Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction

Are you living with a mental health challenge or an addiction? Do you know someone who is? Perhaps you work to help people who are trying to overcome the challenges? 

The Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction wants to hear from you about:

  • what's working well?
  • what's not working well?
  • what could be done better?
  • what sort of society would be best for the mental health of all of our people?
  • anything else you want to tell us?

Submissions close on Tuesday 05 June at 5.00pm.

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Meet the Inquiry Panel

Coming up:
Invercargill, Monday 28 May
Dunedin, Wednesday 30 May
Timaru, Thursday 31 May

Inquiry Panel Chair Professor Ron Paterson explains how the Inquiry works (video)

Photo of the Inquiry Panel

Introducing the Inquiry Panel - Dr Barbara Disley, Josiah Tualamali’i, Professor Ron Paterson (Chair), Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath, Sir Mason Durie and Dean Rangihuna.

About the Inquiry

Our purpose is to identify unmet needs related to mental health and addiction and develop recommendations for a cohesive mental health and addiction framework for Aotearoa, New Zealand.

We will recommend solutions that are pragmatic and doable - for the short and the long-term; at national and local level. We will build on the good work already being done, while looking at system-level change.    

We are looking at how to prevent mental health and addiction problems, how to intervene early and respond better to people in need, and how to promote wellbeing.

Our Inquiry panel members are hearing from a wide range of people around the country – including people with mental health and addiction challenges. 

We want to set a clear direction for the next five to ten years that Government, the mental health and addiction sectors and the broader community can pick up and make happen.

We aim to generate hope and make real, positive change.

Contact us

Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry
PO Box 27396
Marion Square
Wellington 6141


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