Review: Today Chris Reed reports in the NZ Herald on progress by the government inquiry into mental health and addiction. The inquiry has received about 5,200 submissions and the panel members have met with more than 200 organisations, community groups, and individuals.
With regards to calls for a holistic approach, Inquiry Chair Ron Paterson said: “[There’s a] very, very strong message that we should be focusing on wellbeing and we should be focusing on what we do to support wellbeing in the community and that includes eating well, physical health, spiritual health, connection with your family.”
In regards to the complaints heard nationwide of over-medication, he said: “You can’t medicate grief and loneliness and people need much more holistic care.”
With respect to a shift towards prevention, he said: “A lot of people are talking about the need [to give] kids the tools they need to cope with life’s crises. So many children and young people are presenting with anxiety. People are trying to think how we can give them the tools they need in schools.”
Feature photo: Darkest times of pain, grief, rage spill out.