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The jury is out….Results of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction

10 July, 2019

posted in commentary, events, wellbeing

Last year, over 5000 people or organisations made submissions to the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry – maybe you were one of them. The panel made a 5 minute animation to summarise the findings of He Oranga which you can watch by clicking on the following link

To read the full report in a range of formats go to: or follow this link

Introducing the Inquiry Panel – Sir Mason Durie, Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath, Professor Ron Paterson (Chair), Minister Clark, Dean Rangihuna, Dr Barbara Disley and Josiah Tualamali’i at the handover of the report to the Government on 28 November.
Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry

Key findings:

We can do more to help each other

We have a solid foundation to build on

We’re not getting the outcomes we want

Quality of services and facilities is variable

Key components of the system are missing

It’s time to build a new mental health and addictions system on the existing foundations to provide a continuum of care and support.

Extremism is not a mental illness

2 April, 2019

posted in commentary

This blog is a summary of a statement from the Mental Health Foundation of NZ (20 March, 2019) following the terrorist attack. We thought it was so good we would put a shorter version on our website.

Following the 15th March’s appalling terrorist attack, many people have suggested that the terrorist must have been mentally ill. It is perhaps comforting to think this but this answer is probably fiction. It wrongly connects mental distress with ‘violence’ or ‘threatening’ and ‘a risk to the community’ which is deeply troubling. The terrorist is an extremist but it is an unfair leap to assume we can blame mental illness for his actions. One, it lets ourselves and the country off the hook from reckoning with racism, white supremacy and the anti-immigrant sentiments that directly led to this attack. This is not part of mental illness. Two, people who live with mental health issues in NZ are already some of the most vulnerable people, recipients of prejudice and discrimination and incorrectly blamed for disproportionate amounts of violence.

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