Aotearoa’s approach to supporting people with mental health and addiction needs is undergoing transformation, driven by He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, published in 2018.
He Ara Oranga acknowledged that the system provided a solid foundation to build on, and that New Zealand’s mental health and addiction system has valuable strengths, including a skilled and committed workforce. However, the assessment of the system outlined unmet needs, growing inequities and long-term, systemic barriers.
The engagement sought specific feedback on the mental wellbeing framework published within Kia Kaha, Kia Maia, Kia Ora Aotearoa, focusing on four key areas:
- The key principles outlined in the framework, and how they could, or should, be applied over the longer term.
- How communities can best be supported to initiate and lead mental wellbeing initiatives, appreciating that the focus areas within the mental wellbeing framework seek to broaden the scope of support to include greater emphasis on mental wellbeing and support within communities.
- Specific thoughts on what’s needed within each of the six ‘enablers’ – key areas which, if investment is directed, can support transformation.
- What longer-term shifts (over the next 6-10 years) would support system transformation.