mental health

A boost to mental health services in Queenstown is yet to be implemented, six months after being announced by the health board. Back in November, questions from DHB was in the process of recruiting an on-call after-hours officer to be...
More than 100 Queenstowners will come together this weekend to show their support for those struggling with mental health. The Lake Hayes Pavilion will be lit up with more than 400 candles for the 'Darkness Into Light' walk on Saturday. Organised...
Queenstowners will walk from darkness to daylight as part of a global fight against suicide and self-harm. The 'Darkness Into Light' event, organised by locals Anne Marie Campbell and Daniel Sweeney, will be held on May 11. Walkers will start off...

After-hours fix

Health chiefs will boost staff and increase mental health provision following an independent investigation into the unlawful detainment of a Queenstown man by police. Last October, the man was detained by police for seven hours following a suicide attempt, while...
An independent investigation has found police acted unlawfully by detaining a Queenstown man for a mental health assessment, but says their actions were "reasonable in the circumstances". The report, released today by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA), also highlights...
A Queenstown couple's planning to open a mental health centre to meet a gap they say the health board's not addressing. Osteopath Michelle Moynes and her partner, Dion Freeman, are in the process of starting a charitable trust to run...

Police face second complaint

A Queenstowner who attempted suicide last Thursday night claims local police treated him like a criminal. The 32-year-old, whom Mountain Scene's agreed not to name, says after the attempt he called a Lifeline counsellor, who then got the police to...

Deep, dark dad tales

Comic Rhian Wood-Hill’s upcoming Queenstown gig ‘How I Met My Father’ is pretty self-explanatory. The 26-year-old Kiwi met his biological dad, an ex-Mongrel Mob Samoan, when he was 21. It was an accidental meeting that made him ponder his identity. His youth...
How much should we talk or write about suicide, asks Paul Taylor. Last week, Wakatipu High School warned parents about TV show 13 Reasons Why, which some claim glamorises teen suicide. It has a three-minute suicide scene and as such an RP18...
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