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More people seek mental health help

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/05/2016

More than 100,000 adults and over 44,000 young people sought help from mental health and addiction services last year.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says overall there's been a 21 per cent increase over the last five years.

Of the 102,000 adults who accessed services during 2015, 84 per cent were seen within three weeks and 95 per cent within eight weeks.

Of the 44,500 young people - aged 19 and under - 70 per cent were seen within three weeks and 91 per cent were seen within eight weeks.

Dr Coleman says the increase in demand can be partly attributed to improved reporting from non-government organisations and more encouragement for people to seek help.

Population growth also played a part.

The government increased funding for the services from $1.1 billion in 2008/09 to $1.4b in 2015/16.

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