Kia Kaha, Kia Māia, Kia Ora Aotearoa.
The Kia Kaha, Kia Māia, Kia Ora Aotearoa: COVID-19 Psychosocial and Mental Wellbeing Recovery Plan provides a national approach to supporting the mental and social wellbeing of New Zealanders in the COVID-19 recovery period.
The Ministry of Health previously published a provisional psychosocial response plan for COVID-19 Alert Level 4. That plan provided guidance to assist agencies involved in planning, coordinating and delivering psychosocial interventions and mental health and addiction services.
The new plan provides a framework for collective actions to support whānau and communities to adapt and thrive over the next 12 to 18 months. It draws on the directions for mental wellbeing that were laid down in He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction.
It is a ‘living document’ that the Ministry of Health will continue to review as we assess the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.
We received feedback on the plan from a wide range of organisations via the Ministry's consultation hub, which closed on 17 June 2020. We are now assessing that feedback, which is helping build a collective picture of how different organisations are contributing to the COVID-19 recovery and will assist with shaping a further iteration of the plan, anticipated for later this year.