School of Population Health

Peter J. Adams - Mental health


Through work initially as a clinical psychologist, my central interest is in the part social connections (within families, neighbourhoods, communities and cultures) play in building capacities to avoid and adapt to threats to mental wellbeing.

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Community involvements

  • Practiced as a clinical psychologist for fourteen years in a wide range of mental health contexts that included institutional, community and private practice settings.
  • Co-led the development of mental health development and population mental health teaching programmes within the School of Population Health.
  • Part of initial design group, and co-wrote the initial funding application for Framework Trust which we conceived as a service that worked to provide mental health consumers with access to employment opportunities. Now a sizeable organisation with many projects. Framework online
  • Involved in practice and research in the areas of addictions and problem gambling (see relevant web pages on this site).


  • [ARTICLE] Bennett, S. Coggan, C. Adams, P. (2003) Problematising depression: young people, mental health and suicidal behaviours. Social Science and Medicine, 57: 289-299.  Read more
  • [ARTICLE] Bennett S, Coggan C, Hooper R, Lovell C, Adams P. (2002) Presentations by youth to Auckland Emergency departments following a suicide attempt. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 11:144-153. Read more
  • [ARTICLE] Bennett S, Coggan C, Adams P. (2002) Young peoples pathways to wellbeing Following a suicide attempt. International Journal of Health promotion, 4(3): 25-32.  Read more
  • [CHAPTER] Adams, P.J. (1997) Men. Chapter 9 in P.M. Ellis & S.C.D. Collings (eds.) Mental Health in New Zealand from a Public Health Perspective. (pp213-242). Public Health Report No. 3. Public Health Group, Wellington: Ministry of Health. Read more(PDF)
  • [ARTICLE] Hector Taylor, L. & Adams, P.J. (1996) State versus trait loneliness in the elderlyPsychological Reports, 78, 1329-1330. 


  • Framework Trust (Integrated services for supporting mental health recovery in New Zealand)
  • Te Pou (New Zealand’s national centre of mental health research and workforce development)