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Tuesday Health News - Mental Health and Vaccinations

Mental health has featured this week as political parties made promises to provide funding, and there was suicide prevention day on Sunday.  National Party MP for Tamaki, Simon O'Connor made a mistake when he seemed to equate suicide and euthanasia, which earned him a rebuke from PM Bill English.

There was an illustration of the extent of the  problem of suicide where pairs of shoes demonstrate  problem. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/96686909/606-pairs-of-shoes-arrive-at-parliament-as-radio-hosts-open-up-about-suicide

And a new graphic novel by Wellington lawyer Brent Williams, about his battle with anxiety and depression. Brent is the son of son of Sir Arthur Williams, construction tycoon, philanthropist, and tyrant at home. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/health/news/article.cfm?c_id=204&objectid=11918316

A report of a trial of a vaccination against RSV, a respiratory virus which causes things like bronchiolitis and pneumonia in young children. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/96604713/respiratory-illness-vaccination-trial-gives-young-mother-reassurance

Followed by a reminder of why the standard vaccinations are important as unvaccinated and under-vaccinated people are coming down with mumps.  Mumps is not good for children, but really awful for adults, especially for men. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/96619080/pacific-community-hit-hardest-by-auckland-mumps-outbreak

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