Bill English was forced to defend National's record on mental health this morning on TVNZ1's Breakfast.
Host Hilary Barry asked the National Party leader why no one from his party attended the Yes We Care suicide awareness gathering outside Parliament yesterday.
"I wasn't aware of that, there will be someone there today," he replied. "I know about suicide, I have seen the devastating impact it has on families and have met with some of these people involved with the campaign."
"That's why National has focused on mental health and have looked to target the issue in more depth with our latest mental health package, which will look to expand services to schools, GPs and e-therapy digital counselling," Mr English said in defence.
He was then pressed on whether the government is doing enough when it comes to mental health right now.
"I think we're doing as much as we can, but as I commented we need to try something more and different, to reach more people at risk," he said.
* Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact:
Lifeline's 24-hour telephone counselling service on 0800 543 354.
Depression Helpline (8am to 12 midnight) - 0800 111 757
Samaritans - 0800 726 666 (for callers from the Lower North Island, Christchurch and West Coast) or 0800 211 211 / (04) 473 9739 (for callers from all other regions)
Suicide Crisis Helpline (aimed at those in distress, or those who are concerned about the wellbeing of someone else) - 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
Youthline - 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What's Up (for 5-18 year olds; 1 pm to 11 pm) - 0800 942 8787
Kidsline (aimed at children up to 14 years of age; 4pm to 6pm weekdays) 0800 54 37 54 (0800 kidsline)