Rising to the Challenge

The Mental Health and Addiction Service Development Plan 2012–2017

‘All New Zealanders will have the tools to weather adversity, actively support each other’s wellbeing, and attain their potential within their family and whānau and communities.’
Rising to the Challenge

In December 2012, the Government announced a 5-year service development plan for mental health and addiction services. The aim is to ensure that New Zealanders have better access to quality mental health and addiction services. Health service providers will work alongside individuals, families, whānau and communities so that people with mental health or addiction issues are able to get the help they need sooner and recover faster when they are unwell.

The plan includes 100 actions to:

  • improve mental health and wellbeing, physical health and social inclusion for people with mental illness and addiction issues
  • encourage more effective use of resources
  • enhance integration of mental health and addiction services
  • reduce disparities in health outcomes
  • improve access to and reduce waiting times for mental health and addiction services.

These actions will be delivered by the Ministry of Health, district health boards and mental health and addiction service providers across our communities.

People are more likely to make a better recovery from mental illness or addiction when they take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, and when they have good support around them. Individuals, families, whānau, communities and service providers all have important roles to play in Rising to the Challenge.

The full service development plan can be found at Rising to the Challenge: The Mental Health and Addiction Service Development Plan 2012–2017.

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