Aultmann, New Zealand – Aultmerman Hospital in the Waikato has been looking for a “small but growing number of unusual patients”.
Aultmermans new mental health facility in Aultmania has been asked to help with the search for patients, with a “big bang” announcement due to be made on Wednesday.
The hospital has been in the news recently for what some have termed its “lack of transparency”.
The new mental hospital has opened up a new section in its office to accommodate patients, but has been struggling to find enough to take in, with staff and volunteers unable to cope with the high number of new cases.
“We’ve had a number of people who have come through our door over the past few weeks,” the director of the hospital, Peter Jukes, told the New Zealand Herald.
“[They] have come with a few other conditions, but what we’ve seen is that many of them have a serious mental illness.”
“The most common of these is schizophrenia, and many of the new patients we’ve come across are very young, many of whom are mentally ill.”
The mental health centre is looking to fill a need with a range of conditions, including depression, anxiety and schizophrenia.
Mr Jukes said the hospital would continue to work with the State Government to provide support and care, but there was a need to find “a more likely group of patients”.
“We don’t know how many patients are in our waiting list.
It’s been up for months now, and it’s been increasing in the past month or so,” he said.
He said it was important to be aware of the symptoms of the “unlikely” patients and “try to understand the circumstances that led to them”.
“If they are looking for help for a serious condition, the hospital is not a place for them.”
Mr Higg said the New South Wales Department of Health had been “very supportive” of the health facility, but the health system needed to be “more proactive” and make sure the people seeking help were properly diagnosed and treated.
Aulani O’Neill, of the Mental Health Association, said “there is an important difference between ‘unusual’ and ‘unexpected’.”
We need to be very careful about using that word, because it can be used in a very broad way.
“We need people to be given the right information about the condition they have and to be asked about it if they think it might help them.”
Ms O’Neil said the “big boom” announcement meant that the mental health system was facing “a massive increase in new cases”.
She said it meant “a lot of very sick people” could end up at the hospital.
Ms O”Neill said there were also “many more people who may have had mental health problems that they didn’t disclose to the health service”.
But Ms O’Neal said the news had “a real impact” on the mental illness and mental health services.
‘Huge challenge’ The National Mental Health Foundation’s Dr Nick Boles said the announcement was “a huge challenge”.
He urged all mental health providers to get involved in the search and to do everything they could to “build up a strong and supportive community”.
Dr Boles told The New Zealand Times that he was hopeful of a “huge breakthrough” within the next few weeks, but warned “we’re still looking for ways to improve”.
Mental health is not only a health issue, it is a human one, he said, and “there are a lot of people struggling with mental health”.
It is a social and economic issue. “
But the bigger challenge for mental health in New Zealand is that it is not just a health concern.
It is a social and economic issue.
We need to work together to ensure that we get this right.”
MHA executive director John Williams said the public would have to wait and see what the new mental healthcare facility would do in the long term, but that it was a “significant milestone”.
“It is a huge milestone that we are building an institution where people can come to seek help and receive treatment.
It will be a major step forward in New Plymouth’s efforts to be a good place to be,” he told The Times.
But Dr Boles warned that the “buzz of the media and social media” was “quite worrying” for mental wellbeing.
“We should not underestimate the impact that social media can have on the health of people and on the overall wellbeing of New Zealanders,” he added.
In January, the New York Times revealed that mental health costs New Zealand $1.7 billion every year.