According to the World Health Organization, mental illness accounts for 15% of the total burden of disease in the developed world, with depression set to become the second leading cause of disability in the world by 2020.
Budget 2019 has a major focus on new mental health, wellbeing and addiction initiatives. To find out more see Budget 2019: Mental health, wellbeing and addiction initiatives.
Mental health and wellbeing are priority areas for the Government.
The Ministry of Heath welcomes the Government’s formal response to He Ara Oranga, the report of the independent Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction.