The Ministry of Health is developing a long-term pathway to set the direction 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 people. 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 initial 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:
- He Ara Oranga
- Whakamaua: Māori Health Action Plan 2020-2025
- Māori hui
- Pacific fono
- Regional workshops with mental health and addiction sector and people with lived experience
- Kia Kaha, Kia Māia, Kia Ora Aotearoa: Psychosocial and Mental Wellbeing Recovery Plan
- Mā te Rongo Ake – Through Listening and Hearing
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.
Long-Term Pathway information sessions
On 8th and 11th March we ran two online information sessions to provide more detail about the Long-Term Pathway - what it is, what it means for those working in the mental health and addiction system and what’s next.