Mental Health Inquiry consultation opens; reading list on violence and mental health

Thu 10 May 2018

The website and consultation document for the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction - Oranga Tāngata Oranga Whānau have been ...

The website and consultation document for the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction - Oranga Tāngata Oranga Whānau have been launched.

The Clearinghouse has published a reading list on the links between abuse/violence, trauma, mental health issues and addictions, to support your submissions to the Inquiry.

Inquiry website and consultation document

The website,, provides information about the inquiry, how to give feedback, the consultation document, public meetings and where to go for support.

The consultation document explains how to give feedback. It is available as a PDF in English and various other languages including te reo Māori and NZ Sign Language (see links to the right). It is also available in accessible formats such as Easy Read.

The panel is asking for feedback on five questions:

  • "What’s currently working well?
  • What isn’t working well at the moment?
  • What could be done better?
  • From your point of view, what sort of society would be best for the mental health of all our people?
  • Anything else you want to tell us."

The deadline for written submissions is 5 June 2018.

To learn more about what is and is not included in the Inquiry, see the summary version of the terms of reference. The introduction to the consultation document states:

"Overall, we want to hear your ideas about solutions that might help to:

    • build positive mental wellbeing for all New Zealanders
    • help people to deal with mental health challenges early (before specialist treatment is required)
    • enable people to avoid becoming addicted to something that causes harm
    • prevent people from taking their own lives
    • make it easier and faster to identify when someone is facing mental health or addiction challenges and get them help more quickly
    • improve the quality of the support and interventions given to those who need it, and
    • any other ideas about how to improve mental health and wellbeing in Aotearoa."

Chair of the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry Ron Paterson, said:

“This is a once in a generation opportunity to deliver a solutions based report that generates hope and 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 implement."

A series of hui, fono and public meetings are running around the country from now until July 2018.

The Inquiry was to report back by October 31 but this has been extended, and they will now report back by November 30.

UpdateThe final report from the Inquiry has been delivered to the Government. Health Minister Dr David Clark said the report would be released publically by the end of year. The Government is planning to formally respond to the Inquiry report in March 2019.

Research on mental health issues, addictions, trauma, violence and abuse

The Clearinghouse has published a reading list on the links between abuse/violence, trauma, mental health issues and addiction, to support your submissions.

Also see The Backbone Collective Submission to the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction (2018).

Selected media

Sister's suicide sparks Taranaki mother's crusade to end violence against women, Stuff, 07.12.2018

Mental health working group 'dominated by DHBs' - advocates, Radio NZ, 29.11.2018

Māori voices needed in mental health reform, Waatea News, 29.11.2018

Time to get on with the Mental Health Inquiry report, Press Release: Public Service Association, Scoop, 28.11.2018

Greens call for conversation around mental health after Government rejects cross-party group, Newshub, 07.10.2018

Te Rau Matatini Advocating for the Māori Voice, Press Release: Te Rau Matatini, Scoop, 05.10.2018

Government saddened by suicide statistics, Beehive Press Release, 24.08.2018

New Zealand suicides highest since records began, NZ Herald, 24.08.2018

Number of deaths by suicide increase for fourth year in a row, Radio NZ, 24.08.2018

Pay increase for mental health and addiction support workers next month, Beehive press release, 25.07.2018

Mental health and addictions settlement rights a wrong, Press Release: Public Service Association, Scoop, 25.07.2018

Mental health support workers to receive pay increase, Radio NZ, 25.07.2018

Free counselling pilot for 18-25 year olds a step closer, Beehive Press Release, 23.07.2018

Government announces $10.5m mental health pilot for 18-25-year-olds, NZ Herald, 23.07.2018

MHF launches new suicide prevention resource, Press Release: Mental Health Foundation, Scoop, 19.07.2018

Mental health inquiry says 'there was some rage' as it acknowledges public frustration but remains confident of delivering blueprint for change to Government, NZ Herald, 17.07.2018

Police disappointed after mental health pilot dropped, Radio NZ, 16.07.2018

Police ditch plan to send mental health workers on crisis callouts, Radio NZ, 15.07.2018

Police mental health plan victim of funding cuts under new Government, Stuff, 15.07.2018

Will the inquiry really be the saviour of the mental health system?, Stuff, 27.05.2018

Time running out for participation in Mental Health Inquiry, Press Release: Public Service Association, Scoop, 23.05.2018

Young children pushed to the brink by family violence, Radio NZ, 22.05.2018

Calls to examine link between domestic violence and youth suicide, NewstalkZB, 22.05.2018

Suicidal teens often suffering from poor sleep, bullying; New report finds common factors, One News, 21.05.2018

Poverty link with children's mental health 'unarguable': Children's Commissioner, NZ Herald, 14.05.2018

Psychiatrists not recognising domestic violence cases study finds, ABC Radio Sydney, 12.05.2018

Māori students want better mental health support at uni, Māori Television, 11.05.2018

Rainbow voices to the Government Inquiry into Mental Health, Press Release: RainbowYOUTH and #wearebeneficaries, Scoop, 07.05.2018 

NZ mental-health inquiry starts, Otago Daily Times, 30.04.2018

Focus needed on community based mental health services, Radio NZ, 27.04.2018

Mental health inquiry urged to work as fast as possible, Manawatū Standard, 27.04.2018

'I believed I was worth nothing and no-one would ever want me', Stuff, 27.04.2018

Suicide factor in young Maori death rate, Waatea News, 27.04.2018

Kids in poorest areas three times more likely to die - report, Newstalk ZB, 26.04.2018

Concerns over mental health phone line, Radio NZ, 26.04.2018

Manawatū to present submission on Mental Health Inquiry, Māori Television, 26.04.2018

New Zealand's young activists need to step up for mental health, Stuff, 09.04.2018

The mental health inquiry - a call to action for Pasifika, LeVa website, 30.01.2018

Mental health review to look at services and equity of access - Govt, Stuff, 23.01.2018

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