Looking after our mental health

16 October 2017

Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week and a good opportunity to share some of our research on mental health and general wellbeing with others in the social sector. Here’s some of what we shared.

Late last year we evaluated the Prime Minister's Youth Mental Health Project. We looked at what the evidence says about improving youth mental health, what’s worked and what else could be done. You can read the summary here

The evaluation also shows that the mental health needs of some youth are less well-served than others. This includes LGBT youth, youth with disabilities and young people who have experienced major life traumas. Youth living in Christchurch also report higher risk factors than those living in other parts of the country. You can learn more here

Our annual Families and Whānau Status Reports explore how families contribute to the wellbeing of individuals and how they help to support our health and wellbeing. There are over 1.1 million families in New Zealand, so this is a big deal. Check out how they fit into the mental health picture here

We’ve also taken a specific look at how Mäori wellbeing is measured. This work is part of a larger story, one that highlights how the Government’s current response to measuring whānau and Māori outcomes has been underpinned by historical changes, demographic shifts and policy changes about measures in Māori development. You can read more about the framework here.

If you’re looking for more research about mental health, wellbeing and related issues, check out The Hub, which contains over 6,200 pieces of New Zealand government social science research. 

We also took to Twitter to share photos of the things that give Superu staff a sense of wellbeing, with great photos of nature, families and relaxing holidays. You can check them out on our Twitter page

Last update: 16 Oct 2017