Calls for mental health overhaul

The Nutter’s Club’s Mike King agrees, and said we still have a way to go to overcome New Zealand’s toughen-up attitude when it comes to emotions, especially with young people.

“If there was more awareness in schools, and there was more of a drive towards positive societal attitudinal change, we could knock a lot of these problems on the head before they become problems.”

King said a volatile funding model that forces organisations to compete for funding is the problem:

“So you’ve got a huge pool of people, all trying to do good by the people, but they’re forced to put their own self interest first for the survival of their organisations.”

“That’s never going to work.”

The calls have been echoed by a health care professional, who added that prisoners with mental health issues aren’t receiving the care they need.

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