System neglects ‘missing middle’ of the population who face common problems.
50-80% of New Zealanders experience mental distress or addiction challenges at some point in their lives, while each year one in five people experience mental illness or significant mental distress.
A landmark inquiry has found New Zealand’s mental health services are overwhelmed and geared towards crisis care rather than the wider population who are experiencing increasing rates of depression, trauma and substance abuse.
It has urged the government to widen provision of mental health care from 3% of the population in critical need to “the missing middle” – the 20% of the population who struggle with “common, disabling problems” such as anxiety.
New Zealand has one of the highest rates of suicide in the OECD, especially among young people. In 2017, 20,000 people tried to take their own life.
. . . The Guardian
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