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Mental health closures a sign of things to come

The closure of a respected mental health support service in New Plymouth is an indication of the pressures faced across the sector, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson David Clark says.

Like Minds, which has been a major player in the region's mental health and addictions sector for more than 20 years, closed its doors on Friday citing a lack of funding for the decision. A Wairarapa branch closed late last year after it also lost funding.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg. The Government has slashed mental health budgets around the country, with plans to hand the sector over to banks and investors to manage.

"A society is best judged by how it treats the most vulnerable citizens.

“Beggars on the streets, increasing homelessness and rolling cuts in mental health services go hand in hand.

“It is a sad indictment on this Government that we can expect to see more of that. It shows just how removed they are from issues New Zealanders care about,” David Clark says.