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Mental health and addiction sector hopeful funding will provide change
Mental health and addiction providers say they are hopeful for the Government's $455 million funding boost into new services, but the current health system is too individually-focussed and needs to change.
Representatives from the mental health and addictions sector in Waikato and the North Island met in Hamilton on Tuesday as part of a series of nationwide workshops discussing how the services might be designed and delivered. Among those attending were kaimahi from Tui Ora including chief executive Hayden Wano.
He welcomed the Government's plan. "There's a real opportunity with this change with this budget, we have not had an opportunity like this, it is a watershed moment."
He also said: "We know we're overrepresented as Māori, we know when we engage with the system, our experience isn't the best.
"I would say we are seeing more of our youth, more of our rangatahi, experiencing distress, and we are seeing it occurring earlier."
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