The Mental Health Foundations new CEO Shaun Robinson announced that in the wake of 579 deaths by suicide this year a National Review of Mental Health Services “would be a waste of time and resources”
I can tell you what the over 350 submissions to our People’s Review project is starting to tell us:
– More than 70% of people who have accessed mental health services in this country have had a negative experience
– Staff are overwhelmed and burnt out by a system that is overworked and under resourced
– Suicidal New Zealanders are reporting wait times of up to 14 weeks to access the help they need.
– Suicidal New Zealanders being told that they aren’t “serious” enough to be seen, and are forced to make serious attempts on their lives to access services
– Multiple stories of frustrated, and sadly in some cases bereaved families, who have tried and tried to access services for their loved ones clearly in mental distress.
Here’s another fact you may not be aware of given you’ve only been in the job 5 minutes.
– Of the 428 men who died by suicide in 2014/2015 50% had accessed mental health services and chose to walk away in despair and take their own lives.
What does that tell you Shaun? It tells me that this is a service in crisis and one that needs reviewing.
Going by the other stupid comments you have made including “it’s fairly clear where the pressure points are within the response to the mental wellbeing of New Zealanders” (without producing a thread of evidence) the only waste of time and resources that I can see is the extravagant wage the Mental Health Foundation is paying you!
Mike King is one of NZs best informed voices on mental health and suicide