Category Archives: NZ Mental Health

The case of the MIA Minister of Education and the rogue officials. — Kiwiblog

As detailed a few days ago the Villa Education Trust is in a huge battle with the Ministry of Education to be allowed to provide specialised education for up to 480 neuro-diverse learners through a non-zoned, Designated Character School, near an Auckland transport hub. There is massive demand for this. We received new information today.…

via The case of the MIA Minister of Education and the rogue officials. — Kiwiblog

Face of the Day — The BFD

tml“Dear Prime Minister, I’m confused” From Mikes facey. pic.twitter.com/2oIMFwzkQB— ???? ?????? (@Soul_of_a_Sage) July 12, 2021 Screenshot of comment on BFD Article 13/07/21 Dear Mike King,Here are the ten steps to guarantee Government funding for your Gumboot Friday programme.Sorted. pic.twitter.com/lHr3rOZVM6— Taxpayers’ Union (@TaxpayersUnion) July 13, 2021

via Face of the Day — The BFD

Jacinda signed off Mob funding — Kiwiblog

Newshub reports: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed she signed off on millions of dollars to fund a meth rehab programme run by the Mongrel Mob. Nearly $3 million in funding seized from gangs and criminals by police is being used to fund the Mongrel Mob’s Kahukura drug and trauma rehabilitation scheme, Hawke’s Bay Today newspaper revealed on…

via Jacinda signed off Mob funding — Kiwiblog

Labour Blocks Inquiry into Mental Health Facilities — The BFD

In a predictable but disappointing move Labour yesterday blocked an inquiry into the slow roll out of mental health facilities, National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says. “Both Labour and National have criticised how long it’s taking to get a shovel in the ground and build these 15 new inpatient mental health facilities, but it’s…

via Labour Blocks Inquiry into Mental Health Facilities — The BFD

Drug and alcohol programmes in prison down 75% — Kiwiblog

Newshub reports: The Government has promised to improve mental health but the number of prisoners attending drug and alcohol programmes has plummeted by 75 percent in five years. …And despite health being one of prison’s biggest issues, the number of prisoners in drug and alcohol programmes is plummeting. Five years ago, about 6300 programmes were…

via Drug and alcohol programmes in prison down 75% — Kiwiblog

Cannabis use may be associated with suicidality in young adults — Family First NZ

National Institute on Drug Abuse 22 June 2021 Family First Comment: More proof that NZ dodged a bullet by voting NO…. “An analysis of survey data from more than 280,000 young adults ages 18-35 showed that … Cannabis use may be associated with suicidality in young adults Read More » The post Cannabis use may be…

via Cannabis use may be associated with suicidality in young adults — Family First NZ

So mental health system is working well — Kiwiblog

The Herald reports: An Invercargill father called mental health services 40 times in the weeks before his son killed his stepson.Today, Joseph Kevin Boyle was found not guilty by reason of insanity of the murder of his stepbrother, 19-year-old James Clark, at a High Court hearing in Invercargill. …In October 2019, Boyle’s father contacted his…

via So mental health system is working well — Kiwiblog

Parker to Mental Health Foundation: You’re Not Telling the Truth — The BFD

Owning their mistakes seems to be one of the most difficult things for this current government, and none more so than in mental health. Newshub reported on the government yet again trying to shift and deflect. A senior Government minister has accused a top mental health advocate of not telling the truth about the state…

via Parker to Mental Health Foundation: You’re Not Telling the Truth — The BFD

More of Jacinda’s ‘Kindness’ as Mental Health Stats Worsen — The BFD

Jacinda Ardern has made much of “kindness” in her approach to politics. Sadly, like almost everything else she touches, it is more of a slogan than anything else. It isn’t a surprise then that the nation’s mental health statistics have actually worsened under this government’s policies, rather than improved as they promised. Ignominiously, it has…

via More of Jacinda’s ‘Kindness’ as Mental Health Stats Worsen — The BFD

Man accused of hiding evidence when woman died at Christchurch party after taking MDMA — Family First NZ

TVNZ One News 16 November 2020Family First Comment: Another sad example of why pill testing is flawed. Pill testing does not – and cannot – guarantee that the drug being taken will not cause any physical or mental harm or death to the individual consumer. It also cannot account for the individual’s physiological response to each…

via Man accused of hiding evidence when woman died at Christchurch party after taking MDMA — Family First NZ

