The mental health crisis: why we need a mindful revolution

New Zealand has a mental health crisis and a Government Inquiry seeks answers. It’s not more prozac, writes a doctor drawing on her own experience of post-natal depression. It’s finding ways to connect — like mindfulness.

Brigid O'Brien
May 31, 2018 · 5 min read
We need to tackle the root cause of the mental health crisis: loss of connection with what matters. Mindfulness, as a powerful vehicle for connection, is part of the solution.

We need to tackle the root cause of the mental health crisis: loss of connection with what matters. Mindfulness, as a powerful vehicle for connection, is part of the solution, yet it is not being harnessed by our mental health system. I call on the Panel and Government to recognise our mental health crisis as a crisis of connection and make mindfulness a central strategy for mental wellbeing.

Our Government is pioneering wellbeing initiatives like the 2019 Wellbeing Budget. To be a real world-leader it needs to spearhead a fresh approach to mental wellbeing and champion ‘connection through mindfulness’ with:

1. In the first 1000 days of life and beyond: evidence-informed antenatal and postnatal programmes to support nurturing mindful parenting

2. In all schools: evidence-based mindfulness programmes in mainstream and alternative education

3. In healthcare (community and hospitals): evidence-based mindfulness-based interventions offered to health professionals and everyone presenting with mental distress/addiction.

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