Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, November 3rd, 2015 - 44 comments
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Radio New Zealand has reported that the police are dealing with 100 mental health patients a day and the time required to deal with them is increasing.
The latest police annual report shows officers are dealing with three times as many people suffering from mental distress, and eight times as many people who are suicidal, as they were in the late 1990s.
This year alone police have handled 4300 repeat mental health calls and tens of thousands more one-off calls.
Callouts were taking an average of five-and-a-half hours to resolve. The previous year that figure was two-and-a-half hours.
And there was this report suggesting that the number of beneficiaries telling WINZ that they are being subject to domestic violence has increased by 50%. Given that many beneficiaries would be afraid to acknowledge they were even in a relationship this figure is heartbreaking.
And every day I see more and more homeless on the streets and this occurs while the Minister figures out more and more innovative ways to bash the poor for political gain.
But it is not all doom and gloom for everyone. The Australian banks are making record profits and I am sure that their shareholders are happy.
All four major Australian-owned banks have continued record runs of profitability, with a combined haul of $4.59 billion.
The staggering figure represents more than $1000 for every person in New Zealand, but an expert says the scale of the business justifies the rewards.
The expert is Massey banking expert David Tripe. It is a shame the media did not go to someone suffering from mental health issues or someone in an abusive relationship or someone without a home for comment so that balance could be provided.
Despite government claims that the crime rate is reducing and the number of beneficiaries is decreasing you get the strong feeling that the gaps in the welfare safety net are widening and that the flow of money from the poor and the rich continues unabated.
Is this really our brighter future?