The MHF welcomes He Ara Oranga, the final report of the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry, released to the public on 4 December 2018. The report outlines a robust set of recommendations which call for comprehensive reform of New Zealand’s response to mental distress and wellbeing. 

Now the report is out and the MHF is working to keep the pressure on political decision makers to implement the Inquiry’s recommendations. To create the kind of change that is needed, we will need this Government and all future Governments to be courageous enough to make bold decisions and learn from the mistakes of the past. The government is expected to respond to the Mental Health Inquiry’s recommendations before the end of May 2019.

The MHF has formally responded to the He Ara Oranga – read our response here.

Read our initial media statement about the report here.

What was the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry?

The Inquiry was initiated in early 2018 in response to widespread concern about how New Zealand supports people experiencing mental distress, as well as how we can increase wellbeing.

Its purpose was to identify unmet needs and develop recommendations for a better mental health and addiction system for Aotearoa.

Over 2,000 people attended 26 public meetings around the country and over 5,200 submissions were made to the inquiry. Over 400 other meetings were held with a range of groups. The Mental Health Foundation made six submissions to the Inquiry, which you can read below. 

For more information about the Inquiry, please visit the Government Inquiry website.

What did the MHF say to the Inquiry?

The MHF made written submissions to the Inquiry, and organised meetings between the panel and several of the sector stakeholders and communities we work with.

The MHF’s main written submission to the Inquiry was:

A society where all people flourish – submission from the Mental Health Foundation to the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addictions.

We also developed five collective submissions on behalf of projects we lead and groups we work with:

The MHF also supports the core thinking and kōrero within other submissions to the Inquiry: