The Mental Health Aid Courses Essay

1103 Words Oct 26th, 2015 5 Pages
From attending meetings and the mental health aid courses I was able to identify theories that focus towards improving services for minority, as well as theory to support claims towards why minority communities such as the Maori and Polynesian community do not seek medical advice, or advice at all when It comes to issues such as mental health. Mental illness is a significant issue in modern day New Zealand for the Pasifika and Maori communities. Both communities are common statistics for many mental illnesses. The most significant implication that comes from mental illness is suicide. According to Oakley Browne (2006), pacific island people aged 16 to 24 are the most at risk ethnic group. This statement can be based on statistics given by the Ministry of Health in 2006, where they suggest that “pacific peoples commit suicide at a rate of 8.3 per 100,000 Pacific peoples, compared with 14 per 100,000 for New Zealand overall” (Ministry of Health 2006c, as cited in Ministry of Health Pacific Health and Disability Action Plan Review, 2008, p 24). In understanding the causes of suicide, gaining a clearer understanding towards counteracting cultural traits becomes necessary for the embitterment of future generations.

From advice given to me by my work-supervisor I was not able to disclose copies of notes from community and council meetings to use in my appendices, because they were for my supervisors’ personal use as I was only given these opportunities to represent her when she…

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