New Zealand needs to do more to help people with mental health issues, and the government should consider a reform of its accident compensation system to cover these illnesses, according to a new OECD report.
The report comes amid a review of New Zealand’s mental health work policies and outcomes. It highlights that one in five New Zealanders in any given year will experience a diagnosable mental health issue. This adversely affects well-being and costs the economy some $12-15 billion every year, equivalent to around 4-5% of annual GDP.
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