Home' North Harbour News : October 5th 2012 Contents www.northharbournews.co.nz
NORTH HARBOUR NEWS, OCTOBER 5, 2012
AUT North Shore Campus News
Globally, depression affects around
350 million people.With World Health
Organisation estimates of depression
being the second highest cause of ill
health and premature death globally
by 2020 -- are we facing a depression
At AUT, new research is exploring
the experiences of people diagnosed
with depression. The research aims to
develop a deeper understanding of the
experience of treatment and recovery
for people who have had depression
in New Zealand.
Psychology honours student Barbara
Pike is investigating the experiences
of short-term mental health service-
users in particular. Little research
has been conducted into this group
and yet they represent the majority of
overall mental health figures, says Pike.
"In New Zealand, one in eight
will meet the criteria for a Major
Depressive Episode in their lifetime.
Rates are rising and the age of onset
is becoming lower, so it's becoming
increasingly important to review how
we diagnose and treat depression."
Preliminary findings show that, with
good treatment, people develop insight
and understanding into their experience
of depression; where it comes from
and what they can do about it.
"The Mental Health Commission
emphasises that recovery is a journey
to living well, with or without the
ongoing effects of mental illness. This
idea is supported by the research,
where people talk about recovery as
feeling better, but also being able to
recognise the signs of an oncoming low
mood and make changes.
"Sometimes, people need to make
major life changes in their journey
to recovery, such as quitting a job,
ending a relationship or both. Their
new self-understanding allows them
to know what to do to maintain their
"Other research also shows that
better outcomes are achieved with
more psycho-social interventions;
where treatment takes into account
the individual's work roles and social
Pike, who has also experienced
depression, hopes her research will
contribute to a better understanding
about what aspects within and outside
of treatment are helpful for recovery.
"I experienced severe depression
throughout my early 20s, for which I
accessed treatment in New Zealand
and overseas. I would now classify
myself as fully recovered. It was an
incredibly difficult experience, but one
I would not change because of the
many positive things it has brought into
On 10 October (3.30pm)
AUT host a special World Mental
Health Day event. RSVP essential,
Not a week seems to go by without one
awareness campaign or another highlighting a
specific cause; often health related. October
is no exception. This month alone health
professionals and consumers will recognise
breast cancer, brain injury, blindness and
mental health amongst other things. For me,
the latter has great significance. On October
10th we celebrate World Mental Health
Day. This year, in particular, is special as I
was President of the World Federation for
Mental Health when that organisation first
established the Day 20 years ago in 1992.
World Mental Health Day was adopted
internationally as a means of promoting
mental health. The immediate goal was to
draw attention to mental health as a cause
common to all people across national,
cultural, political and socioeconomic
boundaries. Longer term, the goal was
to establish parity for mental health with
physical health in national health priorities
This year the focus of World Mental Health
Day is depression. In New Zealand one in
six will experience serious depression, with
one in seven young people experiencing
depression before age 24. The World Health
Organisation estimate depression will be
the second highest cause of ill health and
premature death globally by 2020.
In recent years the global economic
downturn has resulted in increased
unemployment, increased debts and
increased insecurity resulting also in an
increasing incidence of depression among the
populations of many developed countries.
For middle -
education on mental
health is often
inadequate due to
This time last year,
the New Zealand
was reinforced by an increase of over 12% in
people accessing specialist mental health and
addiction services. Funding was focused on
increasing access to primary mental health
services for people with mild-moderate
needs, providing extended GP consultations,
more clinical assessments, therapy and other
To date, New Zealand has achieved
innovative work in the area of depression,
particularly breaking down stigma and
more latterly providing a wider range of
interventions in primary care settings. As we
celebrate World Mental Health Day on 10th
October, I am fortunate to be joined by a
number of key players who have contributed
to these advances including Sir John Kirwan,
Dr John Crawshaw, Director of Mental Health
from the Ministry of Health, and Helen Wood,
General Manager of Mental Health Services
across Waitemata & Auckland District
Health Boards. This year we pay attention to
depression being a treatable illness. Ultimately
a journey to wellness is achievable.
sunscreen • cedar • rollers • holland • verticals • venetians
JUST FACTORY DIRECT PRICES
PHONE: 443 0873 | 274 1930 | 837 5656 | 537 3748 | 379 7332
GET ONE FREE!
ALL YOU CAN EAT*
$20 EACH WHEN YOU
BOOK IN ADVANCE**
Every Tuesday &
2/154 Harbour Village Drive
Gulf Harbour Village
09 424 6250
*Dine in only. Chef's selection.
No BYO. No takeaways or doggy bags.
**Subject to availability.
No other discounts apply.
$25 each if you just turn up.
Christmas in the Park soon
Xmas line-up: From left: Michael
Murphy, Annette Chillingworth, Jae'O,
Jackie Clarke, Cassandra McCowan
and David Penny -- all primed up for
Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park.
Unbelievable but true -- Christ-
mas is just around the corner.
And that means it's nearly time
to get the family to the Auckland
Domain for the biggest Yuletide
entertainment extravaganza of
The free annual Coca-Cola
Christmas in the Park is being
held on December 8 and organ-
isers are promising a spectacular
night out for everyone.
Multi-talented singer and TV
celebrity Jackie Clarke is a reg-
ular at the show and joins an
impressive line-up of stars includ-
ing past NZ Idol winner Michael
Murphy, R'n'B and pop artist
Jae'O, and model, actress musi-
cian and dancer Cassandra
Coca-Cola Christmas in the
Park is part of a wonderful ritual
of building up to this time of the
year. It's a great opportunity for
all people to enjoy a free stadium-
type event that not everyone
might otherwise be able to afford,''
Ms Clarke says.
Suburban Newspapers, pub-
lisher of the North Harbour News
is the major print media sponsor.
It's a great fit for us,'' general
manager David Penny says.
Coca-Cola Christmas in the
Park always pulls a massive
crowd and those people are the
same ones who turn to us to keep
them connected online and in
print every day of the year.''
Coca-Cola marketing services
manager Annette Chillingworth
agrees. Coca-Cola is delighted to
be putting this event on and this
will be the 19th time we've given
this wonderful gift to the people of
New Zealand,'' she says.
It's certainly been a personal
highlight of my career.''
The event is a showcase for the
country's best emerging and
established talent and this year's
version will feature more than 300
performers. Proceeds will go to
Surf Lifesaving New Zealand
Youth keep family histories alive
Congratulations to those younger
readers who entered our
People aged 16 and under were
invited to submit short essays
about relatives who fought at the
Battle of Passchendaele during
World War I.
The contest was organised by
the Passchendaele Society in con-
junction with Suburban Newspa-
pers, publisher of the North Har-
It is designed to lift awareness
of one of World War I's bloodiest
Society president Iain Macken-
zie says each entry showed a
meaningful understanding of the
battle and its impact on New
Zealand in particular.
He says the winners Ruben
Ross, Alice Foulds, Jessica Malloy,
Joseph Malloy, Sam Malloy and
Passchendaele Akeroa Hurricane
Bristow will be invited to partici-
pate in a 95th commemoration
ceremony being held at the World
War I Hall of Remembrance in the
Auckland War Memorial Museum
from 11am until noon on October
12.Suburban Newspapers head of
content Matthew Gray says all
entrants deserve high praise for
their efforts, and keeping a con-
nection with the past.
It's great to see them keeping
that family history alive,'' he says.
All entries can be read online at
Links Archive September 28th 2012 October 12th 2012 Navigation Previous Page Next Page