Mental health in New Zealand
Mental health is often poorly understood it would be advisable for the group to work alongside someone with lived experience of mental health, or a mental health nurse. who has experience in mental health or an understanding of our local mental health and addictions services. This is a specialist area. We will need someone who will preserve the mana of all individuals taking into account the notion of diversity. Treating mental health needs to reflect warmth, care, and respect for these people.
Long wait times, strain on workers and an under-resourced system were common points brought up by respondents.
We are running a reactive rather than proactive service and it's putting pressure on workers.
The report made several recommendations, including an urgent funding increase for mental health services, a fully independent oversight of the mental health system, and a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the structure and provision of mental health services.
Public Service Association national secretary Erin Polaczuk said New Zealanders were suffering because the government was under-funding the health system.
"While more funding and extra staff are essential, it's not enough."
She said the report reinforced a recent survey of 6000 people working in health.
"The study found nine in 10 people working in health feel they don't have the staff or resources to give New Zealanders the health care they need, when they need it."
Previous suggestions of an inquiry have been brushed aside by the Ministry of Health.
WHERE TO GET HELP:
* Lifeline: 0800 543 354
* Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 / 0508 TAUTOKO (24/7).
This is a service for people who may be thinking about suicide, or those who are concerned about family or friends.
* Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (24/7)
* Samaritans: 0800 726 666 (24/7)
* Youthline: 0800 376 633 (24/7) or free text 234 (8am-12am), or email email@example.com
* What's Up: online chat (7pm-10pm) or 0800 WHATSUP / 0800 9428 787 children's helpline (1 pm-10 pm weekdays, 3 pm-10 pm weekends)
* Kidsline (ages 5-18): 0800 543 754 (24/7)
* Rural Support Trust Helpline: 0800 787 254
* Health line: 0800 611 116 If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk.
"We've got an industry that evaluates itself but we need an independent commission, someone who can take both sides into account."
Labour leader Andrew Little said Kiwis had "huge concern" about publicly-funded mental health services.
The number of service users had increased by 60 per cent since 2007/08, he said.
"The report says patients have told 'a story of frustration at being unable to access mental health services.' This is a tragic indictment of the Government's underfunding with many submitters talking of despair and hopelessness.
"Recent reports of bed closures, staff assaults and suicides are signalling a growing crisis in mental health. The Government has to act and act now."
Green Party health spokeswoman Julie Anne Genter also added to the calls for an inquiry.
"People accessing support have been let down by a mental health system missing in action, and they should have the right to tell their story.
"We've come a long way with addressing de-stigmatisation but the conversation we now need to be having is what can we expect in terms of stand of treatment," Macdonald said.
Disability Advisory Group needs more committee members we need some community members to advice on issues affecting people living with mental illness, the position requires committee members to interact with their local councils and Government and to provide polite but firm advise to councils, our online group wants to supplement traditional Council Disability Advisory Groups. We want to give our advise directly to Councils and Government as well as to the council disability advisory groups.
We want to allow the public to take part, I have great concerns about the current council model of having closed disability advisory groups, this allows councils the chance to manipulate people into accepting minimal outcome which may endanger the disabled community while saving council and Government a few dollars
People living with mental health advocate wanted, please contact me to join our online Disability Advisory Group.