News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Mental health crisis needs urgent action, not empty promises

Mental health crisis needs urgent action, not empty promises

Source: PSA

--

Jonathan Coleman’s long-awaited response to the mental health crisis shows he has no understanding of the mental health crisis, the PSA says.

The Minister of Health has today released details of a "social investment approach" to mental health, including a National Improvement Programme funded from within existing baselines.

He also referred to the government’s $321 million package of social investment spending, but did not say whether mental health would be included in that or funded separately.

"This announcement shows National has no idea of the seriousness of the mental health crisis, and has no clue how to address it," PSA National Secretary Erin Polaczuk says.

"There are a few bandaids in Dr Coleman’s first aid kit, but nothing to address the growing demand and the massive unmet need in the system."

Dr Coleman would not give any detail about how the social investment approach would work, or how services would be targeted.

"We are very sceptical about the highly-targeted nature of other social investment programmes put in place by this government," Ms Polaczuk says.

"If this signals that mental health services will only be targeted towards a small at-risk group, thousands of others will miss out.

"The cross-agency collaborative approach to mental health is nothing new, and Dr Coleman’s statement that it can be funded within existing baselines is troubling.

"National needs to make urgent and significant investment into mental health to ensure services are adequately funded and resourced, and staffed by experienced, highly skilled workers.

"Today’s announcement shows a worrying lack of thought about what’s really needed by our mental health services - and how this crisis will be fixed."

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Wellington Rugby Zeroes: Sevens To Move To Hamilton

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester: “The Sevens has been a big part of recent Wellington history but it was time for the event to move on… Wellingtonians have been voting with their feet in the last few years and we’ve seen the result in dwindling crowd numbers and lower ticket sales.” More>>

ALSO:

Matafeo & Dravid: The Billy T And Fred Award Winners For 2017

At the final show of the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival powered by Flick Electric Co. the Festival came to a close after 115 shows in Auckland and 68 shows in Wellington. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: What’s Fair? Tax and Fairness

This is an excellent and timely book, since apart from general statements about increasing or mostly reducing tax, there has been very little comment or debate as to whether we should pay tax at all and how much tax should each of us pay. More>>

Ockham Awards: Globally Lauded Novelist Wins NZ’s Biggest Fiction Prize

Internationally renowned Ngāruawāhia resident Catherine Chidgey has won New Zealand’s richest writing award, the $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, for her novel The Wish Child. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland