1491885863083 - Media Take: Kiwis feel abandoned by mental health system – Mike King

Media Take: Kiwis feel abandoned by mental health system – Mike King

Comedian and mental health advocate Mike King has called out Health Minister Jonathan Coleman on his lack of knowledge on mental health matters.

King appeared on Maori TV programme Media Take on Tuesday night to discuss the issue, along with Shaun Robinson from the Mental Health Foundation who also voiced his disappointment.

In the episode, mental health campaigner Mike King and Mental Health Foundation CEO Shaun Robinson discuss New Zealand’s current mental health issues ahead of the People’s Mental Health Review results due to be released next Wednesday April 19th.

Full episodes of Media Take can be seen on demand on the Maori Television website from 9am Wednesdays.

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