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Primary Mental Health

Evaluation of Collaborative Mental Health and Addictions Credentialing Programme for Primary Health Care Nurses
A report prepared for Metro Auckland DHB and PHO Collaborative

Integrative review of older adult loneliness and social isolation in Aotearoa/New Zealand
The objective of this study, published in the Australasian Journal on Ageing, was to conduct an integrative review of empirical studies of loneliness for older people in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Loneliness is a risk factor for older people’s poor physical and cognitive health, serious illness and mortality. A national survey showed loneliness rates vary by gender and ethnicity.

Paternal Depression Symptoms During Pregnancy and After Childbirth Among Participants in the Growing Up in New Zealand Study
Antenatal and postnatal depression are known to be common and associated with poor outcomes for women and their children. There is little evidence on depression symptoms among men during the perinatal period. The objective of this study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, was to identify characteristics associated with depression symptoms among men whose partners were pregnant and subsequently gave birth.

Changes in the age pattern of New Zealand suicide rates
Age patterns of suicide in both Australia and New Zealand have changed dramatically over the last 50 years. Fluctuations have been attributed to a complexity of factors. Changes within society and in availability of health and community services have doubtless affected suicide rates. The aim of this study, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, was to examine changes in male and female suicide rates across the age range in New Zealand, comparing them to some of the changes recorded in Australia.

Preventing suicide in indigenous communities
The purpose of this review, published in Current Opinion in Psychiatry, is to provide an update on recent studies on suicide prevention in indigenous populations with a focus on recently colonised indigenous peoples in Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

Do GPs and psychiatrists recommend alternatives when prescribing anti-depressants?
This study, published in Psychiatry Research, explores whether a partial explanation for high antidepressant prescription rates is the failure of prescribers to recommend alternatives.

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