Janet Peters: Intervene early to lessen trauma for kids

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

New Zealand Herald 12 Hui tanguru (February) 2019

The Government's Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry has done a great job in raising many issues important to New Zealand. One area that I see as needing further attention is that of earlier intervention for our children and families.

Earlier intervention across government, not just in health.

As the Ministry of Health itself notes, "The science is clear: What happens before conception and birth and within the first three years of postnatal life has a major effect on the subsequent development of the child, through adolescence and into adulthood."

Janet Peters is a registered psychologist in Tauranga and New Zealand liaison for the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership, she states:

"Prevention of adversity in New Zealand needs strong action now.

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