Just 20% of New Zealanders believe mental and physical health are treated equally in the healthcare system according to an Ipsos Global Advisor Study. The majority (59%) believe physical health is treated as more important than mental health.
Other highlights from the key findings include:
- New Zealanders are significantly more likely to think of their physical wellbeing than their mental wellbeing.
- Women tend to think about their mental wellbeing more often than men.
- Younger New Zealanders (aged 18-34) think about their mental wellbeing more often than older age groups.
- Relationships with friends and family are seen as having the biggest effect on mental wellbeing, followed by finances and their job or work–life balance.
- Finances have the biggest effect on mental wellbeing for those aged 35–49 years.
- 20% of New Zealanders believe that mental health and physical health are treated equally in the New Zealand healthcare system (compared to 27% in Australia, 20% in Great Britain 20%, and 23% in the U.S.).
- The majority of New Zealanders see the value in spending on mental health services, with 71% disagreeing that increased spending on mental health services is a waste of money.
- The majority of New Zealanders (73%) agree that mental illness is an illness like any other. A similar proportion (76%) agree that we need to adopt a far more tolerant attitude toward people with mental illness in our society.
- In terms of attitudes towards mental health in society, 74% of New Zealanders agree that seeing a mental health professional is a sign of strength, and over half (54%) do not agree that anyone with a history of mental illness should be excluded from public office.