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Written by Karey Meisner

Hi Everyone. I have been asked questions such as 'Where have you been?' and 'Are you still counselling?'. The answer is these questions is 'I've been busy counselling'. Having increased my time at the University of Canterbury, I'm now stretching myself a bit more (and hence the limited news items). It's been another good year supporting clients, students, supervisees and doing training workshops both in private practice and at UC. I'm looking forward to a bit of a rest but then I'm back for more! Hope you all have a relaxing holiday period...

Written by Karey Meisner

Hi Everyone

I just wanted to show my appreciation for this year...and it's been a full one! I'm thankful for the opportunity to work with the team at Petersgate, not just this year but the previous 13 years as well. Sad to say goodbye mid-year but also the right step for me. It's been great on the other hand to have the opportunity to commence working with the team at the university health centre, so dedicated to the students as they navigate through their tertiary experience. It has also been really great to share a room with others in private practice (Emma, David, Robyn & Tracey) and doing education work (thanks to MHERC, NZAC, Pathways, & PhysioNZ) during the year. Wishing everyone a great holiday period and see you in 2018!   

Written by Karey Meisner

Recently, the NZ Coroner released the suicide rates for the year and it isn’t easy reading. The rate of suicide among men – particularly Canterbury men − is at the highest level ever [1]. Why is that men make this choice? From my experience, many men need to be seen by others to have the ability to self-manage which includes being mentally strong enough to endure any hardships that arise in day-to-day living. In other words, if ‘something’s not quite right’, many men don’t like to be viewed by others as ‘less than’ a complete. And telling others there is ‘something not quite right’, paradoxically, becomes the proof of being just that. Sadly, it is this, I beleive, that leads many men to not say anything and, instead, suicide. It’s simply too hard to admit – even to a partner or a GP – of one’s perceived failure as a man.

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Written by Karey Meisner

A lot of New Zealander's are starting to understand the mental health system - despite its committed work force - is not doing well at meeting the needs of the population. The traditional population based funding model (3% of the popultation need clinical intervention at any one time) is not suited for the increasingly complex and fast paced world that individuals need to navigate to survive, get comfortable, and then eventually thrive in. If you want to see whether political parties agree with this position of a 'struggling' mental health system, then have a look at the website It Matters.

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Written by Karey Meisner

Is it possible to positively market mental health services? Professor Ekant Veer, the award winning educator from the Univeristy of Canterbury believes so. Come and see Ekant speak about this topic by registering here.

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Written by Karey Meisner

The Coroner's Office of New Zealand has just released the suicide statistics for the year 2015-16. The news is not good; the suicide rate - particularly for young men - remains high. In Canterbury, the number of men who commited suicide (78) in the past year was the highest in the country and the highest the region has ever seen. In his report...

Read more: Suicide: Yes, Lets Talk about It

Written by Karey Meisner

Amy Morgan and Anthony Jorm's research at Melbourne University is focused on developing the community's capacity to use self-help stategies to address mental health concerns. They have reviewed all the self-help strategies related to the early signs of depressions and have found...

Read more: Self-Help Strategies for Depression