This graph charts experiences of serious mental disorder and mental health visits within a 12-month period by ethnicity. The first set of bars, which have been adjusted for age and sex, show that Māori and Pacific Island people have a higher prevalence of serious mental disorders than other ethnic groups. The second set of bars, which have been adjusted for severity, show that other ethnicities visit mental health practitioners more than Māori and Pacific people, despite having a lower incidence of serious disorders. These statistics were presented in Te Hinengaro, the first national mental health survey, which was published in 2006. They helped health planners to develop appropriate and targeted mental health programmes.
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Source: M. A. Oakley Browne, J. E. Wells and K. M. Scott, eds, Te rau hinengaro: the New Zealand mental health survey. Wellington: Ministry of Health, 2006, p. 35