The steady stream of mental health-related stories in recent years has become a tsunami. It appears that stress, anxiety, addiction, depression, despair and suicide are affecting ever-increasing numbers of New Zealanders, and our statistics paint a dismal picture compared with most countries whose values and standards of living we like to align ourselves with.
Of huge concern is the fact many people suffering from, or trying to helping those with, mental health issues feel their needs are going unmet.
How did we get here? In "Godzone"? What has wreaked such damage? Is it the legacy of our colonial past?