Kate Hawkesby: ‘We should be eternally grateful.’ — Family First NZ

NewsTalk ZB 2 November 2020Family First Comment: Once again, Kate completely nails it…“I found the pro-campaign heavily one sided. It was bolstered by the Drug Foundation and Helen Clark… all of whom put out endless amounts of information, or should I say misinformation – from it being about medicinal, to it coming out of the hands…

via Kate Hawkesby: ‘We should be eternally grateful.’ — Family First NZ

Mike’s Minute: We made the right call on cannabis — Family First NZ

NewsTalk ZB 2 November 2020Family First Comment: Well said, Mike….“The Drug Foundation, an apolitical organisation, should be ashamed of itself, and it’s just as well the Chief Executive has quit because he was the chief instigator. Helen Clark should have known better. And as for her polls which told a completely different story to the real…

via Mike’s Minute: We made the right call on cannabis — Family First NZ

Māori Council calls for police to address discrimination in cannabis arrests — Family First NZ

Radio NZ News 2 November 2020Family First Comment: Good call.Also focusing on why Maori disproportionately use drugs would also be a good call.Prevention and education matters. The New Zealand Māori Council has called on the police to use their powers of discretion to stop sending Māori to prison for low-level drug offences now the cannabis referendum…

via Māori Council calls for police to address discrimination in cannabis arrests — Family First NZ

“No evidence’ supporting rumour suicide rates have increased under lockdown — Your NZ

A press release from the Mental Health Foundation: There Is No Evidence New Zealand’s Suicide Rates Have Increased Over Lockdown The Mental Health Foundation is deeply disappointed to see a rumour circulating that there has been a dramatic increase in suicides in New Zealand over the lockdown period. “There is absolutely no truth to this […]

via “No evidence’ supporting rumour suicide rates have increased under lockdown — Your NZ

Crime down through lockdown, mental health, self harm, domestic harm at ‘usual levels’ — Your NZ

In a media conference today Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said that through the Level 4 lockdown has been a decrease in crime involving assaults, road policing and theft, From RNZ: ‘We need to continue to stick to the rules’ – Police Commissioner Police Commissioner Andrew Coster says police have dealt with 4452 breaches since the […]

via Crime down through lockdown, mental health, self harm, domestic harm at ‘usual levels’ — Your NZ

Kate Hawkesby: Legislation will never stop a black market — Family First NZ

 

NewsTalk ZB 28 February 2020Family First Comment: Exactly. ‘Legalisation’ increases the demand and use, while ‘regulation’ simply empowers the black market because drug users don’t do ‘regulation’! Never have. Never will. The very week the government looks to legislate on vaping, guess what happens? To serve as a reminder I guess that you can do whatever…

via Kate Hawkesby: Legislation will never stop a black market — Family First NZ

Mixing weed, alcohol and driving: The ‘unanswered question’ in the cannabis referendum — Family First NZ

 

NewsHub 22 February 2020Family First Comment: This is a situation where one plus one actually equals a lot more than two. People don’t realise that the combination of alcohol and cannabis… acts as a multiplier. Combining even a small amount of alcohol with drugs is going to potentially mean that you are really, really impaired and…

via Mixing weed, alcohol and driving: The ‘unanswered question’ in the cannabis referendum — Family First NZ

Youth Marijuana Prevention – Future Self – Health — Family First NZ

 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is working to educate Michigan teens about the harmful effects and consequences of drug use. It is our hope that Michigan teens and parents understand the dangers associated with substance abuse and the problems that may occur as a result

via Youth Marijuana Prevention – Future Self – Health — Family First NZ

OSU study: Smoking by students up where marijuana is legal, but binge drinking down — Family First NZ

 

Seattle PI 13 January 2020Family First Comment: The OSU study, published in the journal Addiction, found that occasional lighting up and more frequent cannabis use has increased most where it can be done legally. Overall use is up, but up 18% more in “legal” states, with an equal jump among those who use cannabis frequently. Marijuana use among…

via OSU study: Smoking by students up where marijuana is legal, but binge drinking down — Family First NZ

Beware the influence of vested interests’ input into the cannabis debate — Family First NZ

 

Stuff co.nz 9 January 2020Family First Comment: Superb article warning of financial conflicts of interest by those arguing for legalisation of cannabis…“In the ongoing public discussion of New Zealand’s decision on cannabis it is valuable to hear all perspectives, but when these reflect only major corporate vested interests it would be reasonable to expect an indication…

via Beware the influence of vested interests’ input into the cannabis debate — Family First NZ

