Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has encouraged New Zealanders – and particularly Kiwi men - to be more open with each other regarding their mental health struggles.
Asked to share her thoughts today during Mental Health Awareness Week, Ms Ardern called for Kiwis to speak more openly about day-to-day issues.
"There's something to be said for us speaking more openly around just the issues that people face day-to-day...being much more open with each other around the stress and strain that people feel in a modern environment," she told media.
"The large majority of people never come to the attention of our mental health services and yet take their own lives and so the first step is seeking help and encouraging people to be much more open particularly, males in our community."
Ms Ardern said the stress and strain she felt were largely related to her job.
"Without wanting to overstate it, whatever I experience it probably just reflects the job that I’m in and not necessarily more than that," she said.
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