Tuesday, September 23, 2014
 
Introduction

TAS regional mental health services support the development of regional and individual projects across the Central Region DHBs which may take the form of coordinating or brokering services, developing reviews and reports or the development of programmes and projects according to the need. 

The Central Region Strategic Plan for the Development of Mental Health and Addiction Services describes what services should look like in ten years time through a range of projects either led by DHBs or TAS. Workshops were held with a wide range of clinicians, consumers, NGOs, managers and other key stakeholders to identify how to implement the plan and regional priorities.

 

The implementation plan includes the development of clinical networks and a range of exciting and innovative projects. Our emphasis has moved from planning to implementation and we expect to work more closely with clinicians, managers, consumers, NGOs  providers and others as the projects roll out.


Some Interesting Facts

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines mental health as a ‘state of well-being in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stressors of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her own community’ (WHO 2001).

Te Rau Hinengaro: The New Zealand Mental Health Survey 2006 shows that; mental health disorders are common in NZ with 46.6% of the population predicted to meet criteria for a disorder at sometime in their lives, with 39.5% having already done so.

And almost 21% of the total population over 16 years old can expect to have a diagnosable mental health disorder over a 12 month period

 

Females have higher prevalence of anxiety disorder, major depression and eating disorders than males, whereas males have substantially higher prevalence for substance use disorders than females

 

Pacific people, and to a lesser extent Māori, are less likely than others to make contact for mental health reasons with services. For those with a disorder in the past 12months 25.4% of Pacific people, 32.5% of Maori and 41.1% of others made a mental health visit.

 

The Central Region Strategic Plan for the Development of Mental Health and Addiction Services identified that; the prevalence and the incidence of mental illness and addiction is higher in prisons than in the general population. A person is more likely to have pre-existing mental illness or addiction, and if not to develop one, if in the criminal justice system.


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