New Zealand vows to take mental health seriously

New Zealand vows to take mental health seriously

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Wellington, Oct 10 :  Minister of Health of New Zealand David Clark said on Thursday that this year's World Mental Health Day theme is a reminder of why the government's work on mental health is so important and New Zealand is committed to taking mental health seriously, to reduce its record high rate of suicide.

"This year the World Federation for Mental Health has made suicide prevention the main theme of this important day," David Clark said. "This Government is committed to taking mental health seriously. We made a record 1.9 billion New Zealand dollars (1.2 billion US dollars) investment into mental health and addiction in Budget 2019 and have a range of actions underway to reduce New Zealand's high rate of suicide."

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister David Clark jointly released on Sep 10 Every Life Matters -- The Suicide Prevention Strategy 2019-2029 and Action Plan 2019-2024.

The plan has three main focus areas including promoting wellbeing, responding to suicidal distress and behavior and supporting individuals and communities after a suicide. According to the plan, a suicide prevention office will be established to coordinate actions.(UNI)