Mental health and addictions

This section provides information about the Ministry's work in the areas of mental health, depression and suicide prevention.

In this section

  • Information on alcohol and public health policy in New Zealand Read more
  • Drug policy in New Zealand is guided by the National Drug Policy and the National Drug Policy Committees. Read more
  • Information on Ministry's mental health work, which includes providing policy advice, administering legislation and developing the workforce. Read more
  • An initiative aiming to reduce the impact of depression on the lives of New Zealanders by aiding early recognition, appropriate treatment and recovery. Read more
  • The Ministry funds and coordinates problem gambling services. This section covers problem gambling services, their usage, and the problem gambling levy. Read more
  • Information for health services, schools and police on withdrawal from psychoactive substances. Read more
  • Rising to the Challenge is the Government’s 5-year service development plan for mental health and addiction services. Read more
  • Information on the Ministry’s suicide prevention work, including the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy, Action Plan, and suicide prevention initiatives. Read more
  • The Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project is working to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people. Read more
  • Publications relating to mental health in New Zealand, including suicide prevention and the National Depression Initiative. Read more
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