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(New Zealand) "Nationwide 'epidemic'; call for "mental health workers [in] schools"

Oct 14, 2018, TVNZ: Government has room for improvement to curb mental health crisis, Mental Health Foundation says https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/government-has-room-improvement-curb-mental-health-crisis-foundation-says It's a good start, but there's more work to do to curb the mental health crisis, the Mental Health Foundation says. Described as a nationwide "epidemic", the issue took centre stage during last year's election and was a major drawcard for Labour. Prime Minister and Labour leader Jacinda Ardern said at the time, "If you're going to talk about hope, then my view is we need to do something about mental health in this country". One year on, Ms Ardern says the Government has "moved as quickly as we can" to improve mental health. Part of the changes include dedicated mental health support in Kaikoura and Canterbury primary and intermediate schools; a $10 million cash injection to pilot free counselling services for under 25s and extended school-based health services to decile four schools. … "You know, it's all very well to say, 'We want services' or 'we want to put mental health workers into schools', but are those workers there?" Mr Robinson said….