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Pacific experts join mental health inquiry team

24 January 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Ruci Farrell -

Mental health specialist Dr. Jemaima Tiatia-Seath and Christchurch youth advocate Josiah Tualamali'i will be part of a team tasked by the government to conduct a nationwide inquiry into mental health and addiction services.

Dr. Jemaima Tiatia-Seath. Photo/ IASP.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given the inquiry the go-ahead with former Health and Disability Commissioner Professor Ron Paterson appointed to head the inquiry.

She says nothing is off the table. We all know we have a problem with mental health and our suicide rate is shameful.

Government is committed to take action and improve the lives of people living with mental health .

Dr. Tiatia-Seath says a good place to start is examining the evolving nature of what it means to be Pacific.

"We need to identify what are the issues without having others define it for us," she says. 

"The generations are changing. The millennials are a completely different generation to mine and my parents. We need to keep up with the evolving nature of what it means to be Pacific."

Around 170,000 people used mental health and addiction services last year, 71 per cent more than a decade earlier.

Josiah Tualamali'i will be joining the mental health inquiry team. Photo/ Twitter.

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