Mental health seclusion events in New Zealand

By sex, 2009–2012


Seclusion is the placing of a client, at any time and for any duration, alone in a room or area from which they cannot exit. For more information see:
Seclusion events with less than an hour between the end of one and the start of another have been joined together to create a single event.
In 2011/12 seclusion data was not complete however the number of DHBs reporting their data to the Ministry of Health is improving over time.


Mental health: A state of wellbeing in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community (World Health Organization 2012).

Addiction, drug or alcohol: Repeated use of a psychoactive substance or substances, to the extent that the user is periodically or chronically intoxicated, shows a compulsion to take the preferred substance (or substances), has great difficulty in voluntarily ceasing or modifying substance use, and exhibits determination to obtain psychoactive substances by almost any means. Also known as alcohol and drug dependence (World Health Organization 2012).

Changes to data collection/processing

There was significant change made to the coding of team types as part of the HISO review of the PRIMHD Codeset. This change was made on 1/7/2014 to all data in PRIMHD from 1/7/2008 onwards. Additionally the Ministry of Health has recently undertaken a review of all standard definitions used in our PRIMHD publications and reports. This has resulted in a slight change to some of the tables in this spreadsheet.

This means that data extracted before 1/7/2014, held in previous publications in this series, should not be compared to data tables containing team type variables. Furthermore caution should be used when comparing data extracted before 1/7/2014 to any of the other tables. The caveats under each table should be taken into consideration before any comparison is made.

Data provided by

Ministry of Health

Dataset name

Mental Health and Addiction: Service use 2011/12


Import & extraction details

File as imported: Mental Health and Addiction: Service use 2011/12

From the dataset Mental Health and Addiction: Service use 2011/12, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: table44
  • Range: C5:E16
  • Provided: 36 data points

This data forms the table Mental health - Seclusion events by sex and Māori and non-Māori, 2008–2012.

Dataset originally released on:

December 19, 2014

Method of collection/Data provider

Data is sourced from the Programme for the Integration of Mental Health Data (PRIMHD).