This is the tenth Annual Report of the Office of the Director of Mental Health.
The main purpose of the report is to present information and statistics that serve as barometers of quality for our mental health services. Active monitoring of services is vital to ensuring New Zealanders are receiving quality mental health care.
This year’s report includes a focus on child and youth mental health. Although children and youth rarely receive mental health care under the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992, cross sector initiatives that pursue positive outcomes for children, young people and their families provide important context to the Office of the Director of Mental Health’s work.
This report is divided into three main sections.
- Context – provides an overview of the legislative and service delivery contexts in which the Office operates.
- Activities for 2014 – describes the work carried out by the Office in 2014.
- Ensuring service quality – provides statistical information, which covers the use of compulsory mental health assessment and treatment, family/whānau consultation, seclusion, electroconvulsive therapy, reportable deaths, suicide and opioid substitution treatment during 2014.