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Mental Health Awareness...

One in six New Zealand adults have been diagnosed with a common mental health issue.  Making the decision to seek help and start therapy is great, so we are pleased to be able to offer financial assistance for two treatments.

One in six New Zealand adults have been diagnosed with a common mental health issue.  Making the decision to seek help and start therapy is great, so we are pleased to be able to offer financial assistance for two treatments.

What’s the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist? Here we break it down for you so you can make an informed decision about what care you, or your family, may need.

Psychiatrist

  • Benefit category of ‘specialist or surgical’ for Marram healthcare
  • 60% of the cost reimbursed
  • Maximum reimbursement of $2,500 per year,  per family

Psychiatrists in NZ are members of the NZ Medical Council.  They are usually involved in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues and are able to give you prescriptions for medications such as anti-depressants, mood stabilisers and sleeping tablets.

Psychologist

  • Comes under the category of 'alternative therapy'
  • $20 per visit reimbursed
  • Maximum reimbursement of $200 per year, per family

Psychologists in NZ do not prescribe medication, but look at solution-focused treatments for issues and use different techniques to find solutions. Go to https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/in-crisis/find-a-gp-or-counsellor/