July 13, 2022
National mental health vision community driven
The National Party mental health spokesperson says the provision of mental health services needs to get down to the community level, including Māori providers.
Matt Doocey says a review of the Government’s $1.9 billion investment into mental health in Budget 2019 showed it had no effect on accessing specialist services.
That’s because there was no clear plan or accountability.
As a member of the cross-party Mental Health and Addiction Wellbeing group, he’s pushing for funding for community providers.
“So for instance rural and farmers want to talk with rural and farmers about mental health, we know we have a high rateā-led mental health and suicide prevention services, kaupapa Māori, Tikanga Māori,” Mr Doocey says.
He says the funding needs to go to organisations that are already known in their communities.