Mental Health Foundation breaks silence on Jami-Lee Ross

"We believe you can have discussions about these valid issues without weaponising Jami-Lee Ross's distress against him."

That's the message from the Mental Health Foundation regarding the Ross saga. 

We have been troubled (as have many of you) by some unkind and sensationalised comments regarding Mr Ross's mental health," the foundation wrote on Twitter in an open letter. 

"We are disappointed to see old attitudes about mental illness and distress seeping into those discussions." 

Ross was picked up early on Sunday and 'sectioned' under the Mental Health Act, which means he did not go into care voluntarily.

Ross will be able to leave the hospital when he has a place to go with full-time support, which his friends are looking into, but they aren't pushing for him to leave in a hurry.

Now the foundation says people need to take care of their use of language. 

It previously spoke out against Simon Bridges' use of the word "embarrassing" to describe the reason Mr Ross went on medical leave. Mr Ross subsequently said he suffered a mental breakdown.

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