December 04, 2018
New path needed for mental health
The long-awaited report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction is calling for greater access to mental health services, not just when people have a diagnosed mental illness.
The 200 page report says the system is unsustainable in its current form, and it needs a rethink, with an emphasis on wellbeing and community, with more prevention and early intervention.
The panel, which included Māori health expert Professor Sir Mason Durie, highlighted New Zealand’s persistently high suicide rates and the harm done by a heavy drinking culture and drug use.
It also noted Māori outcomes are worse than for the overall population, with Māori subject to much greater use of compulsory treatment and seclusion.
It wants to see more community-based services, including kaupapa Māori services, which can be achieved by strengthening the non-government sector.
It also called for a bold, health oriented approach to alcohol and drug use, including stricter regulations on the sale and supply of alcohol and decriminalisation of drugs for personal use, while at the same time boosting treatment and detox services.
Copyright © 2018, UMA Broadcasting Ltd: www.waateanews.com