Rural, Maori mental health stats grim

Being young, male, Māori and living in rural Northland could be a prescription for mental illness, according to recent statistics and commentary. (Otago Daily Times)

Northland general practitioner and medical innovator Dr Lance O’Sullivan has spoken out about what he calls ”an epidemic of mental illness”, especially in rural areas.

O’Sullivan did not refer to Māori in particular but Northland suicide figures indicate it as a high-risk group.

Read more or read the rural mental health survey results.