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Shining a light on the shocking state of NZ’s acute mental health units

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Wednesday 16 June 2021

A series published by news and current affairs website Newsroom highlights the findings of a major research project led by Director of the Suicide and Mental Health Research Group Dr Gabrielle Jenkin into the architectural design and social environment of New Zealand’s acute mental health facilities.

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War trauma a shared experience

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Wednesday 21 April 2021

Many New Zealand families have stories of relatives who returned from war changed, struggling with mental illness because of their service.

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Greenspace therapeutic for refugees

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Wednesday 14 April 2021

From sweeping beaches to a neighbourhood park, therapeutic landscapes are beneficial for former refugees’ health and wellbeing, a University of Otago study has found.

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Silver linings in lockdown

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Wednesday 7 April 2021

Two thirds of New Zealanders believed there were ‘silver linings’ to the country’s Alert Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown imposed in March last year, a University of Otago survey has found.

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Top of cliff approach to suicide prevention

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Wednesday 10 March 2021

By looking at suicide prevention from a different perspective, University of Otago researchers hope to improve identification and support for people in suicidal crisis.

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