Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry

Let's Stand Together on Mental Health.

Now is the time for all of us to ensure the Inquiry receives the input it needs to deliver much needed change for better mental health and addiction services in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

The announcement of the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction in January 2018 reflected the success of the hard campaigning that PSA members collectively engaged in during 2017.

During the period of April - June 2018, the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry panel invited interested people and organisations to provide written submissions.

What did the PSA send to the Inquiry?

The PSA made a submission to the Inquiry, as did the PSA Youth network. You can download these under the Documents tab below, or visit the PSA's Submissions page.

What is the Inquiry setting out to achieve?

The independent Inquiry panel has stated it wants to "generate hope" and set a clear direction that Government, the mental health and addiction sectors and the broader community can pick up and implement to improve New Zealand’s approach to mental health and well-being for the next five to ten years. 

Under its Terms of Reference the Inquiry must report its findings and opinions to the Minister of Health by 31 October 2018. 

Its report is expected to make recommendations to improve the structure of public services that treat mental health and addiction. It will look beyond the health sector, including discussion of the complex causes of mental health and addiction problems. 

How can you take part in the Inquiry process?

The independent Inquiry panel welcomed as much input as it could get to produce a report with significant recommendations. The window for submissions closed on 5 June 2018.

Now that the final report has been published, the PSA has commenced preparing a response to the recommendations put forward in the report. The PSA will be working alongside the PSA Mental Health Committee and members working in mental health and addiction services to best offer suggestions for how New Zealanders can get the most out of our mental health and addiction services.


Information on how to keep safe in making a submission

Everyone who talks/ writes to the Inquiry panel are protected under the Inquiries Act 2013 to speak freely and frankly. 

As stated in the legislation: It is an offence under the Inquiries Act for a person to intentionally prevent a witness from giving evidence or threatens or seeks to influence a witness before an inquiry (s29 (1) (g)

Please note that your submission will be made public unless you specify otherwise. The Inquiry panel is putting in place measures to ensure the public meetings are respectful and safe for all participants. 


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Time running out for participation in Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry

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