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Exploring mental health and suicide amongst Cook Islanders: A review of the literature

3 months
Approved budget:
Miss Eliza Puna
Health issue:
Mental health (and sleep disorders)
Proposal type:
Pacific Health Summer Studentship
Lay summary
Mental health is an essential component to our overall wellbeing. If it is not taken care off then cab become detrimental and often times may result in suicide. Ethnic specific information about any health condition is important to understanding health outcomes for any group of people. Just like the term Pacific, Cook Islanders are a heterogeneous group of people and more needs to be done to understand these and many other issues amongst them. Gaining and building knowledge is important to future work on Cook Island mental health and suicide. Therefore, this project will aim to provide an overview and current status of mental health and suicide in both the Cook Islands and New Zealand. It will also examine cultural perspectives and view by Cook Islanders. Lastly, it will look at analysing models that have been employed to help address Cook Island health in the past.