More New Zealanders join the call for a mental health inquiry

A petition from Life Matters Suicide Prevention Trust presented at Parliament today shows that more people are joining the call for a mental health inquiry, the Green Party said.

“Who else does the Minister of Health need to hear from to convince him that a nationwide mental health inquiry is desperately needed?” Green Party health spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said today.

“Time and time again, we have heard about the failings in our mental health system and why an inquiry is essential to fixing those issues – it’s time the Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman listened.

“The 579 Kiwis who tragically took their own lives last year, a record high, reflects the failings in our mental health system and should be evidence enough for the Minister.                         

“We owe it to all of those people and their loved ones to look at why the system isn’t reaching them, and a nationwide mental health inquiry is the best way to do that.

“The Green Party has already drafted suggested terms of reference for the mental health inquiry, now we need the Minister of Health to act.

“The slow erosion of the overall health budget by $1.7billion dollars since the National Government came to power is really hurting New Zealanders,” Ms Genter said.

 

Action

Virtual Events

We have activists across Aotearoa / New Zealand who are working hard to build a brighter future for our kids and grandkids. This page lists upcomin...
Take Action

Action

It's time to pay our essential workers a dignified wage

Our essential workers are the heroes getting us through the COVID-19 crisis, yet for too long they’ve been...
Take Action

Action

Join our call to stop funding fossil fuels!

We need to remove all public money managed by the Government from climate-changing fossil fuel industries.
Take Action

Action

Support our Climate Action Plan for bigger bolder climate action

We agree with all five of the School Strike for Climate's demands. Read more and sign the petition.
Take Action

Action

Show your support to end housing inequality

Our essential workers are the heroes getting us through the COVID-19 crisis, yet for too long they’ve been undervalued and many barely....
Take Action

Latest Health Announcements

Story

Health reforms must protect community voices

The Green Party is welcoming the final report of the Health and Disability System Review, but cautions that any changes to the DHB system must prot...
Read More

Story

Free period products in schools to combat poverty

Young people in Waikato will be the first to have free access to period products in schools in another step to support children and young people in...
Read More

Story

Support for Christchurch’s youth with dedicated mental health services at Canterbury University

The Green Party is announcing today that free mental wellbeing services will soon be available at Canterbury University, making services available ...
Read More

Policy

Health Policy

Quality, free healthcare provided by a publicly funded health system is the basis of a good life. Everyone has a right to the healthcare services t...
See More

Story

SPEECH: Green Party Co-leader James Shaw – Ministerial statement on State of National Emergency and Epidemic Notice

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.  The scale of what we face right now is unlike anything we have ever seen before. Overcoming it is our common purpose.
Read More

Story

Ground-breaking abortion law passes, giving NZers compassionate healthcare

Ground-breaking law has passed that will decriminalise abortion and ensure women and pregnant people seeking abortions have compassionate healthcare.
Read More