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EXCLUSIVE: Dave Macpherson – Coroner’s report into death of Nicky Stevens released

By   /  December 7, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

Coroner Wallace Bain has formally found that our son and brother Nicky Stevens’ death was as a result of suicide.

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GUEST BLOG: Hadley Grace Robinson-Lewis – Social determinants of health.

By   /  December 2, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

I believe it’s highly unethical for an individual’s future prospects and education level to be dictated by the amount of money their parents earn, or the level of emotional and holistic support a child receives from their parents.

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Dave Macpherson: The Fox is in the chicken run again!

By   /  November 29, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

GOVT APPOINTS DHB & MoH GROUP TO ADVISE WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE MENTAL HEALTH INQUIRY RECOMMENDATIONS….

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Dave Macpherson: Government’s Mental Health Inquiry report (over)due

By   /  November 26, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

With the Government’s delayed Mental Health Inquiry due to report back in the next few days, it’s worth reminding ourselves about the background and issues that forced this move onto the political agenda.

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Hadley Grace Robinson-Lewis Mental Health Vlog

By   /  September 4, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  3 Comments

Most individuals who have a mental illness have experienced trauma throughout childhood or adolescence leaving the individual hypervigilant.

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Hadley Grace Robinson-Lewis – Māori inequities in New-Zealand and the westernised health setting

By   /  July 2, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Health professionals have a high level power over vulnerable people and therefore they are deemed responsible for equity in health outcomes, for those that are marginalised in today’s westernised society. People that are marginalised often face unfair cultural stigmatisation and racism. It is crucial that we treat Māori people with kindness, empathy and respect.

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Dave Macpherson: What is it about mental illness that causes the ‘authorities’ to be missing in action?

By   /  June 5, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Missing persons cases cause flurries of action and public conjecture from time to time; searches quite rightly swing into action the moment police and neighbours hear of missing children, or a senior that has disappeared from the local old folks home. But when the missing person is known to be mentally unwell, the concern is muted, and often the action is delayed and ineffective.

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Dave Macpherson – Massive growth in mental health ‘crisis contacts’ – likely to be nationwide

By   /  April 13, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

The official response to this foreseeable crisis has been pathetic – a combination of denial and claims that the problems were under control. While former Minister Jonathan ‘Dr Death’ Coleman has now scarpered from Parliament (good riddance), the new Labour Minister of Health David Clark clearly has a hell of a lot of work yet to do to convince us that the mental health crisis is being properly dealt with.

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GUEST VLOG: Hadley Grace Robinson-Lewis – How to become a Registered Nurse

By   /  March 14, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on GUEST VLOG: Hadley Grace Robinson-Lewis – How to become a Registered Nurse

I’m highly passionate about advocating for the mentally ill. My passion for assisting the underprivileged and those experiencing hardships in relation to mental illness has led me to charity work.

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Dave Macpherson – At Last – we hear from Mental Health Commissioner on Suicides….

By   /  March 5, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Not to be put off by the years-long public debate about this country leading youth suicide statistics from the wrong end, Commissioner Kevin Allan has bravely gone where no-one employed by the previous Government had hitherto dared to tread – he has actually (wait for it…) recommended a 10% reduction in suicides target! That’s correct – not zero, not halving it, not even the mild 20% reduction that the current Health Minister suggested while in opposition – but a nice, fat, round 10%.

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GUEST BLOG: Hadley Grace Robinson-Lewis – Mental Health Vlog

By   /  February 26, 2018  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

I studied at the Auckland University of Technology where I completed a Bachelor of Health Science in Nursing. I’m Passionate about, Neurology, Psychiatry, Medicine, societal issues and Maori Health.

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David Macpherson – Who Speaks for the Families and Whanau?

By   /  February 19, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

It’s coming up to three years since my son Nicky was a suicide victim while in the (compulsory) ‘care’ of the Waikato DHB, and I frequently reflect on the lack of voice families and whanau of mental health patients and suicide victims have.

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MENTAL HEALTH INQUIRY ANNOUNCED – WILL IT DELIVER? – David Macpherson

By   /  January 24, 2018  /  Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

One of the most telling sections in the terms of reference is the recognition that underlying causes of poor mental health and suicide, such as poverty, poor housing, unemployment and discrimination will be considered as part of the Inquiry’s work – without that, such a review could easily descend into a debate between mental health professionals over issues like best levels of medication, or how many mental health beds there should be in hospitals, rather than looking at the factors that cause mental unwellness.

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Dave Macpherson: What’s the Red/Black/Green Government up to on mental health?

By   /  December 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

If the Minister is ever to break out of the ‘Yes Minister’ straightjacket in mental health, he must turn to the community, to service users and to coalface mental health workers for his advice (and by that we don’t mean a raft of self-interested psychiatrists currently employed by DHBs around the country).

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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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