RURAL COMMUNITIES MISS OUT IN MENTAL HEALTH INQUIRY REPORT
It’s disappointing there are no recommendations to support rural communities in the Government’s Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry Report (the Report) says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).
“New Zealand’s rural communities are suffering more than most from the lack of access to mental health and addiction services, which the Report does not address,” says National President, Fiona Gower.
“RWNZ lodged a submission to the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry and while some of our concerns are noted in the body of the report, there are no recommendations that will alleviate our concerns.
“The use of tele-health services could help solve isolation by distance if there was access to adequate and affordable connectivity – unfortunately this is not the case in much of rural New Zealand.
“A far better solution is to train those living and working in rural communities to identify and support those suffering, as well as education and support programmes to lower the incidence of mental illness, suicides and family violence.
“RWNZ would also like to see a rural impact assessment carried out on all the recommendations before they’re implemented — it’s the least the Government can do to support rural communities,” says Ms Gower.
For further information, or to schedule an interview, please contact Fiona Gower on 027 428 3884
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