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Dave Macpherson – Cops the de facto mental health crisis go-to agency

By   /  November 6, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

A young Greymouth man attempted suicide while in the midst of a possible cannabis-induced psychotic episode; but rather than a mental health crisis team arriving, Caleb – fighting for his life at that point – is attended by Police, who help resuscitate him and then find two cannabis plants in his back yard.

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David Macpherson: New Government needs new action on Mental Health & Suicide

By   /  October 24, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Still feeling a warm glow of satisfaction over Labour Weekend following the ousting of former Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, whose inaction on mental health and suicide was legendary, I was brought down to earth sharply by a story published on Labour Day about Jonny – a young male Christchurch suicide victim.

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Dave Macpherson: Strong bullying/suicide links?

By   /  October 4, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Two current Radio NZ stories in quick succession have shown the strong link between some suicides and bullying. In one, an MSD investigator wrongly told a beneficiary she had been overpaid $22,000 and that she would be prosecuted to recover the money – less than a day later she was a suicide victim, yet the MSD shortly afterwards told the victim’s mother that the claimed debt was incorrect, and it was eventually waived.

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606 Pairs of Shoes – Dave Macpherson

By   /  September 4, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

Two days after two hikoi of 579 pairs of shoes (each) set off simultaneously from Cape Reinga and Bluff, bound for Parliament’s hallowed steps, the Chief Coroner announced the latest suicide figures for the 2017 financial year: 606.

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Media Statement form Waikato DHB Member: DHB deficit is real – It cannot all be ‘saved away’, Minister Coleman

By   /  September 1, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

A Waikato DHB member has criticised his DHB’s Chair and the Minister of Health for claiming in media interviews that Waikato DHB will be returning a ‘break-even’ budget for the 2017/8 year.

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Public Statement on call by Prof Annette Beautrais for silence on Suicide

By   /  August 30, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

The attitude of Professor Annette Beautrais, of Canterbury University, and a suicide prevention co-ordinator for the South Canterbury DHB, is one of the primary reasons why it has been so hard to change the culture of silence about suicide, where news of it, and issues about it are swept under the carpet.

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David Macpherson – WHAT WOULD A DECENT MENTAL HEALTH POLICY LOOK LIKE?

By   /  July 17, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

Despite strong feedback from the public, political parties are still mostly shying clear from campaigning on mental health and suicide issues in the election campaign.

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Dave Macpherson: Mental Health staffing shortage PLUS culture deficit

By   /  July 4, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

Mental health workforce shortage statistics published this week demonstrate a staffing deficit that will surprise no-one except Health Minister Jonathan Coleman. But what they don’t show is the major culture change needed within that workforce that will also be needed to make a real difference to the effectiveness of this country’s mental health system.

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Director of Mental Health states DHBs have provisions to allow mental health unit patients to smoke – not followed by Waikato DHB

By   /  June 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on Director of Mental Health states DHBs have provisions to allow mental health unit patients to smoke – not followed by Waikato DHB

Dear Waikato DHB Board members – attached is a link to an article published today by Stuff in which the Director of Mental Health at the Ministry of Health, Dr John Crawshaw, made the following points in respect of smoking by inpatients at DHBs’ mental health units:

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Dave Macpherson – Mental Health failures: the Government’s ‘gift’ that just keeps giving

By   /  June 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

I know I’ve said it before, but the issue of our failed mental health system IS very definitely becoming an election issue, despite the best intentions of Health Minister Coleman who, in an attempt to prove he’s pulled his head out of the sand or wherever else it was stuck, has put out more media releases announcing minor dollops of dough to mental health in the last 4 months than I’ve had hot breakfasts.

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Supreme Court gives big tick to dangerous DHB policy

By   /  June 15, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Supreme Court gives big tick to dangerous DHB policy

Supreme Court decision supporting Waitemata DHB ban on smoking areas in ‘secure’ mental health units called “stupid” by father of Waikato DHB patient whose death arose from the policy

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20,000 patients admitted to acute mental health care ‘hospital’ facilities in 3 years

By   /  June 7, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

These answers will not be found by Coleman and a bunch of time-serving, hui-hopping bureaucrats sitting on their chuffs in Wellington. The community must continue to pile pressure on them and their paymasters until the issues start getting seriously addressed.

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Dave Macpherson – Being part of the Health Establishment means never having to say sorry

By   /  May 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

A leading suicide prevention campaigner published a social media post on the weekend asking why the Southern District Health Board had yet to apologise to her family over the poor care for her son, who was a victim of suicide 4 years ago.

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Open Letter to ASH from Dave Macpherson

By   /  May 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

My son Nicky, 21, died as a direct result of being sent off the Waikato Hospital campus, unescorted, while a known suicide risk, to smoke; when there was (and is) a perfectly good safe outside courtyard area that he could have been in.

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Dave Macpherson – 13 Reasons Why NZ needs an independent Mental Health Review

By   /  May 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on Dave Macpherson – 13 Reasons Why NZ needs an independent Mental Health Review

Here are 13 reasons why NZ needs an independent Mental Health Review…

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Dave Macpherson – Suicide Prevention Strategy shown to be a fraud

By   /  May 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

The only problem was, the Government didn’t like even the idea of a target they could actually be held to. Accountability is a concept for others, not them, so they had that removed, and other offending words sanitised, so it read like a pile of “PC waffle”, according to Panel member Mike King, who promptly up and resigned in protest.

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