Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Mental Health Foundation welcomes the Budget 2019 priorities

Media Release

13 December 2018

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) welcomes the Budget 2019 priorities released by the Minister of Finance today.

“The overall focus on wellbeing, and specific prioritisation of mental health for under 25-year-olds, are very encouraging,” MHF chief executive Shaun Robinson says.

“Around the world, the rise in depression and other mental health issues indicates the paradox of our times – wealth alone does not create happiness or wellbeing.” Mr Robinson says. “We need to find a balance of priorities that support the mental health of our people. These priorities must include a sense of connectedness within our communities, social justice and environments that sustain health. The wellbeing approach of Budget 2019 is heading in this direction.”

The recent Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry reported what we already know – our response to mental health in New Zealand has major gaps.

“Funding has fallen well behind demand, and we need to do things very differently,” Mr Robinson says. “Many people are suffering tragic consequences, especially young people and particularly young Māori. All Kiwis share the alarm at our suicide figures and the high rates of bullying and other issues affecting young people,” Mr Robinson adds.

“While we do not yet know what the Budget will deliver, and the devil will be in the detail, it is good to hear that the mental health of our young people will be a key focus,” Mr Robinson says.

The Mental Health Foundation look forward to an ongoing investment plan for mental health and suicide prevention that must cover multiple budgets.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Dice Are Loaded Against Women In Public Life

If they enter public life, women can expect a type of intense (and contradictory) scrutiny that is rarely applied to their male counterparts. If they are relatively young and conventionally attractive, such women will tend to be written off as lightweights – yet if they’re older and obviously competent, doubts will then tend to be raised about their “electability” and whether they are “warm” and “likeable” enough to connect with voters. Too conventionally feminine or not conventionally feminine enough? Too cold and too cerebral, or too warm and flighty to be seriously considered for high public office? For women in the public spotlight, the Goldilocks moments (when things are just right) are few and far between. More>>


PGF Kaikōura $10.88M: Boost In Tourism & Business

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More>>


Whitebaiting: Govt Plans To Protect Announced

With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. More>>


Education: Resource For Schools On Climate Change

New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change... More>>


In Effect April: New Regulations For Local Medicinal Cannabis

Minister of Health Dr David Clark says new regulations will allow local cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products that will potentially help ease the pain of thousands of people. More>>


RNZ: New Year Honours: Sporting Greats Among Knights And Dames

Six new knights and dames, including Silver Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua and economist Professor Dame Marilyn Waring, have been created in today's New Year's Honours List. The list of 180 recipients - 91 women and 89 men - leans heavily on awards for community service, arts and the media, health and sport.


Gordon Campbell: On What An Inquiry Might Look Like

Presumably, if there is to be a ministerial inquiry (at the very least) into the Whakaari/White Island disaster, it will need to be a joint ministerial inquiry. That’s because the relevant areas of responsibility seem to be so deeply interwoven... More>>






InfoPages News Channels