Mental Health Committee

The Mental Health Committee advocates for the unique needs of mental health workers, focuses on sector-specific issues and works to improve the pay and conditions of mental health workers.

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We are the mental health union

Mental health workers have long been a vital part of the PSA, across the health, community, social and justice sectors.

Together, we:

  • Negotiate better pay and working conditions with our employers, so we can have a better working life; 
  • Work with employers to create high performing services and good outcomes for service users; 
  • Advocate for the issues that matter to mental health workers, including health and safety, staffing ratios and better facilities and treatment for clients; 
  • Make sure the Minister and opposition spokespeople understand our issues through regular meetings and communication

Focusing on our issues

Working in mental health is hard – that’s why being in the union is so important.

As a PSA member you will have:

  • Expert advice and support from New Zealand’s biggest trade union;
  • Protection against unfair treatment in the workplace;
  • A bigger say in the decisions that affect you and your colleagues;
  • The opportunity to improve your pay and working conditions;
  • The chance to link in with 62,000 fellow PSA members like you in a range of networks.

The mental health sector is changing fast, so make sure you have the security that being in the mental health union can provide. PSA members will be best to make sure that our wages and working conditions are protected and improved in the coming years.

PSA Mental Health Committee

The Mental Health Committee, with membership from mental health workers like you in the DHB, Community Public Services and Public Service sectors, meets regularly, bringing issues to the table for action and discussion.

Recently, we’ve been active in:

  • The Director of Mental Health’s Inquiry into the Henry Bennett Centre at Waikato DHB;
  • Submitting to the Ministry of Health’s Mental Health and Addictions Workforce Action Plan;
  • Advocating for better funding and support for mental health services in Canterbury;
  • Campaigning for ‘Better Safer Fairer’ rosters in DHBs;
  • Looking at the potential impacts of social bonds on PSA members and their communities.