You can make your submission online here. You will be asked to answer only five questions.

You will also be asked to provide some information about yourself and to say whether you would like some or all of your submission to be confidential. 

You do not need to provide any evidence of a mental health condition or addiction – we simply want to hear your views.

Before you start filling out this form, please make sure you have read these pages about:

Submissions closed on 05 June 2018 at 5.00pm.

We have recently identified a technical issue with the ‘save and return’ function for making online submissions. 

The above function should allow you to save a copy but people have experienced problems, so this function is now disabled. Instead press ‘print’ to save a copy or otherwise use the ‘submit’ button to complete your submission. We recommend completing the survey in one sitting.  

For those affected, we will try to endeavour to extract your information supplied to us. Please contact us at so that we can identify your submission. You can also send your views by email. 

Question 1: What’s currently working well?

We know there are concerns with how we view mental health and addictions, promote mental wellbeing, and provide support and services to those who need it. We also know there are some good things already happening that could be supported and expanded. We want to hear about the good things currently happening.

Question 2: What isn’t working well at the moment?

We know that some things are not working so well at the moment. We want to hear what you think isn’t working well, and where there might be gaps or problems — such as the underlying causes of the problems, unmet needs, the way services and support are delivered, the links between services, and the availability of services and resources. 

Question 3: What could be done better?

You’ve told us what you think is working well, and what isn’t working well. In this section we want to hear what you think would make the biggest difference to improve and transform mental health and addiction outcomes in New Zealand. This might include your ideas about how to prevent people from developing mental health or addiction problems, as well as ideas about how to improve the support and treatment given to those who need it.

Your ideas might be focused on specific communities or groups of people, or more general views about what could be done better. We want to hear all ideas — big or small, specific or broad, innovative and new, or building on something that is already happening.

What are your ideas about what could be done better or differently to improve mental health and wellbeing in New Zealand? What could be done better or differently to prevent addiction from occurring? What could be done better or differently to prevent people taking their own lives and support those affected by suicide? How could support be better provided to those who need it?

Question 4: From your point of view, what sort of society would be best for the mental health of all our people?

We want to hear what your ideal, healthy New Zealand would look like. What would be the foundations, principles or values that would support positive mental wellbeing for all New Zealanders, and how we might best assist those who need help.

Envision how you could refresh how the system in Aotearoa promotes positive mental wellbeing, and prevents, identifies and responds to mental health and addiction challenges, including suicide.

Question 5: Anything else you want to tell us

Before you finish, please tell us a few things about yourself. This information will help us better understand the information we receive, where the areas of unmet need are, and identify ideas that best fit various groups, because what works well for one group might not work for another.

Please indicate which of the following best represents you (Tick as many as appropriate)
Please indicate if you identify with any of the following groups (Tick as many as appropriate)
Please indicate if you provide services specific to any of the following groups (Tick as many as appropriate)
Please indicate how you would like the confidential parts to be treated

For further information about requests for a submission to be kept confidential, please visit the Legal Information about Your Submission webpage.

Unless confidentiality is expressly requested, all submissions and evidence may be made publicly available at the discretion of the Inquiry.

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