Update on progress towards implementing a mental wellbeing approach

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26 June 2023

The Mental Health and Addiction Group at Manatū Hauora has published Kia Manawanui Aotearoa: Update on implementation of a mental wellbeing approach.

This update provides an overview of progress made against the actions in Kia Manawanui Aotearoa –  the long-term pathway to mental wellbeing.

Kia Manawanui sets out the vision of an Aotearoa where mental wellbeing is promoted and protected, people are supported to stay well, and they can get the support they need, when and where they need it.

Kiri Richards, Associate Deputy Director-General, Mental Health and Addiction says this report demonstrates the progress we have made towards this fundamental shift in how we approach mental wellbeing.

Kia Manawanui outlines the actions that government agencies need to take over 10 years to promote, protect and strengthen mental wellbeing in Aotearoa. It sequences the actions across the short, medium and long-term and groups them in 3 timeframes:

  • building the foundations (2021–2023)
  • expanding innovation (2023–2027)
  • embedding system-level change 2027–2031).

“It’s clear that change is underway and good progress has been made, but we know there are significant ongoing pressures and challenges. There is more work to do as we move beyond the initial stage of building the foundations for mental wellbeing and move into the expanding innovation phase,” says Kiri.

We can’t achieve mental wellbeing for all through the health system alone. Ensuring good mental wellbeing for everyone requires all of us to act collectively to make improvements. We all have a role to play – government agencies, cross-sector delivery partners, communities, whānau and individuals.

We encourage you to consider what more you can do to bring Kia Manawanui to life in your workplace, home, school or sports club.

Read Kia Manawanui Aotearoa: Update on implementation of a mental wellbeing approach.

Read Kia Manawanui Aotearoa – long term pathway to mental wellbeing.

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