Guidance and information for mental health and addiction professionals managing services during the COVID-19 response.
Page last updated: 27 May 2020
On this page:
- Psychosocial and Mental Wellbeing Recovery Plan
- Guidance for mental health and addiction NGOs
- Guidance for Mental Health Act processes
- Mental Health Act information for service users
- Guidance for specialist mental health and addiction services
- COVID-19 Health and Wellbeing Survey
The Kia Kaha, Kia Māia, Kia Ora Aotearoa - COVID-19 psychosocial and mental wellbeing recovery plan provides a national approach to supporting the mental and social wellbeing of New Zealanders in the COVID-19 recovery period.
The Ministry of Health will continue to review the plan as we assess the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. As part of this we are accepting feedback on the plan which will help build a collective picture of how different organisations are contributing to COVID-19 recovery and will assist with shaping a further iteration of the plan, anticipated for September 2020.
We would be grateful for your feedback by 15 June 2020.
Guidance on managing services during the COVID-19 lockdown period. This advice is for providers of residential mental health and addiction services. These guidelines are interim and may be amended as the COVID-19 alert levels evolve.
- Guidance for mental health and addiction NGOs (Word, 278 KB)
- Guidance for mental health and addiction NGOs (PDF, 162 KB)
- Updated: 11 May 2020
The purpose of this advice is to help services continue to provide safe and effective assessment and treatment to people that respects their rights to the greatest extent possible in the circumstances. It is critical to ensure the rights of patients and proposed patients under the Mental Health Act are protected and balanced with the need to ensure patients and proposed patients receive appropriate care and treatment.
- Guidance for Mental Health Act processes (Word, 281 KB)
- Guidance for Mental Health Act processes (PDF, 263 KB)
- Updated: 20 May 2020
This provides information for service users/tangata whaiora about Mental Health Act assessments and treatment processes during the COVID-19 epidemic while at Alert Level 2.
- Mental Health Act information for service users (Word, 268 KB)
- Mental Health Act information for service users (PDF, 205 KB)
- Updated: 20 May 2020
Guidance on managing specialist mental health and addiction services during the COVID-19 Alert Levels 3 and 4. This includes statutory guidance for Directors of Area Mental Health Services (DAMHS) and Clinical Directors on managing instances where a service user is unable or unwilling to adhere to COVID-19 Alert Level requirements.
- Guidance for specialist mental health and addiction services (Word, 275 KB)
- Guidance for specialist mental health and addiction services (PDF, 149 KB)
- Updated: 29 April 2020
The COVID-19 Health and Wellbeing Survey provides information about how New Zealanders have been impacted by COVID-19.