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
  • The National Drug Policy is the guiding document for policy and practices aimed at preventing and reducing drug-related harm in the community. Read more
  • The Ministry's mental health work in relation to the Mental Health and Addiction Plan 2010, the National Mental Health Plan (Te Tāhuhu) and the Mental Health Act. Read more
  • The National Depression Initiative (NDI) aims to reduce the impact of depression on the lives of New Zealanders by aiding early recognition, appropriate treatment, and recovery. Read more
  • This section provides information about the Ministry’s work in the area of suicide prevention, including the New Zealand Suicide Prevention Strategy, Action Plan, and suicide prevention initiatives. Read more
  • The Ministry of Health is tasked with the funding and coordination of problem gambling services. This section covers problem gambling services, the data on their use, and the problem gambling levy. Read more
  • Rising to the Challenge is the Government’s five-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. Read more
  • The Prime Minister’s Youth Mental 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