This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week and the hundreds of submissions coming into the People’s Mental Health Review suggest the thing New Zealanders need to be aware of this week is that the Public Mental Health System in New Zealand is in crisis.
We have been collecting people’s experiences of the mental health system for four weeks, and in that time we have collected more than 350 stories. Stories that are beginning to paint a picture of long wait times to access the appropriate treatment, of services stretched to breaking point, of families fear and frustration when their loved ones are at risk, and of professionals exhausted and burned out.
Great work is being done to educate the public, and reduce stigma in the area of mental health. But this Mental Health Awareness Week there is only one really big conversation we should be having: how can we get our basic mental health treatment services available and functioning so all New Zealanders can once more know that when they or a family member needs help, it will be there.
We believe the only way to achieve that is with an official National Review of all Mental Health Services, followed by Government action. All of which starts with a national conversation, sparked by these stories and you.
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