'Every business should be doing this' – Mental illness first aid course trialled NZ workplaces

A first aid course of a very different kind is aiming to put mental health first responders in every New Zealand workplace.

The course is designed to give people the tools to help colleagues struggling with mental illness, and above all, to spot the signs of it.

Considering more people die every year from suicide than car crashes in New Zealand, it’s an initiative that both trainer and trainee say is overdue.

"I guarantee that most people would walk past someone that had a mental illness, I've avoided it for a long time," course trainee Bruce Gray said.

"It's never been something I've been involved with, but this has kind of opened my eyes a little bit."

The Ministry of Health and Red Cross are also running full day workshops to help boost mental health education and suicide prevention.

Meaning more people who can spot the signs of those struggling are out there.

Need to talk? 1737 – Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor
Lifeline – 0800 543 354
Youthline - 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email talk@youthline.co.nz
Samaritans – 0800 726 666
Healthline – 0800 611 116
Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 or free text 4202 or www.depression.org.nz
The Lowdown: A website to help young New Zealanders recognise and understand depression or anxiety. www.thelowdown.co.nz or free text 5626
SPARX.org.nz – Online e-therapy tool provided by the University of Auckland that helps young people learn skills to deal with feeling down, depressed or stressed
OUTLine NZ – 0800 688 5463 for support related to sexual orientation or gender identity
 

A new first aid course is aiming to put mental health responders in every New Zealand workplace. Source: 1 NEWS



'We're not getting a lot of clarity' - Ruakaka locals still in the dark over burst Marsden Point jet fuel pipeline

A month after a burst jet fuel pipeline caused chaos for Auckland International Airport, residents of Ruakaka are none the wiser as to the cause of the disastrous event.

The Northland Regionall Council still hasn't spoken to the owner of the land where the Marsden Point pipe ruptured, leaving locals with more questions than answers.

Speculation has led to finger pointing, with local contractors now being accused of causing the mess having to plead their innocence.

"We're not getting a lot of clarity about the process from here on in," Bob Hislop told 1NEWS.

"I've made it clear we've had nothing to do with the event as such, and we've done no excavation there."

But while liability may seem hard to pinpoint, legal action seems inevitable, with Auckland University law professor Bill Hodge saying that those responsible must be found.

"Who is liable? Well first of all we need to know who the defendants are," he told 1NEWS.

"And the first possible defendant is the operator of that digging machine, that seems to be the person who is right on the spot doing something stupid."

The refinery themselves could sue, for both physical damage and loss of income for the incident.

However, until a culprit is pinpointed, residents could be left scratching their heads for a little while longer.

There is a lack of facts for locals evacuated after the Marsden Point jet fuel pipeline bust, on when they can return. Source: 1 NEWS


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People today walked, biked and ran to meet in the middle of a new 12 km trail that will link Christchurch city with the sea. Source: 1 NEWS