New Data Show “Gender-Affirming” Surgery Doesn’t Really Improve Mental Health. — Family First NZ

 

Public Discourse 13 November 2019 Data from a new study show that the beneficial effect of surgery for transgender people is so small that a clinic may have to perform as many as 49 gender-affirming surgeries before they could expect to prevent one additional person from seeking subsequent mental health treatment. Yet that’s not what…

via New Data Show “Gender-Affirming” Surgery Doesn’t Really Improve Mental Health. — Family First NZ

Cannabis use increases risk of psychotic cases — Family First NZ

 

The Australian 7 October 2019Family First Comment: The evidence is building, yet even Australian politicians want to put their head in the sand…The review of medical literature also examined Australian research, which concluded that regular cannabis users doubled their risk of experiencing psychotic symptoms — including schizophrenia — and were at an increased risk of screening…

via Cannabis use increases risk of psychotic cases — Family First NZ

Work fears if cannabis legal — Family First NZ

 

Two thirds of construction industry members worried about the effects of cannabis law reformStuff co.nz 11 August 2019Family First Comment: “As soon as you use the word ‘legal’ the perception is that it’s OK to do it.”Anyone knows that – except the Government and the Druggie Foundation. Construction industry figures say recruitment of the already under-resourced…

via Work fears if cannabis legal — Family First NZ

Marijuana legalization: The unintended consequences of more potent pot — Family First NZ

 

CBS News 10 August 2019Family First Comment: “… a new nationwide study shows a 27% increase in children and teenagers getting emergency treatment for marijuana toxicity. Seventy percent of the cases occurred in states with legalized marijuana.”www.VoteNO.nz The legalization of recreational marijuana in almost a dozen states shows how America’s attitude toward the drug may be changing. But the drug…

via Marijuana legalization: The unintended consequences of more potent pot — Family First NZ

As a NZ health professional who has participated in late term abortions I urge you to vote NO — Family First NZ

 

Voice For Life 8 August 2019 Dear New Zealand MP’s, As a health professional who has previously participated in late term abortions I urge you to vote NO to decriminalising abortion. Already in the last 10 years approximately 800 late term abortions have been performed on the grounds of “danger to mental health”. These perceived…

via As a NZ health professional who has participated in late term abortions I urge you to vote NO — Family First NZ

Otago University Researchers Reveal the Bleeding Obvious! — WOBH | Media

 

Researchers at Otago University have made the following startling discovery…Trans women AKA Fake women AKA Men have a “physiological advantage over real women.” The rules which allow trans women to compete in elite women’s sporting divisions need to change because trans women have a physiological advantage, University of Otago researchers say. An externally peer reviewed…

via Otago University Researchers Reveal the Bleeding Obvious! — WOBH | Media

New Data By Koch-Funded Researchers Claiming Legalization Discourages Teen Use Is Deeply Flawed — Family First NZ

 

Smart Approaches to Marijuana SAM 8 July 2019Family First Comment: “If you truly think that the legalization, commercialization, and normalization of marijuana has led to less young people using it, I have a bridge to sell you.”– Kevin Sabet, SAM Today, a study published in JAMA Pediatrics purports to show the legalization of marijuana leads to…

via New Data By Koch-Funded Researchers Claiming Legalization Discourages Teen Use Is Deeply Flawed — Family First NZ

Study claims legalising cannabis doesn’t make teens want to smoke it (Altho that’s not what the study says!) — Family First NZ

 

Legalising cannabis doesn’t make teens want to smoke it – studyNewsHub 9 July 2019Family First Comment: “It simply confirms that New Zealand would do well to wait and watch. At the end of the day, it’s a society-wide policy that will affect all age groups.” New research finding legalising cannabis doesn’t result in more teens taking…

via Study claims legalising cannabis doesn’t make teens want to smoke it (Altho that’s not what the study says!) — Family First NZ

Oranga Tamariki a scapegoat for serious societal problems – our problems — Your NZ

As a number of people have said, Oranga Tamariki is damned if they do take babies from mothers, but they are also damned if babies are left in the care of at risk families and are seriously harmed or killed. It may be found that Oranga Tamariki can improve procedures around the ‘uplifting’ of babies […]

via Oranga Tamariki a scapegoat for serious societal problems – our problems — Your NZ