You can provide your submission online here. The five questions you will be asked are: 

  • 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? 

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

You do not need to provide any evidence of your condition, we simply want to hear your views.

Before you start filling out this form, you can click here to read the introduction information about the public submission process.

Please also ensure you have read the Legal information about your submission webpage, including information about how your submission will be managed and how to request confidentiality. 

Submissions are due by 5pm Tuesday 05 June 2018. 

To ensure we meet the Government’s deadline of October 2018 for providing recommendations, formal submissions close on 5 June. This timeframe enables all submissions to be carefully analysed, research to be undertaken and the Panel are given sufficient time to deliberate on all matters raised. However, we appreciate that for some individuals and organisations this time period might be tight so we will consider requests for time extensions on a case by case basis. Please get in touch with us at if you would like to apply for an extension for your submission.

The Meet the Panel forums will continue until 3 July. This provides an opportunity for people to share their ideas with the Inquiry. The views presented at these meetings will be considered by the Inquiry in its deliberations.

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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