Mental Wellbeing Long-Term Pathway

The Ministry of Health is developing a long-term pathway for transforming New Zealand’s approach to mental wellbeing.

He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction found that significant shifts were needed to enable better mental wellbeing outcomes for everyone in Aotearoa. It set out a clear and aspirational vision for the future – mental health and wellbeing for all.

We’re driving a transformation of how we support people needing help with mental health and addiction issues – broadening the scope to include prevention and early intervention, addressing equity issues and supporting our most vulnerable.

In 2020 The Ministry of Health published Kia Kaha, Kia Māia, Kia Ora Aotearoa: COVID-19 psychosocial and mental wellbeing plan. It sets the direction and actions required over 12-18 months.

We’re building on the strong foundation this plan provides, and developing the pathway for transformation over the medium to long term. Our work to date has been informed by many insights and feedback gathered through a range of channels, including:

Long-Term Pathway engagement

Developing a longer-term pathway for transformation is a collaborative process, because achieving the vision we have for mental health and wellbeing for all requires a collective approach. We gathered feedback over March 2021, focused on the initial direction we had set in Kia Kaha, Kia Māia, Kia Ora Aotearoa, and how we could take it further to shape the long-term direction.

This included online information sessions about the Long-Term Pathway, which are all available as recordings below. 

Information session recordings

Following the engagement period, we analysed all the feedback we received to identify key themes and ideas. A report covering off a summary of the feedback is provided below.

On 3 June we held another online session which covered off the key themes that came through in engagement on direction of the Long-Term Pathway, as well as an update on our work programme.

  • Thursday 3 June 2021
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