National’s first ever mental health and suicide prevention spokesperson says his own party was too slow in government to take the portfolio seriously, Newsroom reveals. As a teen, Matt Doocey dealt with the side effects of a head injury that led to bouts of depression, destructive behaviour and isolating. At no point did anyone discuss with him his head injuries or what might result from the impact. The MP is critical of the Labour Government’s recent review of mental health by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Health Minister Andrew Little agrees that despite a $1.9 billion investment in the 2019 Budget, there hasn’t been as much progress as some might expect.
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