Delays in NZ mental health support ‘intolerable’…

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In the year to March, 30 per cent of those aged 19 and under seeking mental health help waited more than three weeks to see a provider, according to the Ministry of Health. Photo / iStock
In the year to March, 30 per cent of those aged 19 and under seeking mental health help waited more than three weeks to see a provider, according to the Ministry of Health. Photo / iStock

Thousands of young New Zealanders are waiting weeks, or even months, for mental health care — a situation one MP calls “intolerable”.

In the year to March, 30 per cent of those aged 19 and under seeking mental health help waited more than three weeks to see a provider, according to the Ministry of Health. That equated to 3347 young people.

Figures showed 1337 of them waited more than eight weeks to see a provider.

Green Party health spokesman Kevin Hague said more and more people in the community needed mental health support. For young people, that need was often urgent.

“If you think about…

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