According to the World Health Organisation, mental illness accounts for 15 percent of the total burden of disease in the developed world, with depression set to become the second leading cause of disability in the world by 2020.
For several years, Mental Health has been a priority health area for the New Zealand Government. In 2005 the release of Te Tāhuhu - Improving Mental Health 2005-2015: The Second New Zealand Mental Health and Addiction Plan, broadened the Government's interest in mental health and addiction from people who are severely affected by mental illness and addiction to all New Zealanders - while continuing to place an emphasis on ensuring that people with the highest needs can access specialist services.
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