date in June to be finalised dependent on numbers. 

Registrations are essential.  Please contact The Grief Centre on 09 418 1457 or email info@griefcentre.org.nz for information about this group and others due to start soon around Auckland.

Skylight Earthquake Support

Skylight’s free earthquake support counselling service is available for all ages

0800 299 100. (Monday- Friday – 9-5)

and their website has an earthquake recovery page available,

which is full of support resources and trauma support information.