Ryan Bridge: Our questions about the Government's approach to mental health deserve answers

OPINION: I want to give a quick shout out this morning to a colleague of mine who's taken an unusual step because he's passionate about something,

Bryce Casey from The Rock had the Prime Minister on his show this week.

Usually when Prime Ministers go on these music radio stations it's a bit light-hearted, a bit of banter - but there's no real serious questions or anything. 

Which is totally fine. It's good for people of all backgrounds and interests to be exposed to politics. 

John Key used to do it too. Remember when he told the country he peed in the shower on Radio Hauraki. That was weird.

Anyway, the point is, it's usually a fun spot.

But Bryce Casey asked the Prime Minister about mental health - specifically why Mike King's Gumboot Friday counsellors failed to get any government money. 

And he followed it up with another question. 

This is because he's very passionate about helping his audience members battling their demons - many of them young Kiwi men. 

I can only imagine the stress this puts him under with an inbox filled with stories everyday. 

So I wanted to say two things. 

First, good on you Bryce for doing what you're doing - I mihi your mahi.

Second,we've got Dr Ashley Bloomfield on the show this morning - and I will endeavour to follow up on your question. 

So many of us have been affected by sombody's suicide, and many of you have questions that deserve answers. 

See the interview with Dr Ashley Bloomfield here.

Ryan Bridge is filling in for Duncan Garner on The AM Show.  

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