Mental health and addiction

We’re working to transform New Zealand’s mental health and addiction system.

Mental Health & Addiction nursing recruitment

The Ministry of Health, in partnership with VMLY&R, has developed a campaign to improve mental health, addiction and wellbeing outcomes by increasing the capacity of the nursing workforce.

The campaign ‘Are You Ready’ aims to:

  • encourage nursing graduates to choose mental health and addiction as a preferred practice area and as a professional career;
  • attract former nurses back into the profession; and
  • increase the number of Māori and Pacific peoples working in this area.

The campaign will run for 2 years and is part of a comprehensive mental health and addiction workforce development programme funded through the 2019 Wellbeing Budget.

Find out more: Nursing recruitment

Updates & announcements

Recent publications

Mental health and wellbeing year in review (December 2021)

Mental Health Quarter Three (Jan-Mar 2021) Progress Update

The year in review: Quarter 2 update

This document outlines the third quarter (January to March 2021) progress made by the Ministry of Health on implementing He Ara Oranga.

COVID-19 Psychosocial and Mental Wellbeing Plan

COVID-19 Psychosocial and Mental Wellbeing Plan

A framework for actions to support the mental wellbeing of New Zealanders as we respond to the impacts of COVID-19.

See more Mental Health publications.

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