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Forgotten people report highlights male isolation

Tuesday 22 August 2006

Forgotten people report highlights male isolation

United Future deputy leader Judy Turner has lent her support to the Salvation Army’s call for changes within social services to address the growing number of men who are pushed to the fringes of society.

“This report has served to further highlight what is becoming an increasingly worrying trend in New Zealand,” said Mrs Turner.

“Men are disproportionately represented in mental health statistics, prison statistics, alcohol and drug figures and problem gambling.

“These are issues that need to be addressed in a male context by Government and social services.

“There is a perception out there that men are more resilient than woman, can take the knocks, bounce back up again and be no worse for the experience. This report and other recent concerns surrounding CYF and the Family Court have shown that this perception is often not the reality.

“The report states that many men’s troubles begin after a relationship break-up, which indicates a lack of support in the community for men who have lost the support of the family environment.

"There are very few organisations out there and almost none that are government funded that are set up to specifically help men in times of need.

“Many men are feeling more and more ostracised from society and instead of being able to receive help for their problems instead descend into alcohol, drugs, unemployment and in many cases violence.

“I support many of the recommendations put forward by the Salvation Army and I sincerely hope that the Government will consider them for implementation,” concluded Mrs Turner.


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