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World Mental Health Day a reminder of the importance of mental health work

October 11, 2019 at 12:14 PM


Minister of Health Dr David Clark and Associate Minister of Health Peeni Henare say this year’s World Mental Health Day theme is a reminder of why the Government’s work on mental health is so important.

“This year the World Federation for Mental Health has made suicide prevention the main theme of this important day,” David Clark said.

“This Government is committed to taking mental health seriously. We made a record $1.9 billion investment into mental health and addiction in Budget 2019 and have a range of actions underway to reduce New Zealand’s high rate of suicide.

“Last month we launched the new suicide prevention strategy and action plan (Every Life Matters), and we have established a Suicide Prevention Office.

“We’ve also allocated $40 million in funding through Budget 2019 to suicide prevention including counselling for those bereaved by suicide and tailored Māori and Pacific suicide prevention initiatives.

“There are no quick fixes, but we need to start with prevention. That means providing better access and choice of services for people where and when they need it,” David Clark said.

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