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Where’s the mental health money, Minister?

June 22, 2022 Share

Matt Doocey

Today’s Health Select Committee hearing has revealed that the Government cannot point to how much money has been set aside in Budget 2022 for mental health services, National’s Mental Health & Suicide Prevention spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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Same announcement but no delivery

May 17, 2022 Share

Matt Doocey

Today’s Mana Ake expansion announcement is nothing but a re-hash of the same press release from over a year ago, National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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Govt needs a plan to boost mental health workforce

April 29, 2022 Share

Matt Doocey

Despite the Government announcing $1.9 billion for mental health, the state of New Zealand’s mental health services is worse now than it was when Labour took office, National’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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OAG asked to investigate $1.9b for mental health

April 19, 2022 Share

Matt Doocey

National’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Spokesperson Matt Doocey has written to the Auditor-General to request an investigation into why the $1.9 billion the Government allocated to mental health has not resulted in any material improvements in mental health outcomes.

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Govt blocks another mental health briefing

April 06, 2022 Share

Matt Doocey

In another abuse of power, Labour has blocked a request for a briefing from the Ministry of Health into their response to the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission’s monitoring report, National’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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‘Transparent’ Govt blocks mental health briefing

March 30, 2022 Share

Matt Doocey

Labour has once again blocked a request by National for a briefing to select committee, this time refusing a briefing from the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission on their monitoring report, National’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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More evidence Labour is failing on mental health

March 25, 2022 Share

Matt Doocey

Information revealing that a $25 million fund for free mental health services for tertiary students has delivered just 304 counselling sessions in 18 months is emblematic of Labour’s inability to deliver, say National’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention spokesperson Matt Doocey and Tertiary Education spokesperson Penny Simmonds.

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More spending but no results for mental health

March 22, 2022 Share

Matt Doocey

The mental health monitoring report out today shows that the Government’s $1.9 billion investment in mental health has delivered no benefit to Kiwis, National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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Call for a Covid-19 youth mental health summit

January 26, 2022 Share

Matt Doocey

The stress of the pandemic is impacting New Zealand youth, and the Health Minister must hold a Covid-19 youth mental health summit to be best prepared to help them, National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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More mental health announcements, more failure certain

November 08, 2021 Share

Matt Doocey

The Government’s announcement of $5.6 million to help Aucklanders experiencing mental distress shows it does not care about other people struggling with lockdowns, says National’s spokesperson for Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Matt Doocey.

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Counselling crucial to Covid response

November 03, 2021 Share

Matt Doocey

National is calling on the Government to urgently fund 100,000 free counselling sessions to respond to growing mental distress caused by Covid.

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Government’s schoolkids’ mental health failure demands answers

November 03, 2021 Share

Matt Doocey

The Government must front up and explain why its $75.8 million initiative to put more guidance counsellors in schools to cope with increasing mental health issues among children has seemingly achieved nothing, says National’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention spokesperson Matt Doocey.

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Today we remember those who’ve lost their lives to suicide

October 04, 2021 Share

Matt Doocey

Today with the release of the Chief Coroners Annual Suicide Statistics we remember the 607 people who lost their lives to suicide over the past year, National’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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Govt reviewing itself on mental health is a sham

September 24, 2021 Share

Matt Doocey

The Government claiming it’s on track to deliver its mental health promises is a kick in the guts to all those New Zealanders desperate for mental health support and can’t access it, National’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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Still no plan to address NZ’s growing mental health crisis

September 22, 2021 Share

Matt Doocey

New Zealand is in the midst of a mental health crisis, what is needed now is action not more vision statements, working groups and nice words, National’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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Labour blocks inquiry into mental health facilities

July 07, 2021 Share

Matt Doocey

In a predictable but disappointing move Labour has today blocked an inquiry into the slow roll out of mental health facilities, National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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Doocey seeks Select Committee inquiry into mental health

July 07, 2021 Share

Matt Doocey

National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey will ask the Health Select Committee to open an inquiry into the 15 new inpatient mental health facilities later this morning.

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Little needs to stop making excuses on mental health and start doing his job

June 29, 2021 Share

Matt Doocey

Andrew Little needs to stop making excuses and take ownership on mental health, says National’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention spokesperson, Matt Doocey.

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Minister Little all out of answers on mental health

June 24, 2021 Share

Matt Doocey

In Parliament today Health Minister Andrew Little had few answers to my questions on the mental health crisis Labour has allowed to balloon in their nearly four years in Government, National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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Govt is negligent on mental health crisis

June 22, 2021 Share

Judith Collins

New Zealand is in the midst of a mental health crisis and this Government has proven itself incapable of delivering on any of their promises to address it, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Urgent support needed for eating disorder services

June 02, 2021 Share

Matt Doocey

People of all ages throughout New Zealand are suffering due to a lack of treatment available for eating disorders, National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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Labour blocks inquiry into sanitised mental health report

May 05, 2021 Share

Matt Doocey

Today the Labour Government blocked an inquiry into the Mental Health and Addiction Services annual report calling into question once again its openness and transparency, National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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Labour is failing on mental health across the board

April 15, 2021 Share

Matt Doocey

Labour is failing New Zealanders struggling with mental illness, National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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Mental Health wait times worsen across DHBs

April 08, 2021 Share

Matt Doocey

Ballooning wait times for children and adolescents trying to access mental health services should be of serious concern to us all, National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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Mental health reporting is failing Kiwis in need

April 06, 2021 Share

Judith Collins

The handbrake applied by Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Government to mental health reporting is not good enough and warrants a decent explanation from the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Government hiding mental health progress

February 25, 2021 Share

Matt Doocey

Mental health professionals across New Zealand are concerned progress on the Government’s promise to transform the mental health system has stalled, National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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Appalling lack of action from Govt as mental health call outs increase

December 28, 2020 Share

Matt Doocey

The significant increase in calls involving a person having a mental health crisis, in distress or threatening suicide is exactly why the Mental Health Co-Response Service should never have been axed, National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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