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What's New

Do you like to keep updated with what is happening in the Mental Health & Addiction sector nationally but get annoyed going from website to website?  Look no further, we have made things easier and collated up to date information from various MH&A websites to keep you informed.

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Adolescents and Depression
SPARX is a self-help internet-based E-therapy programme, developed for young people who may be experiencing mild to moderate depression or anxiety

For those of you who may not be aware, this interactive website named SPARX (ref attached) was launched during April 2014 and has been developed for youth exhibiting symptoms of depression. It has been funded by the MoH, developed by experts in the field from the University of Auckland as is part of the Prime Minister's youth mental health work stream.

Click here for the Sparx Mental Health Release
Click here for Sparx Youth update

Key Messages

Young people
Be the Change. Lead the way. Embrace diversity and difference. Small actions can make big changes in world. Support your mates and their changes. Grow, challenge yourself, try something different. Create a movement of change.

Champion young people, acknowledge what they contribute. Be supportive of young people’s passion and enthusiasm; give them the tools to take action. Be a positive role model for young people. Embrace diversity.  Celebrate young people’s successes. Be part of a movement of change.

Quotes for 'Be the Change':

“Be the change you want to see in the world” - Gandhi 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead


New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan

The New Zealand Suicide Prevention Action Plan 2013–2016 outlines a programme of actions that the Government will implement over the next four years.  It is a cross-government Action Plan bringing together the work of eight agencies.  The Action Plan builds on the previous action plan covering 2008–2012.  Both action plans reflect the goals of the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy 2006–2016.  (Click here to view the Action Plan)

The Action Plan includes actions designed to:

National Dementia Cooperative Update May 2014

National Dementia Cooperative Update March 2014

National Dementia Cooperative Update May 2013

National Dementia Cooperative Update April 2013

National Dementia Cooperative Update March 2013

National Dementia Cooperative Update February 2013

National Dementia Cooperative Update January 2013