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Mental Health & Addiction Kōrero

  • Zeal Hamilton 9 Ward Lane Hamilton, Waikato, 3204 New Zealand (map)
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New Zealand has the worst youth suicide rate in the OECD; with 23 deaths per 100,000 per year, with the highest amongst males and Maaori.

This doesn’t speak to the attempted suicide rate, which is much higher. In 2016, we had 16,806 calls taken in relation to attempted suicide.

The Waikato region has a high population of millennials, with 23% of the total in Hamilton, 16% of the Waikato region, aged 18-30. With such high levels of young people in our population, we are heavily affected by the mental health crisis as a community.

Around the Waikato, we can feel the energy. There’s a desire to build a more connected region, and work together to find solutions for local challenges.

Currently, there is a Government Inquiry into #MentalHealth & #Addiction in #Aotearoa - their purpose is to identify unmet needs related to mental health and addiction, and develop recommendations for a cohesive mental health and addiction approach for Aotearoa, New Zealand.

As the 15-30(ish) year olds, this is our chance to #realtalk, share what's going right, and what's going wrong, as part of a collective formal submission. Our voice will be heard.

The night will be facilitated around a series of questions in a world cafe style, which will be collated and written in a formal submission to the inquiry.

We're incredibly proud to partner with the following organisations to bring this event to life:

Earlier Event: 16 May
Wellbeing; fads and fundamentals
Later Event: 20 June
Finding purpose in your playground