North Shore Times : January 11th 2011
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Responding to the release of the Ministry of Health’s Suicide Facts for 2008, Suicide Preven- tion Information New Zealand (SPINZ), which is a part of the Mental Health Foundation, is highlighting the services, programmes and resources available to support those at risk of suicide, their families and friends and those working in primary care and mental health services. ‘‘It is good to see the suicide rates for the whole population and, in particular, Maori and young men are trending down,’’ says Merryn Statham, director of SPINZ. ‘‘But of concern, is the increase in rates for young women aged 15-24 years, the highest since 1999 at 11.1 deaths per 100,000 population.’’ Building resilience in young people is essential to nurturing and main- taining their mental health and wellbeing and there is much work being done in this area, includ- ing the work of school counselling services, a Ministry of Education review into school guide- lines, government- funded free counselling services through primary health organisations, help lines such as Life- line and Youthline, whose text support ser- vice is more popular with young people than the phone service, and online and texting support through www.thelow down.co.nz. ‘‘Research tells us, however, that what young people need first and foremost are strong connections to people who care about them at home, in school and in their communities.’’ Strong, supportive fam- ily relationships, especially with their parents or the people closest to them, are very important to young people. For men, the role John Kirwan has played in television commericals, promotional and aware- ness raising work and also his contribution to www.depression.org.nz is widely recognised as having contributed sig- nificantly to the reduction in stigma asso- ciated with mental ill- ness and, along with the work of the Like Minds, Like Mine Programme, has seen men seeking help and treatment earlier than they pre- viously would have done. For Maori, the implementation of Te Whakauruora, a Maori suicide prevention resource, has delivered approaches that, although it’s early days, can make a real differ- ence for Maori communi- ties. The Mental Health Foundation also has a wide range of infor- mation on risk factors and warning signs of suicide, common myths about suicide, under- standing suicide across cultures, how to help someone at risk, what to do in a crisis, and what you can do to look after yourself. ‘‘Although there is no room for complacency, it is heartening to see that tangible work is being done in the area of suicide prevention, but it is an area where we can all have a role to play,’’ Ms Clements says. Bee sting safety tips from St John As people return home from the holidays to unmown lawns and families spend more time outside in their gardens and venturing further into the great outdoors St John has a timely reminder first aid tips for bee stings. ❚ Remove the sting quickly – within seconds if possible. The speed of removal is more import- ant than the method of removal. ❚ Call 111 for an ambulance immediately if the patient is known to have life threatening allergy to bee stings and assist them to take any prescribed medication. ❚ Apply an ice pack to the sting area for 10 to 20 minutes if pain is severe. This may be repeated if pain persists. ❚ Call 111 for an ambulance if the patient shows any of the following: difficulty breathing; or fainting; or red rash all over their body; or swelling of the face or mouth. St John wishes everyone a safe and happy break over the holidays. For more first aid tips and to enrol in a first aid course go to www.stjohn.org.nz. For free health advice from a registered nurse, 24/7 call the Healthline number on 0800 611 116. Plunket poison safety advice Summer is a wonderful time to get involved with young chil- dren outside, and there are lots of new things to learn about and explore together at the beach, in the garden, and in the great outdoors. However, outside environ- ments, just like indoor ones, require some safety precautions to keep young ones safe. ‘‘Little children are very vul- nerable and very dependent on the good care and supervision of responsible and attentive adults,’’ says Sue Campbell, National Child Safety Advisor at Plunket. ‘‘Keep children safe this sum- mer by remembering to keep poisons out of sight, out of reach and out of mouths. If in doubt call the National Poisons Cen- tre,’’ National Poisons Centre director Dr Wayne Temple says. Plunket and the National Poisons Centre both have infor- mation on keeping children safe outside. Some things to keep in mind include: ❚ Some plants are poisonous and soil can also contain poisons. Teach your child never to put anything from the garden in their mouth. ❚ Many garden products and pool chemicals are highly poisonous, including fertilisers and pesticides. They must be kept out of reach in a high lockable cupboard that cannot be reached by climbing. ❚ Keep liquids in their original container. NEVER store poison- ous liquids in soft drink bottles. ❚ Don’t leave sunscreens where children can find them. Always store them out of reach. ❚ First aid for jellyfish stings includes using sea water to wash the area and then soaking the area in warm water to relieve pain. ❚ While insect repellents are invaluable to ward off annoying insects, they are not appropri- ate for children under two years old. Avoid applying to children’s hands as they can place them in their mouths or eye. If you suspect a poisoning or need poisons advice, contact the National Poisons Centre on 0800 POISON 0800 764 766. For poisons prevention infor- mation go to www.poisons.co.nz For more information go to: www.poisons.co .nz. Care for your dog’s teeth with Dentastix They may be ‘man’s best friend’ but when it comes to taking care of the family dog New Zea- landers are failing to meet basic healthcare standards according to new research. The Pedigree Dentastix sur- vey investigated Kiwis atti- tudes to the health and care of their pets with 98 percent of respondents saying they didn’t brush their dog’s teeth daily, a sign we may be neglecting their basic dental requirements. Despite Kiwis neglect of their dog’s teeth, more than a third (34 percent) were critical of their pet’s oral hygiene and complained that a dog’s bad breath is one of the most unpleasant smells they could imagine. Now you can get your doggy’s dental health sorted with Pedi- gree Dentastix – chews that care for your canine’s smile anytime, anywhere. Dental care chews such as Pedigree Dentastix are a great- tasting addition to your dog’s daily oral health regime. Pedi- gree Dentastix have been clinically proven to reduce up to 80 percent of tartar build-up - a key contributor to gum disease. Pedigree Marketing Manager Oliver Downs says oral care isn’t just about white teeth, it’s about keeping your dog’s teeth and gums healthy. ‘‘Pedigree Dentastix are an excellent way for dog owners to start a preventative approach to oral care for their pets,’’ he says.
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