July 28, 2022
Youth MPs vocal on mental health
National Party health spokesperson Shane Reti sees mental health among Māori youth as a looming issue.
The government has poured millions of dollars into the school-based Mana Ake programme to help children deal with issues including grief, loss, parental separation, and bullying.
Dr Reti says the various impacts of Covid are also affecting young people’s mental health.
“You know parents who may have lost jobs and disrupted lifestyles, it’s definitely a factor in an amongst our children at the moment and listening to the youth parliament last week, almost two-thirds of their contributions in the House pointing to mental health so it just shows how significant that is,” he says.