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Watch: 'The target's gotta be zero' - Jacinda Ardern talks about being personally touched by suicide during mental health speech

Jacinda Ardern delivered an impassioned speech in Hamilton today, and spoke about losing someone to suicide when she was younger. 

The Labour Party Leader pledged the issue was a focus, saying "the target's gotta be zero’". Source: 1 NEWS

"Mental health is the epitome of the conversation we should be having about health care in New Zealand," the Labour leader said.

"I've talked a little bit about this before. I, like many New Zealanders, grew up having lost someone to suicide as a young person."

Ms Ardern said when she talks to groups of young Kiwis and asks them: "If there is anyone in their circle, that's left them with that experience too, without fail, every hand goes up". 

Ms Ardern said she is asked about targets for suicide, but "the target's gotta be zero". 

"How can we ever say we have any tolerance for loss to suicide at all?"

She said Labour would conduct a review of the mental health sector and put a nurse in every public secondary school. 

National announced a $100 million social investment fund into mental health services in August, as part of a $224 million injection into mental health over four-years.  

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