New Zealand this week approved a new “well-being budget” aimed at bolstering mental health services and combating child poverty, the Associated Press reports.
The budget includes roughly $1.2 billion for mental health care over the next four years. The funds will fuel suicide-prevention programs and provide free addiction treatment.
“The old way of doing things has left too many people behind,” New Zealand Finance Minister Grant Robertson said. “New Zealanders want us to measure our success, and invest on their behalf, in line with their values. The values of fairness, the protection of the environment, the strength of our communities.”
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