Mental health

According to the World Health Organization, mental illness accounts for 15 percent of the total burden of disease in the developed world, with depression set to become the second leading cause of disability in the world by 2020.

Mental Health is a priority health area for Government.

In November 2012, Cabinet approved the five year strategy, Rising to the Challenge: The Mental Health and Addiction Service Development Plan 2012-2017 (Rising to the Challenge). This strategy builds on and supports previous strategies.

This section provides information in relation to Rising to the Challenge, the Mental Health Act and mental health resources.

In this section

  • The Ministry provides mental health policy advice to the Minister of Health. It is responsible for implementation of government policy through collaborative efforts with district health boards, and for the administration of mental health legislation. Read more
  • There are a number of legislative Acts which relate to mental health and addictions. Read more
  • Health and disability sector workforce development is a priority for the Ministry. Health Workforce New Zealand funds a national infrastructure to develop the skills and knowledge of those working in the mental health and addictions sector. Read more
  • There are a number of initiatives and key organisations working in the mental health and addictions sector. Read more