In our previous article we described how New Zealand has the highest rate of teenage suicide in the OECD. Despite this clear need within society, the government had done little to address these needs. Taking a very 80s / 90s approach, they seemed to blame a new Netflix series ’13 Reasons Why’ about teenage suicide. The New Zealand classifications body went so far as to create a new censorship category.
After the previous article was published we found the ‘The People’s Mental Health’ report. The report is a crowdfunded and crowdsourced story-based inquiry into the public mental health system in Aotearoa New Zealand. How terrible that it is a crowd funded project is needed to draw attention to a country’s mental health policy and the government fails to recognise the problem. The full report is available at this location:
On May 9, 2017 Andrew Little leader of the opposition brought into question the findings from the report. He questioned New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English why government spending on mental health services had failed to meet the demand from society.
At @happy_ops we will not side with one political party or another. Our hope is that whoever leads the New Zealand government will listen closely to the mental needs of the people. We hope that every government will do everything in their power to decrease the suicide rate and increase the overall happiness of the population of New Zealand.
If you are in New Zealand please seek support from these groups:
Lifeline New Zealand
0800 543 354
0800 726 666
0800 376 633