Mental health and addiction

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

Repealing and replacing the Mental Health Act

The Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992 is legislation that sets out when, why and how the government can intervene in a person’s life to give them mental health treatment against their will.

The Act has not kept pace with new approaches to care and we want to find out what mental health legislation in New Zealand should look like. 

Public consultation is now open – get more information, make a submission, or register for consultation meetings.

Updates & announcements

Recent publications

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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