Politicians support PSA call for mental health inquiry
In Wellington, PSA members gathered on Parliament lawn on World Mental Health Day (Tuesday 10 October 2017) to support Hastings mum Hana Reedy to present a 30,000 strong petition to Parliament.
The petition, supported by YesWeCare.NZ, calls for an urgent inquiry into New Zealand’s mental health system. It was received on Parliament’s steps by Green Party Co-Leader James Shaw and Labour Party Leader Jacinda Ardern.
Hana Reedy, the primary petitioner, travelled from the Hawke’s Bay with her husband Api for the occasion.
Hana said she was overwhelmed with gratitude for the support they received from the PSA and the rest of the Yes, We Care Coalition.
Hana told media there needed to be drastic change in New Zealand’s mental health system so more parents don’t have to suffer like she has.
PSA National Secretary Erin Polaczuk said the PSA was the union for mental health workers and was committed to addressing the strain on the mental health system.
Erin told media an urgent inquiry into New Zealand’s mental health system and increased funding for mental health services were needed.
“Mental health workers want to do more to care for New Zealanders, but they’re suffering from years and years of underfunding, while the work is getting harder and harder.
“The people who work in mental health are amazing, and really care about the work they do. But they can't do the best work when they're working double shifts all the time, or when funding is falling short," Erin Polaczuk said.
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