28 May 2019

Mental health in line for major reform

From Morning Report, 8:28 am on 28 May 2019

The 'poor cousin' of health - mental health - is in line for major reform and the funds to back it in the Budget on Thursday.

A Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry, published late last year, highlighted New Zealand's high suicide rate and other failures.

It called for sweeping changes, including providing more help locally in communities before more urgent hospital-level care is needed.

That's something those working with the mentally unwell are determined will happen.

RNZ health correspondent Karen Brown reports.